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The End: Birth

So I have to say FIRST… before the long story and before even MORE photos… Please watch this slideshow. Heather Essian – my amazing friend and photographer – put this together. She asked me to ‘pick a song.’  I chose ‘This Woman’s Work’ by Kate Bush. If any of you have seen ‘She’s Having a […]

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Tara Eveland - Amazing! this is the most gorgeous thing ive ever seen! congrats to the familyAugust 16, 2013 – 7:30 am

vanessa H - Ohh Arden thank you so much for sharing the pictures and video!!! IT made me cry like a baby!!! God bless your beautiful family!!!August 15, 2013 – 8:01 pm

Richelle - You are the most amazing inspirational woman I know!August 15, 2013 – 7:46 pm

someone - That’s selfish of you to put you’re baby’s life at risk like that. Home births have have triple the mortality rate. Consider yourself lucky.March 13, 2013 – 1:13 pm

Kacey - This literally brought tears to my eyes! Gorgeous!August 13, 2012 – 10:51 am

Kelly - I am literally crying with joy seeing these pictures. So beautiful and so inspiring:)April 18, 2012 – 4:09 pm

jackie - Wow this is such a precious birth story it really makes me feel like I too can have a VBAC and maybe even a HBAC. I also had my first pregnancy induced ending up in a c-section something I wish,hope, and pray to avoid this time around thank you so much for sharing.February 27, 2012 – 12:42 pm

Nicole D - This is gorgeous and very touching…thank you so much for sharing every moment with the internet. :-) February 19, 2012 – 6:17 pm

Taylor - Areden this is inspirational and amazing!! CongratulationsFebruary 11, 2012 – 11:16 am

april - omg I cried reading ur story cause u guys could just see the love every one in the room and the song was a a beautiful touch … I am so happy for ya’ll I am glad it went well.. wishing ya’ll the best cheers! <3 stay in love forever…September 18, 2011 – 10:59 pm

Sarah P. - Congratulations! What a beautiful birth story!September 16, 2011 – 11:33 pm

saundra - I just had to say what a beautiful birth experience you’ve shown through this. i had my third child 2nd vbac in the hopital just a few weeks ago but am planning a homebirth for any future children and really it stuff like this that make me know that it’s right. thank you for sharing and congratulationsSeptember 8, 2011 – 1:09 am

Katie Griffith - I just wanted to say how beautifully you’ve documented natural home birth! I’m having my second and am having a VBAC home birth w/ midwife.. With my first I was also induced and ended with a c-section. I’ve kept a blog for documenting my progress, exercise, and weight gain (then weight loss:)). I’ve linked your slideshow to my blog and had amazing feedback from friends…Love how modern you made natural childbirth look. People need to see birth from this viewpoint! LOVE IT!! thanks for sharing. AWESOME stuff:) Best, KatieSeptember 5, 2011 – 8:01 pm

Sheridan - Beautiful! :) September 5, 2011 – 3:06 am

Carmen (Coqui) - I am in tears. So precious. Eden, welcome to the family. Love. God Bless you.September 4, 2011 – 10:17 am

Carmen (Coqui) - I cried. Precious. God Bless you. Enjoy. Eden, welcome to the family. LoveSeptember 4, 2011 – 10:15 am

Brianna Verdolino - Arden, this is so beautiful! (and wonderfully documented!!)
I found myself wiping tears, more than once, while reading your story.
Welcome to the world, baby Eden!September 4, 2011 – 5:37 am

michel bond - love.September 4, 2011 – 4:22 am

Dad - Breathtaking. What a wonderful experience. Thanks to all of you for sharing.September 2, 2011 – 10:28 am

Hannah @ Treasuring It Up - This is truly gorgeous! I had a hospital birth with my first and a home birth with my second. Nothing compares. Thank you so much for sharing this – and the photographs!!! *gasp* Just absolutely stunning! What an incredible keepsake for you and your daughter.September 1, 2011 – 10:55 pm

Tiffany - Thank you so much for posting and sharing this story. I had a little girl 11 months ago today thru a traumatic c-section. I have been doing research to be prepared to have a VBAC with our next birth. We hope to start trying Oct. of next year. Your story has touched me and empowered me to know that I can do this the way nature intended. You are a strong beautiful woman. Congrats.September 1, 2011 – 1:03 pm

Laurie - Amazing! Never have I wanted to experience a home birth, but now after reading this I do. You can feel the connection you and Paul had during the labor. Congrats on your new addition!September 1, 2011 – 12:38 pm

