A Preemie Birth Story

Meet Lotus!

An itty bitty baby that made her entrance in to the world at 34 weeks. Belle Hess recounts the honor and privilege she had to photograph this small bundle of joy several times throughout her NICU stay.

“It started when Amy (a birth doula, friend and superwomen) asked me to go to the hospital with her for Lotus’s birth. Although Miss Lotus arrived via a c-section, I loved watching Amy still perform her role as a doula and encouraging the new parents before and after baby arrived! Within a few hours after Lotus was born, we got to visit her in the NICU as well as watch and capture some precious family moments.”

Lotus is a small (but mighty) warrior and is now at home with her parents and her sweet big sister!

I could not have asked for a better doula than Amy during our pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. We were very scared due to suffering nearly fatal complications in our previous pregnancy resulting in a 34 week preemie and emergency c-section under general anesthesia. When interviewing Amy, she truly understood my fears. She had so much empathy, understanding, and words of comfort to offer. We even cried a little. Immediately I knew I wanted her!

Deceena – Kettering, Ohio