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Portland Lifestyle Photographer | Masha Georgiev | Details

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I've been meaning to post a blog about this topic for a while, and since today is a pretty chill day, I figure I could tackle this topic here.

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So many of you ask me questions like,

"Should I have my make up done?"

"Should I have my hair done?"

"Should we do a posed session or a lifestyle session?" 

"Should I get false lashes?"

The simple answer is I don't know. The reason why, is that so many of you are so different. What may work for one family, does not work for another. In fact, in the beginning I used to always suggest that Mom's have false lashes for the dramatic effect. Later I realized that although I love the dramatic volume look, some moms just don't. Some want a more natural look.

Some families want a totally 100% posed photo session. They want me to take control, guide them, pose, them, turn them, and direct them every step of the way. Others, (like myself) want a more natural, organic feel photo session, and anything that even resembles posing is out of the question. 

So what's a photog to do? The best solution is often the simplest. 

Before booking any session, I schedule a convenient time, when you are most relaxed (weather that's in a coffee shop, or a play ground, or in the comfort of your own home) so we can meet each other face to face. This is the time for you to get to know me, and I get to find out all the little DETAILS  that you have been dreaming of! This is when I LET YOU TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT YOU EXPECT. I like to take detailed notes when we meet, to make sure I don't forget anything at the time of your session. (This is my favorite part!->) This is also the time for us to brainstorm about what kind of session you want? How your hair, makeup, lashes, and wardrobe will be. We can play around with any ideas you may have! If you don't have a hair or makeup person, I can recommend some for you! I have many contacts and resources at my disposal!

THE POINT IS - IT'S WHATEVER YOU WANT!

I love my work! I love meeting new people! And I love coming up with new creative ideas for you to have as UNIQUE of a session AS YOU ARE!

So let's get together, and plan your personalized session that is unique to you and your family!

-Masha Georgiev, Portland Birth & Lifestyle Photographer

 

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Portland Oregon Birth Photographer | Why Midwives Matter?

Why Do Midwives Matter?

From my early childhood, the thought of a Midwife was a bit foreign to me. Growing up in the US I believed that babies are born in hospitals, with moms huffing and puffing in their hospital beds, until the doctor says "PUSH", and then magically this little tiny human was born. While this may have been the experience for many expectant parents in the late 80's, today's parents have a variety of options to choose from aimed to have the best possible birth experience.

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"But why does all that even matter?" you may ask. The short answer is trust me, IT MATTERS!

My own birth experience was unpleasant and not at all what I expected. I was uneducated, unaware, and had no clue what to expect. I delivered at a Los Angeles Hospital, I had an epidural, I had an episiotemy, and virtually no support. If I could describe my birth experience in one word it would be OBLIVIOUS. Anyway I can go on and on about my sad birth story, but thats not the point of this blog. All I can say is, I wish I did have a midwife to support me not only in my birth, but in the stages of my life before and afrter pregnancy. I wish that our government could see how important their role is.

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After photographing many births with and without midwives, I'm here to say that MIDWIVES DO MATTER!

What's the big deal you ask? Read on...

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I found some interesting facts that help show why Midwives matter?

Huffington Post:

Evidence shows that midwives save lives.

Midwifery, when provided by educated, trained, regulated and licensed midwives that are integrated into the health system, increases quality of care and leads to a sustained improvement of maternal and newborn health outcomes. 

Yet, there are major gaps in maternal and newborn health outcomes across the world. Annually, approximately 287,000 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Further, 2.7 million babies die every year in their first month of life and a similar number are stillborn. An estimated 56 percent of these deaths could be prevented through strong partnerships with midwives. 

If we ensured women had access to professional midwives everywhere in the world, we could save more than 8,000 lives every single day. I don’t think I have ever heard of a better return of investment. 

The problem is, we don’t have enough midwives today, and far too many midwives lack proper support, compensation and respect to conduct their jobs. To make things worse, many midwives also face discrimination and harassment in the workplace, many times due to skewed gender norms because they are women. Many midwives also face economic barriers to conducting their lifesaving work, with many midwives reporting low salaries that sometimes are not enough to live on. 