Jill Scavincky - SO SO SO SO Beautiful!!!! Congrats to you and your entire family! Births like that make you want to have 10 more babies, huh? Well… almost ;) September 1, 2011 – 9:22 am

Deana - Love the slide show and the pictures! Amazing! Congratulations, Arden.August 31, 2011 – 11:41 am

Heather Thorne - What a beautiful post, Arden. I got teary-eyed watching and can’t wait to be a mommy some day. Heather captured it perfectly. May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family!!!August 30, 2011 – 11:04 pm

Karin - So beautiful..and so beautifully documented. Congratulations!!August 30, 2011 – 8:30 pm

DaNella - AWESOME POST!!! I had my second at a home birthing center. It was an awesome experince… Much the same, labored all night, and then took a walk through the neighborhood at dawn… but it was in september, so I kept stopping to stomp accorns… lol She is almost 15. Can I ask the photographer, what blog service you use? I LOVE how all the photo’s show.August 30, 2011 – 6:07 pm

Jackie - Arden, I too was extremely moved by your photos, story and video. I loved be included! As a mother of 3, I welcome you to this special club. All my love!August 30, 2011 – 4:33 pm

Kristin Peaks - Arden – I cannot begin to express to you how AMAZING this post is. Your photos made me feel like I was there. And the video!!! Wow, it is so cool that you let us into your world like this. What an honor to feel like you shared this amazing day with me.


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Rebecca Fuqua - Congratulations. That was beautiful. Donnellyn is my mother-in-law and delivered my 3rd baby at home. She’s pretty special. I have an Eden too. Eden Renee. My 2nd daughter with a sister only 21 months older. The sister thing is really precious. Enjoy!August 30, 2011 – 2:53 pm

Joie Salas - Absolutely Beautiful <3 I literally teared up at my desk! Amazing!!!!August 30, 2011 – 2:07 pm

Yvonne - that is the most beautiful account of a birth i have ever seen. thank you for sharing it with us and many congratulations to you and your family :) August 30, 2011 – 1:17 pm

Emily Tate - Arden this is so beautiful. I love that you were truly honest about the experience…not trying to claim it was all sunshine and roses, but even in the difficulty it was so worth it. Congratulations!August 30, 2011 – 11:35 am

trisha - What an amazing journey! Thank you for sharing with all of us. And that song is perfect!August 30, 2011 – 9:50 am

Kristy Lourance - Arden I have followed you through this entire pregnancy & this has brought me to tears. So moving, so emotional, so amazing & so sweet. I love every bit of it & I am so proud of your strength. Congratulations! Thank You for sharing this!August 30, 2011 – 9:28 am

Erin Askenasy - Oh Arden, this post just brought such tears to my eyes. Absolutely beautiful and thank you so much for sharing such a private and emotional moment with the world. It is a beautiful and miraculous thing! :) August 30, 2011 – 8:42 am

Richelle - I just watched the video of Eden’s birth. So beautiful! I cried! Thank you for sharing! You are such and inspiration to me as a photographer and a Mother.
What a beautiful family you have Arden! Congrats!August 30, 2011 – 8:30 am

Amy - Arden – this is truly the most moving, most REAL, most amazing photography journal I have read/watched in a very long time. I feel so blessed for you sharing it with us. Your friend (Heather) did an AMAZING job documenting this memory and YOU did an amazing job Arden! Hugs ;) August 30, 2011 – 8:28 am

Mariko - Absolutely amazing! I am so planning to do something very similar with our third one. Thank you so much for sharing!August 30, 2011 – 2:35 am

Hilaree - This was one of the most extraordinary exhibits of human emotion I’ve ever seen. SO GORGEOUS. Every moment was captured perfectly. Heather did such an astounding job- I felt like I was there! And I cried! For your pain, for your joy, for your family, for your LOVE. I am so proud of you, brave and beautiful woman, wife, and mother of three! I love you. Thank you for sharing :) August 30, 2011 – 12:31 am

Shawna - I am so happy for you- I loved it! Thank you so much for sharing. I am so glad you were able to do this! Birth is so amazing…I love that in home birth you really do it “all by yourself” and I think you get the privacy and credit you deserve!August 29, 2011 – 11:52 pm

Jen - Beautiful post.
I had a natural birth as well and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Way to go and congrats on the new addition.
You have a beautiful family.August 29, 2011 – 10:43 pm

Heidi - tears running down my face…that is all I can say…what an emotional experience you have just shared with people you don’t know….the tears are still running….how beautiful it was to watch xAugust 29, 2011 – 9:47 pm

