| My own birth story about to unfold |

38 weeks! Now it is my turn to take a break and nurture my next baby into the world. I feel excited and I can’t wait to share my own story with you – no pressure right?!

mybirthstoryblogbirthphotographerAs I prepare for my next birth, I’ve really enjoyed reflecting where ‘The Birth Story’ has come from and why I am so passionate about it. After much global attention from a recent birth I photographed, I was interviewed by Kochie from Sunrise. I was expecting to be asked about the moments surrounding that wonderful birth. Instead I cringed when Kochie said 

‘Well I suppose

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I believe the images we hold most dear are those we connect with through special memories, this is why I love photographing a newborn in their own home. In years to come this mother and father will remember the hours they spent in that little nursery cradling their new boy. The memories attached will make these images all the more special as the years go on.  xx 20010637254731485029

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A beautiful day in May | The Birth of Matilda

It was one of those incredible moments of reality. I look around for a second to absorb my surrounds as I realise the fullness of what is happening. I see morning dew on the grass and light trickling through the above trees. I see a mother completely flooded with emotion of love, joy and somewhat surprise and a father laughing in shock exclaiming to an audience of passing cars ‘My wife is incredible!! She just gave birth in the car!!’ There was so much emotion and I wish my camera could record sound at the same time. It was magical. To witness raw emotion of love is simply breathtaking and beautiful.

I’ll share it through my eyes, then below is some beautiful words through the mother’s eyes. Grab a cuppa and enjoy. xx

Going back about an hour… Mishi text me to say Corinne was in the early stages of labour and he’ll keep me updated. As it was a text message I thought things mustn’t be too urgent. Another text came through about 30 mins later to say we’ll head into hospital shortly. I immediately rang my mum (on call babysitter) and I was out the door  in ten minutes. The plan was to meet them at the hospital as I assumed they would have left by then. I decided to go past their house on the way. I just caught them hopping into their car and I followed them. We had a 30 minute drive ahead of us. Cruising down the highway I was wondering how Corinne was going. I knew this birth wouldn’t be really long as Corinne knew how to keep her body relaxed and efficient to birth as she teaches Hypnobirthing classes.

Suddenly the car pulls off to the side, just outside the apple shop! Immediately I knew what must be happening and adrenaline goes in overdrive as I also see Mishi jump out.  Grabbing my camera and running to the passenger door I think I was clicking my button before I even got there. haha. Thankfully I wasn’t 3 seconds later.. The images will tell the rest.



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Now through the eyes of the mother…

As with the previous 14 nights, I woke up numerous times with discomfort in my ribs. Like I had done all of those other nights, I got up, walked around the house and had a bit of a stretch, visited the bathroom checked the time, 2:40am this time, and got back in bed. Half an hour later, the ritual was repeated every half an hour until 3 hrs had passed.  It was then that I realized the discomfort waking me was not only the discomfort in my ribs but was accompanied by surges (contractions- for those who have not done HypnoBirthing). At 5:50am I decided that I’d better get up so as not to wake the sleeping 3yr old next to me. I texted my Doula and my birth photographer to let them know I was experiencing surges and it could be the start of labour but I wasn’t totally convinced as I’d had no other signs of labour. I also went to tell my husband the same thing as he was getting ready for work. I decided then to go and jump in the shower and things really

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June 6, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Corinne - Thankyou for your beautiful words to accompany the magnificent photo journal that was Matilda’s entry in to the world.

June 6, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Leanda - Absolutely beautiful! xoxo

June 6, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Kristie - Thanku for sharing such a beautiful moment with us , I bet u were so thankful to have such a great birth photographer with u that captured such a miracle

June 7, 2014 - 1:06 am

Bobbie - Beautiful and filled with emotions, I love it!

June 7, 2014 - 1:16 am

Alexis - This is freaking amazing! Made me cry!!!! Seriously awesome photos and story <3

June 7, 2014 - 11:25 am

Ani - Thanks for sharing this story – my daughter took 23 hours from labor onset to birth, not wanting the same with our son I prayed and spoke scriptures over my body. We ended up with an induction but I decided Gods word still applied and only 7 hours after receiving pitocin, (30 min of intense surges and one really big push) our little guy was born. So amazing – makes me want a bunch more!

June 7, 2014 - 4:29 pm

amy - I love this. My son’s birth was very much the same! We made it as far as the hospital and the midwife delivered him in the front seat if the car also. Amazing to see these pics as we only have 1 very dark blurry I phone pic as it was 11pm.