In today’s global context, we are seeing too many strikes against women’s and babies’ lives, through the lack of political commitment towards maternal and newborn health, leading to inadequate resourcing of midwifery services. 

With the Sustainable Development Goals that have been set to be met by 2030 - the member states of the United Nations have agreed to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births and end preventable deaths of newborns. They have also agreed to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

Now, these are bold statements that require action. To achieve those goals we need more midwives. We also need to ensure that all women are respected and free. We need to listen to their voices and acknowledge them.

There should be no question about it ― having access to a midwife should be the norm. And we should all care to make it so. 

May 5th is the International Day of the Midwife, with this year’s theme being Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life. Learn more through the International Confederation of Midwives and their partners and support them in their work to strengthen the midwifery workforce and improve the health and rights of women and children worldwide. 

 

*The above images are of the lovely Melissa Gordon Magnus CPM, LDM - Rose City Midwifery doing what she does best!

 

 

Portland Birth & Newborn Photographer | Baby Milana 1 Month New

Sometimes it's simply not possible for Moms to get into the studio right away. And because of this, sometimes my newborns are, well,,,,, not newborns anymore. But that does not stop me from taking amazing photos! I loved photographing little Milana. Her big blue eyes were fixed on my and my camera the whole time! I bet when she grows up, she will love her photos just as much as her Mom and Dad did!

To book your Newborn, Birth, or Family session with Masha Georgiev Photography please call 503.875.0461

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Providence Portland Birth Photographer | Preparing for a Hospital Birth: What All Moms Need to Know

Los Angeles Newborn Photographer Does your idea of delivery comfort have less to do with the bed you’ll give birth in, and more to do with the medical backup you'll have on hand? If so, a hospital is probably the most comfortable choice for you — putting you in good company.

Giving birth in a hospital is by far the most popular choice of expectant couples in the United States. It’s the choice for women who have what’s considered a “high-risk” pregnancy (e.g., if you’re 35 and over, are pregnant with multiples or have conditions like gestational diabetes). It also offers the most options in terms of who can make your delivery: While most birthing center and home births are attended by midwives (certified or direct entry), your hospital birth can be overseen by an OB-GYN, a family physician or a certified nurse-midwife (96 percent of CNM deliveries are, in fact, in regular hospitals). Doulas are welcome, too.

Just as there are pros and cons for every choice you'll make when it comes to your childbirth experience, there are pluses and minuses when it comes to having your baby in a hospital.

ADVANTAGES OF A HOSPITAL BIRTH

Some of the plus-sides of a hospital birth include:

  • It’s the safest option. If you're at high risk, it's the safest childbirth environment for you and your baby. Ditto if an unforeseen complication arises during labor (such as a prolapsed cord or placenta abruption, for example).
  • It’s close to an operating room. If you need a cesarean section (either planned or emergency), it's the only place you can have one. And you won't have to be transferred mid-labor if it looks like you'll need one — you'll just have to move from your birthing room to the operating room.
  • It offers the most advanced technology. On-staff pediatricians and, in many hospitals, sophisticated newborn medical technology are available should your baby need immediate medical care.
  • You have easy access to pain relief. Anesthesiologists on staff are almost always available to provide pain relief medications as you request, from epidurals to narcotics.

DOWNSIDES OF A HOSPITAL BIRTH

Some of the disadvantages of a hospital birth are:

  • Hospitals, especially larger ones, can seem impersonal and intimidating. Taking a tour ahead of time can help you feel more familiar — and more comfortable — at your hospital of choice. Keep in mind, though, that more hospitals, even those big ones, are doing more and more to have a "family-friendly" feel in the labor and delivery wing.
  • Even private rooms aren't that private. There's a lot of coming and going in hospital rooms — it may often seem like there's a round-the-clock revolving door of residents, nurses and other hospital staff members hovering around your bedside. You can expect to get less rest, too, at a hospital for the same reason ("time to check your blood pressure again").
  • Separations are often routine. Even if you've chosen to "room-in" with your baby, there will be times when hospital routines will separate you, including for newborn screenings.
  • Hospital policies rule. Though hospitals are more open to birthing alternatives than ever before (if only to keep up with the demands of expectant parents who've come to expect more), they're bound by protocols and procedures — which means you will be, too. Still, chances are good that with the help of your practitioner you'll be able to create a birth plan that gives you the birth experience you want, even in a hospital setting.

