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Maggie's Birth Story | The Barrier At-Home Family Session | Pittsburgh, Pa

"For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a mother. I dreamed of having an unmedicated birth, that was calm, sensual, and empowering. "- Maggie

I am so excited to share the Barrier's family photos from their at-home session here in Pittsburgh. Maggie and Andrew have a quaint home tucked away from the city while still being 15 minutes away from all the hustle and bustle of city life. Laura, their first only four months old was the sweetest to photograph. The day could not have been more perfect and we captured some truly beautiful moments that will live on in these photos.

I knew from the moment that Maggie and I talked that I wanted her to share her birth story with the world. Maggie dreamed and envisioned a beautiful birth experience for many years but when that dream was taken she was left mourning the loss of that experience. In sharing her story I hope that more women can find solace in knowing they aren't alone and their pain is valid.

Read more about Maggie and her journey as a new mom coping with an unexpected c-section.

Barrier family photo at their home in Pittsburgh, PA by LeeAnn K Photography
Maggie, Laura & Andrew sitting on their swing in their front yard for their at-home family session in Pittsburgh, Pa

What's your favorite part about being a mom?

Portrait of a Mom holding her baby in the air while standing in the nursery by LeeAnn K Photography

Without a doubt, my favorite part of motherhood is getting to watch her grow and learn everyday knowing my husband and I created someone so beautiful and so perfectly her.

The days may be long, the moments fleeting, but the influence I have on this little person will last her lifetime.

Lifestyle family portrait of a mother and her baby for an in-home family session in Pittsburgh, Pa by LeeAnn Stromyer

20 years from now what do you hope you'll remember? What do you want your children to remember?

I want to remember Laura’s tiny little toes, her sweet toothless smile, her joyous little laugh, her wonder and awe in everything this world has to teach her. The pure joy Andrew and I feel looking at our perfect baby. I want to remember diving in and being present in each day.

Lifestyle family portrait with a baby and her parent by LeeAnn K Photography

Not the stress of what’s to come, the mess of my house, or what I cannot change - I want to remember experiencing life with my kids (hopefully there will be more 🤣), exploring this beautiful world, learning from others, cherishing the love of a happy family, and soaking it all in.