June 7, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Margo - Amazing and re affirming the power of birth and women.

June 7, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Ruth Kerr - Picture perfect!

June 7, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Jasmine - Oh this makes my day! We’ll done guys so happy you got a perfect birth and a lovely photo journal to go with it!!! You’re right Corinne, that head presentation shot is incredible!!!!! Xxx

June 8, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Carmelina - I’m in tears! What a beautiful amazing experience!! Such a beautiful natural way for your daughter to enter this world! And the photos are amazing!! I love the one where your husband is bringing your son around to meet his baby sister, everyone’s faces!! Says it all!!
Thank you for sharing this amazing experience!!

June 8, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Peita - Wow Corrine, what an amazing and touching story. The pictures are beautiful and the way you told your story was beautifully written. What an exciting time for you all. Brought a smile to my face. Congratulations to you all. Peita x

June 8, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Dejah - I know exactly what she meant about it being intense, and hard, but not painful. This beautiful story brought happy tears to my eyes. Congrats on the whole thing and you’re beautiful daughter!

June 8, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Michele - Congratulations!
Your birth story sounds similar to mine except that I was in the back of our minivan on my hands and knees and my husband didn’t pull over! He just kept driving until we got to our birthing center. It was AMAZING.

June 8, 2014 - 7:36 pm

Tracey Farina - Wow, tears in my.
I have three daughters and every one of there births were different. All were water births, number one beautifull and carm to number two scary and hill to number three
worried and having the support from my 6year old.
They say photos can only say so much but it feels like I spend those special moment with you and I was there.
Wow.
Congrats guys.

June 9, 2014 - 4:55 am

crystal - AMAZING!! In every sense! Congratulations!

June 9, 2014 - 5:08 am

tara pollard pakosta - What a rockstar!
amazing birth story!
beautiful family!
awesome photos!
thanks for sharing!
tara

June 9, 2014 - 6:54 am

Beatriz - Really love this! congrats <3

June 9, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Jocelyn - This is such a lovely birth story! It sounds so similar to my daughters birth story

June 9, 2014 - 12:29 pm

melanie - The story and pictures are absolutely amazing! Did anyone else notice the dad lifting his shirt (holding the baby) like he is testing out breastfeeding while the mother is holding the older child? I think it’s cute! My husband has totally done that! haha

June 9, 2014 - 2:28 pm
June 9, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Tally - Wow i have tears reading that, how incredible, well done everyone! Welcome to the world Matilda :)

June 9, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Diana - Wow! I’m fascinated by these pictures, this story… I’ve always thought giving birth is a magical moment and these pictures illustrate it very clearly! Thank you so much for sharing!
In my country, laboring is allowed only in hospitals, laying on my back, I wasn’t screaming but I wasn’t allowed to growl as well… so… I’ll be dreaming for a birth like this in the future! :)

June 9, 2014 - 9:50 pm

Katherine Duffey - I cried! So absolutely beautiful!!!

June 10, 2014 - 5:59 am

Christien van Helden - Corinne, Congratulated with the birth of your daughter!!!
Enjoy her.
And amazing those nice pictures of the birth.

June 10, 2014 - 6:20 am

Christy - Beautiful story. If baby comes this quickly they are in that ideal position! I had something similar happen with one of my births, Daddy wound up catching the baby in our bathroom! Just so unexpected, and only around 15 minutes of contractions! Thankfully as we have midwives, they just drove to our house afterwards. Such a wonderful experience. Enjoy your babymoon!

June 10, 2014 - 11:24 am

Kelli - Beautiful family, beautiful Mumma, incredibly beautiful birth and STUNNING photographs capturing the moment forever <3 <3 xxx

June 10, 2014 - 11:24 am

Kelli - p.s – home birth for you next time!! ;)

June 10, 2014 - 10:47 pm

Julia Turner-Qi - I cried reading your beautiful spiritual birth story. I am do h as ppy to see that you embraced the serenity and spirituality of the moment instead of choosing to see it as a tragic mishap. I caught one of my own babies before and it is an experience that can’t truly be explained but it is euforic. I liked your comparison to birth to squats. I always say it is like running a marathon. It sucks at times while you are doing it, but you do it and you come out feeling elated and just a few days later you realize that it is something you would love to do again. Many blessings.

June 11, 2014 - 12:53 am

Autumn - Thank you for sharing this beautiful and amazing story.

