Birth Photography

Each and every birth is unique and transformative. While looking back at our own birth experiences, many moments can be fuzzy. When you hire Rachel Henderson as your birth photographer, you will have documented these little moments and be able to remember the details of such a monumental day. Not only will your birth be photographed, but the entire experience- the relationship between your partner, your birth team, doula, care provider, family- all of this and more will be recorded as it happens.

Hiring AluraWayne for birth photography means that your photographer will come to you anywhere in the Nashville area and surrounding counties, whether you choose to birth at home, in a birthing center, or in a hospital. Any and all births are welcome! Your photographer will be on call, just like your doula, prior to and after your baby’s due date (yes, even at 2am!). When she has been called, Rachel will arrive at your location while you are in labor in order to document the full birthing process. She will typically stay one hour after delivery to capture those first bonding moments you have with your new baby.

Birth photography isn’t just for moms! Dads: a photographer can capture your relationship with your partner during her labor…your love and encouragement. Your strength, both emotionally and physically; those first moments you hold your baby in your arms. The moment that feels like time stands still, yet races by in the blink of an eye. With a birth photographer, you can have these moments captured in photographs so you can remember them forever.

Belly Binding

Belly binding is a tradition in many eastern cultures.  The practice involves using special knots to tie a long strip of cloth around the abdomen – sometimes after applying an herbal paste or essential oils to the abdomen – during the postpartum recovery period  to support a woman’s uterus and other organs after childbirth. The Bengkung style of belly binding seen here is specific to the Malaysian culture. 

Benefits of Postpartum Belly Binding:

  • It helps to slim the ribcage, abdomen and hips.
  • Pulls in the separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) back together.
  • Encourages healing from pelvic/pubic separation (a partial bind during pregnancy can be especially beneficial for pelvic support).
  • Supports relaxed and stretched out muscles.
  • Reduce fluid and air retention in bowels/abdomen. 
  • Gets rid of the “empty” feeling after childbirth.
  • Nurtures the mother in a time of vulnerability and healing.
  • Prevents back pain. While wearing it, you are reminded to sit and walk straight, a good antidote to the “nursing-slouch”.
  • Decreases postpartum bleeding time by speeding up the process of getting rid of waste blood in a natural way. 
  • It’s an ancient traditional natural way of healing after birth.
  • In the case of a miscarriage or still-birth, belly binding can improve emotional healing as it speeds physical healing.
  • It feels good!

Read FAQ about belly binding here.