Robin Griffith - I think for every mother out there, it brings them back to every birth they have had or even experienced. That is such a beautiful piece of art that you will be able to treasure for the rest of your life. It could not have been done any better. I thank you for sharing that with us, so I could also share in your joy and also remember back to all three of my babies coming into this world. Thank You.August 29, 2011 – 9:07 pm

Jennifer V - I have no words. This is so beautiful and amazing, what a miracle. Thank you for sharing such an intimate experience, I am in awe.August 29, 2011 – 8:51 pm

Carrie - Arden – this is so beautiful. I don’t know you,but you manage to make such a connection. The whole birth story, the images, your family ,everything is just beautiful! You are a very lucky woman to be surrounded with such love and such support. Best of luck to you and your family – I can’t wait to watch them grow!August 29, 2011 – 8:14 pm

Debbie Smith - Crying!! This is the most beautiful blog post I have ever seen or read!! thank you for letting in and enjoying your family experience. WOW WOW WOW!!!August 29, 2011 – 7:39 pm

Tiffani - So perfect, Arden! Congratulations on a healthy baby and a beautiful and natural birth! You did awesome and your photographer did an awesome job of capturing it all. Enjoy your babymooning :-) August 29, 2011 – 7:30 pm

Jessi Slicho - WOW, way to make a girl cry. YOu are truly amazing.August 29, 2011 – 7:15 pm

Heather Essian - LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I’m still so proud of you friend! I feel so blessed to have been a part of it all. Praise God for your healthy wonderful home-birth!!August 29, 2011 – 7:03 pm

Samantha - So I just cried through the entire slideshow and photos about the birth. Congratulations!!! She is perfect! Your family is so perfect! We are so excited for y’all!August 29, 2011 – 7:00 pm

Adrienne - So beautiful, I’m all teary! Heather did an amazing job documenting this. And you, Arden? Well, you just rock.August 29, 2011 – 6:14 pm

Jenn Sawtelle - So beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. I adore your song choice. Loved the movie and the song when I was a girl and I still do. One of the most moving songs ever and, paired with your birth story and Heather’s gorgeous photos it is even more moving. God bless your family and your new baby girl, Arden.August 29, 2011 – 6:10 pm

Amber - So so so precious! I am bawling, thank you for sharing this Arden.August 29, 2011 – 6:09 pm

Life with Kaishon - This was so beautiful Arden. I am thrilled for you. I love this chapter in the book of your life.August 29, 2011 – 5:57 pm

Susan Wolfer-Lennex - Arden…I’m in tears. This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story!August 29, 2011 – 5:51 pm

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The Beginning: Birth

Many of my facebook friends know I was joking on Saturday about the FULL MOON. One of my lovely friends on there brought it to my attention. I was like, “BRING IT ON GRAVITATIONAL PULL!” In fact I even did a bit of research to see if this was ‘true.’ While there isn’t “proven” evidence, […]

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Tiffani - Yes, of course it started! My midwife told me the same thing and at 11pm I started labor. Can’t wait for the rest..August 21, 2011 – 1:37 am

Shawna - So far….it sounds like you’re telling my birth story! Same day of the week, same midwife! That’s kinda surreal…August 20, 2011 – 4:30 pm

Amy M. - Oh Arden!! Your babe is beautiful! and sitting on pins n’ needles here waiting for part 2! Great suspense girlfriend! ;) August 20, 2011 – 12:01 pm

Karin - I am loving this story! :) Such beautiful photos at the end of the post.August 20, 2011 – 8:50 am

Kylie Taylor - WOW- Looking forward to part 2! With big brother holding her you can certainly see a resemblance. She is adorable as are all of your children. I am betting D was correct!August 19, 2011 – 5:24 pm

Meghan - You children are so beautiful. You are so blessed!August 19, 2011 – 3:52 pm

michel bond - I dont like cliff hangers!!!August 19, 2011 – 3:05 pm

Hayley - I love it! Sound exactly like my labor with Elly…exactly!! Kris was the same as Paul. Ever went to get the car detailed for when we brought home our new little bundle :) Looking forward to part deux :) August 19, 2011 – 1:10 pm

Debra Heschl Photography - OK Arden, the suspense is killing me…lol I am so happy for you your family:) Congratulations! I waiting anxiously for the next post!! hahaAugust 19, 2011 – 12:23 pm

The End: Birth » Arden Prucha Photography - [...] The Beginning: Birth [...]August 30, 2011 – 8:25 am