June 11, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Photographer Przemyslaw Szklarski - WOW. I ran out of words.!

June 12, 2014 - 12:40 am

Sarah - Congratulations Corinne!!! What a story and how amazing to have those beautiful photographs to take you right back there. I welcomed my daughter Elke Jean to the world, at Castlemaine hospital, that very same morning you said hello to Matilda. There must have been something in the air that morning as I was supposed to birth in Ballarat (as I had gestational diabetes) but my labour came on very hard and fast and we we’re lucky to have made it to Castlemaine hospital as I was 9 cm dialated and wanting to push when we arrived. We were secretly very happy that our baby girl was working with us as we really wanted to birth at Castlemaine and we got our wish. If we had of attempted to go straight to Ballarat she would have been born on the road with the kangaroos. Anyhow congratulations again and thank you for sharing your story and giving me confidence if I don’t make it to hospital in time with baby #2.

June 12, 2014 - 4:35 am

Greke - Congratulations!
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June 12, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Jen - This is so beautiful and amazing! I birthed my second son in the front seat of our car on the way to the birthing center this past October. Oh how I WISH I had photos like this! So beautiful! I love how she mentions her 3 year old rubbing her back. Once we realized I was in labor, my 2.5 year old was laying birth stones on my back. I will always remember him there with me at that moment even though he may not. Car births are great! I couldn’t have asked for a better birth.

June 12, 2014 - 8:19 pm

Tennille - So beautiful to have these precious memories. I really love the little red hat as it really brings out the beautufil colour of her lips. You are very lucky to have these photos.

June 14, 2014 - 3:03 am

jesse - We had our baby in our car on the way to hospital..wish we had pictures like this. beautiful.

June 14, 2014 - 9:00 am

Shannon - AMAZING birth story! And such gorgeous photos! What a miracle you were there to capture such an incredible experience. Love these!

June 14, 2014 - 10:09 am

Bev - Great photos, I had a very similar arrival of b2, it was a planned home birth, water not filled up yet. The waters broke as I stepped into the half filled water, then 3 pushes – or I liked your word ‘surges’ and she was out and then I sat down in the warm water, and she had a float with me. So not a water birth too fast! I was super grateful that we had a planned home birth otherwise I was sure it would have been unplanned at home or in the car, or the car park or lift at the hospital – definitely would not have made it to a birthing suite! I know some women who are a bit PTSD from their fast b2 car trip not nice!

June 20, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Lila - How absolutely awe inspiringly beautiful! Such great images of an amazing story!

June 20, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Roseann - Wow, what an incredible experience for all! I loved reading the mom’s perspective. Congratulations to the whole family! I have only photographed one birth, and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I hope to do it again. And I will definitely hire a photographer when I give birth some day. :)

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June 20, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Sam - Best. Birth story. Ever.

June 24, 2014 - 3:09 am

Simone - The story is amazing and the pictures are incredible. I felt adrenaline in my body with the first lot of birthing pictures! Then I got teary with all the others. So much love. The meaning of the apple store and it’s significance shows that life is truly in control – how could we ever plan such perfection :) Thank you for sharing.

June 29, 2014 - 10:37 am

northwestkathleen - I think the photo of the wee boy with his hands on his hips after it is all over, is priceless!! Like, what do you think of that?
Glad it all turned out well and mother and baby are healthy………..congratulations!!

June 30, 2014 - 12:43 am

Kathleen - Wow, that is simply amazing.

June 30, 2014 - 1:59 am

Rosie Sorrell - I had just made a cuppa!!! So this was a beautiful & amazing story to read on a Sunday morning:) Thank you for sharing such a personal experience, you are such a loving family & I wish you all kinds of happiness as you watch your little ones grow, Congratulations :)

June 30, 2014 - 9:19 am

Another Corinne from Chicago - What an incredible story! -The most beautiful pictures and AN AWESOME MOM!!!! So calm, and beautiful. How amazing are you?!?!!! Welcome little Matilda~

June 30, 2014 - 11:00 am

Patricia - I’m weeping with the wonderful beautiful LOVE in this story and pictures. Your family is adorable.