Without a doubt, hospitals have come a long way since the days when deliveries took place in cold, uncomfortable, sterile delivery rooms. Today, the equipment's still sterile (and that's a good thing), but the surroundings are typically far from it. If your hospital has an official policy of family-centered maternity care (many do), you can expect birthing rooms that are comfortable and homey, designed in warm, soothing colors, with all the medical necessities at hand (but hidden behind armoires), dim lights, private bathrooms (including showers and/or baths that can be used for hydrotherapy relief during labor), and ample space — including sofa beds — for family members and your birth coaches (your spouse, a doula etc.).

FINDING THE RIGHT HOSPITAL FOR YOU

It’s never too early to start researching hospitals — especially at some of the more popular facilities, which may have a limited number of spaces in their labor and delivery suites. Check online and ask friends for recommendations. A few things to consider:

  • Is the hospital in your insurance network? Although the Affordable Care Act now requires all insurance plans to cover maternity care, the deductibles, coinsurance, copayments or similar charges for each service can vary, up to an out-of-pocket maximum for in-network providers. If you’re out of network, however, the charges can skyrocket.
  • What amenities does the facility offer? Consider the type of birth you’re hoping to achieve. If you’re hoping for a more natural birth, for example, does the facility offer or allow birthing tubs? If price is less of a factor than convenience, you may also want to consider if the facility offers labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms, where instead of moving between several rooms from labor through recovery you’ll stay put.
  • What’s the C-section rate? Rates of C-sections can vary widely from hospital to hospital, from 7 percent to nearly 70 percent, so it’s a good idea to look into your hospital’s rates online (here is a good source to get started). If your hospital of choice has particularly high rates, you can ask why when you visit the hospital.
  • Does the facility support breastfeeding? If you’re planning to breastfeed, you may want to check if your hospital is a certified “Baby-Friendly Hospital” (see the full list here). The Baby-Friendly certification means the hospital follows World Health Organization and UNICEF guidelines to support mothers in successful breastfeeding, including allowing mothers and infants to room together 24 hours per day. Don’t fret if your hospital isn’t on the list either: Just be sure to ask about breastfeeding assistance your hospital offers when you take your hospital tour.

Finally, take a tour of the facility you’re most interested in using, if possible at around week 30 to 34 of pregnancy. This will give you a chance to ask questions, clear up the smaller details and meet some of the staff who will be assisting you on D-Day.

THE COST OF A HOSPITAL DELIVERY

Your hospital will work with your insurance company to determine what your co-pay will be. While the Affordable Care Act guarantees some low- or no-cost prenatal and infant care, insurance companies vary on the amount charged for your hospital care and stay during labor, delivery and recovery. How much you pay out-of-pocket depends on factors including treatments needed for you and your baby, the facility at which you deliver, your health insurance and more.

Source Material: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/hospital-birth/

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Portland Oregon Home Birth Photographer | Preparing for a Home Birth

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As a Portland Oregon & Los Angeles Home Birth Photographer I often get asked "Do you think I should have a Hospital or a Home Birth?"

While this is a very personal decision, that should be made between you and your partner, I wanted to jot down how the two differ, and some of the pro's and con's for both. So here we go!

In this post I will start with a Home Birth.

What happens during a planned home birth?

During a planned home birth you'll give birth in your home instead of in a hospital or birth center. You'll need to be assisted during labor and delivery by a knowledgeable midwife or, in some cases, a doctor to help ensure the health of you and your baby.

During your prenatal care your health care provider will review a list of conditions during pregnancy and labor that would require treatment by a doctor and compromise the safety of a planned home birth. Your health care provider will also review the challenges that can occur during childbirth, how he or she — in comparison with a hospital — would handle them, and the possible health risks for you and your baby.