Many of you know I am expecting my third babe – the actual due date is August 16th. So the waiting game, for me (us), has officially begun. However, now this waiting game has begun amongst some major changes in our birth plan. You see, we went from seeing my OB/GYN the first 37 weeks […]

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Elizabeth - I think you will be very pleased with the home birth experience. I have done it all ( hospital, home and birth center) and I have attended many (home/birth center) births as an unofficial doula for friends. I found that when I speak with people about out of hospital childbirth, I explain that for an uncomplicated pregnancy, a midwife attended birth is SAFER than being in the hospital. A midwife is there the whole time and if there are complications they catch them much sooner than if you were in the hospital on a monitor being checked on by a nurse who is busy and has other patients she must attend to. I also have personal experience with being transferred for something crazy happening in labor and can speak to the safety issue.

Oh and I wanted to add that if you did have any complications, your midwife’s back up OB is the best in the metroplex ;) I’ve had my last two little guys with him and he let me attempt a vbac that no one else would. He is an amazingly competent Doctor who respects a mother’s ability to birth her baby. If you are not a candidate for home birth or if you must be transferred to the hospital, he’s the Doctor you want. I live in Fort Worth but have my babies in Denton. It is definitely worth the drive

Good luck with your home birth!August 16, 2011 – 1:23 am

mary - oh. am in tears. i LOVE this decision. my friend, with her 4th pregnancy, had doctor’s care until her 37th week as well. when she & her husband toured the hospital, she realized she just needed to give birth at home, and quickly found the support she needed, even with a medical condition! she had all 4 babies at home. i had hospital births for all of mine, but really wanted to do a home birth at some point; it just wasn’t in the cards for us but our birthing room births were awesome. i praying my heart out for you, for an awesome experience and so much love in holding that little baby immediately and coherently! i photographed a home birth last year, and it changed me forever. what a miraculous thing. much love to you, arden and the WHOLE FAM – all FIVE of you! :) August 13, 2011 – 5:04 pm

Karin - Although all 10 of my kids are adopted and I have never had the experience of birthing any of them, I totally ‘get’ why you want to have this birth at home. I just prayed for you–that your baby will come into the world just as you have dreamed and that God’s peace will rest on all of you. If I had ever given birth, I would have loved for my parents, sister and husband to all be there during the process. :) August 13, 2011 – 8:44 am

Nicole Long - You are such an inspiration and light for a lot of people. I’ve enjoyed reading your experience of this pregnancy over the past several months. I can’t wait to read your story of your home water birth.

I’m prego here in England and getting to experience their health system. It’s completely different from the States in that you only see a doctor if you have complications. The midwives are the ones who provide your prenatal care and deliver a normal birth.

Rock it momma…you will be awesome!August 13, 2011 – 7:03 am

Nicole Long - You are such an inspiration and light for a lot of people. I’ve enjoyed reading your experience of this pregnancy over the past several months. I can’t wait to read your story of your home water birth.

I’m prego here in England and getting to experience their health system. It’s completely different from the States in that you only see a doctor if you have complications. The midwives are the ones who provide your prenatal care and deliver a normal birth.

Rock it momma…you will be awesome!August 13, 2011 – 6:58 am

Yvonne - Beautiful :) August 13, 2011 – 4:22 am

Erica Hotchkiss - You said it all!!! Your research is factual and right on. I had the same experience in the hospital but experience, maturity and knowledge have really put the whole thing into perspective. The hospitals put a time frame on your birth which is a problem because every woman is different. If you don’t progress within those time restraints you are costing them money. The pictocin throws you into unnecessarily hard an extreme labor. What follows is the epidural to relieve you. The only problem is that the counter act on another. This along with keeping you tied to a bed which doesn’t allow gravity to help is totally unnatural. Pure and simple, our bodies are designed to birth our own children completely unassisted. Our bodies have been doing it since the beginning of time and they are still perfectly equipped to continue. Sending prayers your way!August 12, 2011 – 10:55 pm

Heather Essian - Whew! These photos take me back to THE most life changing moment to date. I’m so glad you got to be there with me sweet friend! And even more thankful I have these photos reminding me of the AMAZING love and support I had that special day!

