Surrogacy is Beautiful | Salem, Oregon Birth Photographer | Salem Hospital Birth Center

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Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf.


Birthing Center: Salem, Oregon Hospital
Photographer: Salem, Oregon wedding and birth photographer
Mellissa Stanturf
Baby Name: Micah
Weight: 8 lbs 6 oz
Birthdate: December 10, 2016

Surrogacy is a beautiful thing- the act of carrying a baby for someone who can't carry a child on their own. Heather already has two children of her own and was drawn to the idea of surrogacy and helping a couple create a family of their own or expand their already formed family. Heather researched surrogacy and after much research she decided to find the Intended Parents on her own. She created a post in a surrogacy group stating she was seeking the perfect Intended Parents wanting to expand their family. Kim reached out. She was the first to message Heather and Heather knew immediately that Kim and Steve were the perfect match. It was the start of a beautiful journey. Surrogacy is something so giving and selfless and involved that these two families became extremely close. The months of Heather's pregnancy brought many phone calls, visits, and gratefulness. Her pregnancy was right on track and baby boy was expected to be super healthy.
Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Heather's induction started uneventful and despite her nervousness due to never being induced before- Heather was a champ and birthed a healthy boy epidural free, something that she wanted.
Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. The anticipation of baby M was felt throughout the room. Dad and mom couldn't wait to hold him and tell him how much they loved him. Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Kim's mother, an RN, was also by their side. She too, was very excited to meet her new grandson.
Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Once Heather's bag of waters broke her labor progressed pretty quickly. She labored so well. Pretty soon it was time to get checked and for baby M to come.
Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Heather soon told us all that she thought it was time to push. The doctor came in, got set up, and baby Micah was on his way. The emotion of Kim and Steve was heartwarming, powerful, and so moving. It was the culmination of months and years waiting for this little boy and the moment they'd actually have him was almost here.
Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Micah was born a little purple/red but quickly recovered pinking up right away. His apgar scores were wonderful. Dad was ready for Micah when he made his entrance and had his shirt off so that he could do immediate skin to skin time. Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Kim overwhelmed with emotion thanks Heather in this portrait. The bond they have with one another can't be explained.
Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. In this portrait baby Micah was introduced to his brother and sister for the first time.  Surrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate birth at Salem HospitalSurrogate delivers healthy baby boy at Salem Hospital birth center in Salem, Oregon. Captured by birth photographer Mellissa Stanturf. These two families still keep in constant contact with one another. In fact, Heather and her family just flew to see Micah and his family for vacation. Baby Micah is a very loved baby boy.

Salem, Oregon birth photographer and beyond. Servicing McMinnville, Newberg, Corvallis, Albany, Tigard, Hillsboro, Lincoln City, Silverton, and Salem. Also photographing home births and center births.
 

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