June 30, 2014 - 2:18 pm

sock rat - You are the most talented photographer I’ve ever seen the work of. As a woman and I swear us women do this, we see pictures as a whole Ever little detail. my single female friends when seeing a dating profile picture, may turn down a guy if they see him looking great but the house or room around him is trashed that speaks volumes.
I only wish I had photos of my son born. I felt If I did them or recorded and such it would be trashy. Sure birth is beautiful. And looking back I didn’t need to “lay it all out” But man If I had just a photo or recording of me crying and speechless to say anything and when he started crying. I didn’t know as a first time Mom what a clue to do as they put him on my chest and said, “dry him off mom” and when he cried I used my index finger like my Mom told me she did to me to rub his cheek and all seemed right in our world….despite he’s 13 now and might not make it to 14 if he keeps leaving his clothes on the floor. Maybe the photos of great moments for me should start now.

June 30, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Sara - One of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. Pictures made me cry joyful tears.

June 30, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Jaxx - That birth picture is the most moving thing I have ever seen. What a treasure for you and your daughter to have. What a lovely family you have. May you all walk with angels every day of your lives. Thank you for sharing something to perfect with us all.

And what a great job your photographer has!!! I’d love getting the be a part of so many miracles.

June 30, 2014 - 4:38 pm

JUNE SHABSIS - Thank goodness for you and your unbelievable photography! You show so much empathy and class in your photographs. Thank you, so much, for sharing these wonderful moments.

June 30, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Michelle R Carnevale - The best ever birth I known! I’m over the moon with joy for your dear family down under in OZ~~~~~ CHEERS! auntie m

July 1, 2014 - 12:07 am

Eliz - Amazizng, beautiful and inspirational. Our daughter was in labor 3 days and I was present for the 100% natural birth of our first grandson…truly an experience much different than when I gave birth to her… So very VERY happt for you all…precious family you have.

July 1, 2014 - 1:44 am

Anne OShea - Oh How Beautiful. I was so touched, Beautiful Photo’s Glad all is well enjoy Your Lovely Family, Hugs, Anne

July 1, 2014 - 11:01 pm

holly - Wow! Such a gorgeous family and joyful story. I love the pure joy and excitement captured on the dad’s face. Much love from Austin, TX.

July 2, 2014 - 12:01 am

Catherine - I just gave birth to my second baby after a 6 hour labor. Like you, I thought I had more time and labored at home as long as I could. We drove 20 minutes to the Birthing Center and Charlie was born only 17 short minutes after we arrived. I just cried reading your story, remembering Charlie’s story. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures. What a special day! Happy birthday, Matilda!!

July 2, 2014 - 4:03 am

LINDA - I’m Linda from Belguim,
I send you allots of blessings whith your pressious daughter!!!
Hope you mom and daugther are ok! It’s so great to see the picturs!

whish you and the family all the best!
blessing to you all!

July 2, 2014 - 8:59 am

Sue - I heard you talking on 3AW this morning, what an amazing set of photos. Those moments capture something that can never be replicated. Amazing job to you…….(and mum !!)

July 2, 2014 - 6:14 pm

denise.elliott - Congratulations .thank you for Sharing these Beautiful shots I think they are Just Precious Enjoy your Beautiful Family Cheers Denise

July 2, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Rose Tulk - Congratulations to the Mum and Dad and big brother and welcome to the world sweet little Matlida. These picture are world more than any money in the world. Something to cherish forever they are just beautiful. Best of luck to you all and the photograher is awesome good luck to her for her little one too xxxx <3

July 2, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Kathy Mcguigan - Beautiful pictures of love…..made my day….

July 2, 2014 - 9:02 pm

erkaa - Dear Matilda, what a joy I felt reading your story ! I am going to keep your story because it is so beautiful. I wish you all the luck in your new world. But it will not be so difficult, having such a wonderful family ! Rita & family, Brussels – Belgium.

July 2, 2014 - 9:36 pm

Vanita - Just beautiful! Congratulations, what a blessing :)

July 2, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Libby - Amazing story ! I loved the different perspectives – it would be great to hear your husband’s perspective . Thank you for sharing , great name by the way – it’s my daughter’s name too – Matilda May !!’
Best wishes to you all

July 3, 2014 - 7:43 am

Elana Jasmin - Beautiful story!

July 3, 2014 - 7:59 am

Tanya Margaret Coles - My third birth story is almost the same except I woke to my waters breaking… it was snowing and my daughter Stella was coming a couple if weeks early… she was born under the Lake Tekapo night sky .. a world heritage site for the stars … on the backseat of my car after pulling up outside the Firestation… My partner remarked on how quiet and calm I was from start to finish… he would check on the drive I was ok because almost silent..and I talk a lot I day to day life..I was in the back seat using the babyseat as a support while surging… my second child I delivered by myself in the bathroom and was on time… it’s really funny for the kids to have unique places of birth on their certificates and I wish I had a photographer. . brilliant forward thinking on your part. Congratulations!