I’m so excited for you guys, and praying my little tush off for the Jenks fam :-). I’m so glad you included links to the statistics. It is such a sensitive topic and it’s so great for us to see all of the information out there. We are blessed to have options and to have the freedom as women to choose what we feel is best for us on an individual basis. :-) Yay yay!August 12, 2011 – 10:03 pm

Jennifer Zunker Simko - I’m so excited for you. I PROMISE you that you will think of yourself in a whole new light when this is over. You will realize you really can achieve anything. One thing that will help is that when medicine isn’t an option it makes the whole process that much more possible. Good luck and keep us posted!August 12, 2011 – 9:44 pm

Melissa :) - It makes me so very sad you weren’t the first to hold your new baby(ies). There’s just something so wrong about that. :( I have another internet friend who had a midwife & her experience was awesome! She is now almost due again & using the same midwife. :) Breathtaking photos, as usual, & I’ll be praying for you!August 12, 2011 – 9:09 pm

Adrienne - Praying for a smooth delivery and a beautiful birth story. Your images of Heather’s birth experience evoke such emotion–what a treasure you gave them!August 12, 2011 – 7:43 pm

Tiffani - Oh Arden! I am SOOO excited for you! This will be something that you will think about EVERY. SINGLE. DAY as your little one grows up. I’m very proud of you for making the decision so late in the game. So many would have been too nervous. You do truly only get one shot at having a birth the way you want it and I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you :-D
I did hypnobirthing ( and would call my homebirth painless. It can totally happen! And mine was a HBA2C. The best part is having the siblings there, too. And being able to go right back to sleep after the midwives leave. I sure hope you have a photographer ;-) August 12, 2011 – 7:04 pm

Kylie Taylor - Your story was really moving and I want to thank you for sharing it. The photos are also very inspiring and empowering to women, giving them the strength to seek out birthing options that are right for them and their families. Best of luck with your up coming birth. I look forward to seeing your photos of baby #3 very soon.August 12, 2011 – 6:56 pm

Life with Kaishon - I have been praying. So excited for you Arden. I hope it is a very beautiful experience and everything goes smoothly.August 12, 2011 – 6:51 pm

Dawniele Castellanos - While I didn’t have a home birth, I did birth naturally and these photos took me back…

Good luck to you Arden. You will do great! Can’t wait to see the little nut :D August 12, 2011 – 6:31 pm

Shannon - I am so glad to hear that you are opting for a midwife/natural home birth. I wanted to with my first but let the people talking in my ear dissuade me. I will totally be doing so for my second (whenever that time should come)!
Congrats on such a beautiful decision…a great read for anyone who feels hospital births are safe/better than home births is PUSHED by Jennifer Block.

Congrats again!August 12, 2011 – 6:21 pm

Baby N Birth

I met Shawna only a couple of years ago when we through, our mutual friend, Hilaree – a ‘Going Away Party.’ Well, Hilaree left boo.  However!  Shawna, Heather and I have all become good friends. Heather was going to photograph Shawna’s birth, but she happened to be shooting a wedding in Jamaica – when the BIG […]

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Brian Wright - As always your photos tell such great stories. I always look forward to seeing your work. Impressed in Ft. Worth!!August 10, 2011 – 10:16 am

Jessica - Gorgeous Arden! There is something so sweet about those first few moments when mom and baby see each other for the first time. I love watching mommas fall in love with their baby. :) March 31, 2011 – 10:33 am

Amy @ Living Locurto - Oh wow! Those are amazing photos!! Worth the wait for sure:-) I love that little baby tush. The ones in the herbal bath at the end are my fave. Great job!!March 31, 2011 – 1:17 am

amber g - ARDEN! This is beautiful, and surprised myself by getting choked up! love love love!March 30, 2011 – 7:18 pm

Megan Bates - Arden, your work is simply breathtaking. You capture the smallest details that make your photos magical. You WILL be photographing any major event in my life. So proud that you are living out your dreams with such success!!March 30, 2011 – 6:24 pm

Heather Essian - SO BEAUTIFUL ARDEN! Way to go friends so proud of you both, wish I could have been there :).March 30, 2011 – 6:20 pm

Shawna - Thank you so much friend! I am really happy to have this moment in pictures! P.S. for the novice homebirth viewers: the midwives made a healing herbal bath for us afterwards…we’re not happily bathing in gross stuff..even though it looks like it!March 30, 2011 – 5:23 pm

Rachel Oswalt - How amazing!!! I cannot believe how alert she (baby) is in these pictures. Her eyes are so magical!March 30, 2011 – 4:14 pm

Shanna Leigh - I’m not even pregnant and it looks like I’ve already found my birth photographer! Gorgeous work and what a beautiful new family!March 30, 2011 – 3:37 pm

Merissa - This is breath taking. You did a fantastic job Arden. Thank you so much for sharing this. HOW BEAUTIFUL!March 30, 2011 – 3:04 pm

Erin Askenasy - Beautiful.March 30, 2011 – 2:39 pm

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