I believe a story can be told through imagery. Good imagery. Imagery that moves you, that shows emotion. I believe a birth story can be told not just with words as is so often found but through photographs. From beginning to end, my camera recorded Katja James’ entry into this world of ours on Monday, April 15, 2013. Her mom Rachelle labored hard and long to bring her earthside. Natural childbirth is a beautiful thing to behold. The only time I had experienced a natural, unmedicated birth was with my own two children who were born at home. Rachelle was a strong, fierce and beautiful laboring mama. She was patient and controlled and really did a beautiful job birthing Katja gently while her doula, Kristen DuBard of Mamsense Birth and hubby Aleks helped her through contractions. When Katja was crowning, there were no doctors, or nurses in sight. I was snapping away and a resident came in with one glove, and told mama not to push because “they didn’t have their stuff set up yet.” Both mama and daddy roared, “I’M/SHE’S PUSHING!,” and with the next push baby’s head emerged, and just a second or less later her body was born. Katja came out pretty shocked! She was in the middle of a silent cry when the doc was holding her with one gloved hand and with a sheet in the other. It was the fastest birth I had ever witnessed, both in person and on a video, from crowning to fully out, my camera recorded about 5-6 frames spanning about 1-2 seconds total. WOW! People talk about being “on a birth high” after they’ve witnessed a birth or photographed one. I can say I finally know what they mean. I was euphoric for about 3-4 days after the birth. Life is good. Here is the story of her birth told through my lens.