During labor, your health care provider will periodically — rather than continuously — monitor your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and your baby's heart rate. After delivery, you'll be close to your baby. Your health care provider will examine your newborn and determine whether he or she needs to be transferred to a hospital. In addition, your health care provider will give you information on how to care for your newborn. Follow-up care might include home visits and lactation support.

Why do women choose planned home births?

You might choose a planned home birth for many reasons, including:

  • A desire to give birth in a familiar, relaxing environment surrounded by people of your choice
  • A desire to wear your own clothes, take a shower or bath, eat, drink and move around freely during labor
  • A desire to control your labor position or other aspects of the birthing process
  • A desire to give birth without medical intervention, such as pain medication
  • Cultural or religious norms or concerns
  • A history of fast labor
  • Lower cost

Are there situations when a planned home birth isn't recommended?

A planned home birth isn't right for everyone. Your health care provider might caution against a planned home birth if you:

  • Have diabetes, chronic hypertension, a seizure disorder or any chronic medical condition
  • Previously had a C-section
  • Develop a pregnancy complication, such as preeclampsia
  • Are pregnant with multiples or your baby doesn't settle into a position that allows for a headfirst delivery
  • Are less than 37 weeks or more than 41 weeks pregnant

What might cause the need for a hospital transfer?

During a planned home birth, you might need to be transported to a hospital for monitoring or treatment. Your health care provider might recommend transfer to a hospital if:

  • Labor isn't progressing
  • Traces of fecal waste (meconium) appear in your amniotic fluid
  • The placenta peels away from the inner wall of your uterus before delivery (placental abruption)
  • The umbilical cord drops into your vagina ahead of the baby (umbilical cord prolapse)
  • You have vaginal bleeding not associated with bloody show
  • You don't deliver the placenta or it's not delivered intact
  • Your baby shows signs of distress, such as an abnormal heart rate

Your newborn might also need to be transferred to a hospital if he or she has breathing problems or signs of a medical condition.

What are the possible risks of a planned home birth?

While most pregnant women who choose to have planned home births are at lower risk of complications due to careful screening, planned home births are associated with double to triple the risk of infant death than are planned hospital births. Still, even with that increase, the overall risk of infant death is low.

How do I prepare for a home birth?

You can prepare for a planned home birth by:

  • Choosing trained health care providers to assist. It's important to choose a certified nurse-midwife, a certified midwife or a doctor who has a formal relationship with a health care system overseen by your state health department or The Joint Commission. Make sure he or she has easy access to consultation with doctors or specialists at a collaborating hospital. If you're interested in additional physical and emotional support, consider hiring a doula — a professional labor assistant. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends having present at least one trained person whose primary responsibility is caring for your newborn.
  • Creating a birth plan. Where do you plan to experience labor and delivery? Will you use any specific methods to cope with pain? Do you want a water birth? Will you breast-feed your baby immediately after delivery? What other support people will be present? Discuss the details of your birthing plan with your health care provider. Ask your health care provider what kind of supplies you'll need to provide, such as towels, sheets or other protective coverings for your floor or mattress.
  • Preparing for a hospital transfer. Discuss with your health care provider the signs and symptoms that might necessitate going to a hospital and how a hospital transfer will affect your birthing plan. Ideally, your home or other planned birth location is within 15 minutes of a hospital with 24-hour maternity care. Make sure you have access to transportation. Ask your health care provider to make arrangements with a nearby hospital to ensure that you can be promptly transferred and treated, if necessary.
  • Choosing a pediatrician. Plan a medical exam for your baby within a few days of birth.
  • Arranging for postpartum help. After delivery, you might need help caring for yourself and your new baby. Arrange for family or friends to help. A doula can also provide postpartum support.

What else do I need to know about a planned home birth?

With careful planning, a home birth can be a positive and rewarding experience. Keep in mind, however, that life-threatening problems can occur during labor and delivery without warning. In those cases, the need to transfer you and your baby to a hospital could delay care, which could put your lives at risk. Understanding the risks and benefits of a home birth can help you make an informed decision about how you plan to give birth.

STAY TUNED FOR MY NEXT POST: PREPARING FOR A NATURAL HOSPITAL BIRTH

HAPPY SNAPPIN!