July 3, 2014 - 10:42 am

Terri Ferraro - Congratulations! Thank you for sharing the photos and story of Matilda’s amazing birth. I cried tears of Joy. What a lovely little family you are! It is so very special that your birth photographer was there to capture such a precious moment. 14 years ago I had an unplanned home birth with my second daughter! While my husband and I managed, we certainly were not calm and I did worry for my baby’s well being! All was well and we delivered a beautiful , healthy girl! I’m sure my Dad was with us during the birth, he died five days before Olivia was born! It just can’t be coincidence that you stopped outside The little Red Apple with your family connections to orchards. Just confirms my belief in the spiritual world. May you always be blessed!

July 3, 2014 - 10:58 am

Sarah - Incredible work Bree!!!! :)

July 3, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Amy Jean Photography - What an awesome story of Birth and the role of a Birth Photographer!!
It is always an absolute honour to be present at the birth of a child.
It takes a certain kind of someone to fulfil this role and you Rock at it! well done! Look forward to seeing more of your stories.

July 3, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Amit Gogia - Amit Gogia ,india .. 3/7/2014
God is great
Oh How Beautiful. I was so touched, Beautiful Photo’s Glad all is well enjoy Your Lovely Family, Hugs .
God bless little Matilda and ur family forever

Grt work by Bree …

July 3, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Simran - So amazing…. Congrats to lucky parents. Beautiful story bring tears in eyes

July 3, 2014 - 5:46 pm

tania - I love the look of the big brother and daddy standing by the car,hands on hips proud as punch.job well done boys!!

July 3, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Vicki - Thank you for sharing. How beautifully wonderful!

July 3, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Carol Le Brocq - Congratulations! Saw the story in the SMH. I live in Brisbane… Am a midwife and astrologer, would love to know Matilda’s Time of Birth if you would share it with me. I would happily send you a computer print out of her baby chart. Carol

July 3, 2014 - 8:25 pm

Karelynne Randall - What a wonderful expression of love and gratitude… from Mother, Father, son and new Little One. How I wish there were more news stories like this. Congratulations!!! :-)

July 3, 2014 - 9:29 pm

april - oh.my.godness.
you have absolutely nailed this event. What an amazing story and to have the photos to accompany it, i am in total awe of all of you involved. I would have cracked under pressure.
i am just in shock – aaahhhmazing. simply amazing.
well done xx

July 3, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Krishnamurthi Avadhanula - Congratulations. Really an amazing event occurred by the grace of god. True happy lies in that..

July 3, 2014 - 10:22 pm

Corinne - Hi carol she was born at 8:32am :)

July 3, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Suzanne Costello - Congratulations and best wishes to a lovely family. I hope your story inspires more women to use Hypnobirthing. I used it 35 years ago and delivered my first twin pain free without any drugs or intervention in four hours of labour. Twin two became stuck and required medical intervention but the wonderful memory of the first delivery has never left me.

July 3, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Cb - I am only human but I cried my eyes out

July 4, 2014 - 1:07 am

Claudia - Congratulations, what a n amazing story and such beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing, such a special moment, love and happiness to you all xx

July 4, 2014 - 5:27 am

Anette - Congratulations on your beautiful baby. Reading your story brought back memories as we had bub no2 in car ten mins from home and 1hr from hospital. Unreal and sometimes I can’t believe it happened like that. I got inspired by your story and will write ours down before memories fade.Thank you for sharing the beginning of a new life. All the best to your little family.

July 4, 2014 - 7:27 am

M - Absolutely stunning – I am in tears!

July 4, 2014 - 9:35 am

E - You should approach Pergeot with these pictures! Stunning

July 5, 2014 - 6:38 am

caro (france) - Magnifique !!!pleins de bonnes choses pour vous !

July 5, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Bob Flower - Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous story. Truly inspiring. Possibly the best ‘story in pictures’ ever published. Best wishes to Matilda for an equally fabulous life to follow!

July 9, 2014 - 12:12 am

LaVonne - Thank you SO much for sharing your birth story. Your photos make me tear up and remember my own births. None quite like yours! But just as special! Congratulations!

July 14, 2014 - 10:55 am

Fernelle - Amazing pictures and story! Thank you for sharing :-)