A hospital maternity session was a first for me! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous coming into this session. I have never done a maternity session in a hospital before. I don’t think most women envision a hospital maternity session as their dream session. But my nervousness quickly subsided once I saw this sweet family that I just adore so much! I was so excited when Gaby contacted me that baby #2 was on board and that she wanted another maternity and newborn session like she had with her adorable daughter Zoe. I was extra excited because now that I live in the Temecula, Murrieta area, I’m so much closer to where they live than when I was in Orange County.
We planned a beautiful session outdoors and Gaby was excited to have purchased matching tutus for herself and Zoe. She even ordered custom fresh floral crowns. But right before her scheduled session, I got an email from her that her water broke. She was only 31 weeks along. She was admitted to Rancho Springs Medical Center here in Murrieta and was on super strict bed rest. She was really bummed that she would not be able to do the outdoor session that we planned, but still wanted to capture this important milestone-even if it wasn’t what she planned on. I made sure to find out from her doctor exactly what her restrictions were. Did she have to stay in the bed for the entire session? Could she could stand up at all, even if it was for a minute?
I wanted to make sure I was extremely careful as I did not want to cause any problems. When I got into the room, I immediately started moving all of the furniture and tried to clear as much stuff out of the way as I could and bring everything as close to the window as possible. I didn’t want to use any of the ugly florescent hospital lights and wanted to use natural light only. There was only one window in the room and it was tiny. I wheeled her hospital bed over to the window as close as I could (yea for the bed being on wheels!) and kept her movements to a minimum. I did most of the session in her bed and she only stood for about a minute.
Out of all the maternity sessions I’ve ever done, this by far is my most favorite! I absolutely love that Gaby still wanted to move forward with her session, even if it was in a hospital and not outdoors like she planned. I love that you can see her IV in her hand in the photos. I love that you can see some of the hospital monitors in the background in a few images. Because you know what? This is her story. This is part of her baby’s story.