-Masha

Source material: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/labor-and-delivery/in-depth/home-birth/art-20046878?pg=2

Photo: Midwife from the Santa Clarita Valley Birth Center attending a home birth http://scvbirthcenter.com

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Vancouver WA Birth Photographer | Birth Crowning

Grateful

As a Vancouver WA & Portland Oregon Birth Photographer, I am feeling grateful to have one of my crowning images featured on Kidspot.com/au

 You can view "The moment before time begins 20 images of baby crowning" HERE.

My image is the 4th image in the gallery.

Thank you to the strong Mom who pushed with all her strength, and invited me to capture and share this moment.

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Portland Oregon Birth Photographer | Birth Session

*WARNING* This post contains images of Birth, and is for mature audiences ONLY. Readers may find these photos graphic. Thanks for stopping by, fellow photo lovers!

I have a special treat for you today, and it comes in the form of a cute newborn named Odessa. She came into this world on May 10th, 2016 weighing 8 pounds  4 ounces and measuring in at 21 inches long.

Her parents, invited me to take pictures of the birth at their home. What an honor to capture such a pivotal turning point and special moment in their lives. I know they will treasure these pictures forever.

Little Odessa is just as darling as can be. Capturing her little chubby cheeks, tiny feet,  and cute sweet face was so much fun. What a sweetheart!

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As a Portland Oregon Birth Photographer, I truly feel grateful & honored that her parent's asked me to be a part of this special day. Thanks again, you guys!

Check out the cutie for yourself, below. (Click any image to see full size)

 

Until we meet again!

-Masha Georgiev, Los Angeles Birth Photographer

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Portland Birth Photographer |Birth Announcement

Dear awesome/amazing/loyal/world's best blog readers! As a Portland Birth & Newborn Photographer, I get to hang around lot's of adorable babies! Today's post is all about a certain baby with the kind of  chubby cheeks that will surely put a smile on your face. Miss Odessa was so much fun to photograph and our session turned out so perfectly!

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This particular session was a very special since Jessica, Odessas's Mom, brought along some personal items to make this birth announcement. The items added a whole other level to our photo shoot and I love how they photographed, as well.

Odessa is so adorable. She was this perfect sleeping beauty. Sometimes babies just don't want to go to sleep, and sometime they are perfect. This was one of those times. I couldn't have asked for a better session!

You'll see what I mean below!

My job seriously rocks!

-Masha

 

 

Portland Oregon & Vancouver Washington Newborn Photographer | Newborn Photography

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$100 Print Credit with any session booked in April or May!

Must book by June 1st 2016. Can be redeemed by 12/31/2016. Any session can be purchased as a gift. Please visit www.mashageorgievphotography.com/investment for details on what is included with each session.

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As a Portland Oregon Birth & Newborn Photographer, I love answering all your questions!

Have a question? Shoot me a text 818-636-2903 or email me: mashagphotog@gmail.com

-Masha Georgiev, Photographer

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Portland Birth Photographer | The Art of Birth

As a Birth Photographer in Portland Oregon, Your baby's birth is one of the most timeless and momentous occasions of your life. Whether it is your first or fifth child, no two births are ever alike. Nothing compares to the moment you meet your little one for the first time. The beautiful beginnings of a new family, new traditions, and a new life. Sadly, these memories can fade so quickly. I can barely remember what happened during the first hour after I delivered my son. Adrenaline and excitement clouds your memory. Birth photography helps capture & preserve these precious memories for you. Parents at that time are so focused on a million different things- the health of mom, the health of baby, the pain! Who wants to think about taking pictures at a time like this?! That's where I come in! Wouldn't you rather hold your partners hand during this special time, than be distracted by taking photographs?

I am there to capture your birth Story.

I am there to capture that special once in a life time moment, when you meet your little miracle for the first time. When you hear their first cry, when you finally get to hold them in your arms after months of anticipation.

I regret not hiring a birth photographer for my son's birth.

That's why hiring a birth photographer makes such great sense!  You are promised beautiful professional looking photos.....and of course a tear-jerking Birth Story Slide Show!

Here is an example!

 

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Let's create your Birth Story together!

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