Snap­per El­lie helps to de­liver baby boy... quick as a flash

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

APHOTOGRAPHER called upon to doc­u­ment the birth of a cou­ple’s first baby got more than she bar­gained for when she ended up de­liv­er­ing the new ar­rival.

El­lie Cot­ton, from Gleave Av­enue in Bolling­ton, was com­mis­sioned to pho­to­graph the birth of Cat Mar­shall and Will Stephen­son’s baby boy at their home in Poyn­ton.

But when baby Mar­shall de­cided to make an ap­pear­ance be­fore the mid­wife could ar­rive, mum-of-two El­lie – who had never pho­tographed a birth be­fore – rolled up her sleeves and helped de­liver him, and even man­aged to grab her cam­era to cap­ture the pre­cious first few mo­ments.

El­lie, 40, who is mum to Eva, six, and Kit, two, said: “I had an in­stinct about 15 min­utes be­fore it all hap­pened that the baby was nearly there. I didn’t say any­thing be­cause I didn’t want to panic the mum, so I just kept look­ing out the win­dow for the mid­wife. Then mum just said ‘I think it’s com­ing’. It only took two pushes and the baby was out.”

She added: “I didn’t have time to think about it. We could see the baby was com­ing out so dad and I were catch­ing the baby and try­ing to un­wrap the cord from around his legs. As soon as we were happy ev­ery­thing was ok and the baby was breath- ing and cry­ing I rinsed off my hands and got the cam­era out. It was lovely.”

Baby Mar­shall Fin Stephen­son ar­rived at 8.48pm on Satur­day, May 21, weigh­ing a healthy 8lb 12.

He was de­liv­ered in a home birthing pool us­ing the Hyp­no­birth tech­niques which El­lie also used for the birth of her son, Kit, and cred­its as the rea­son for the quick and un­com­pli­cated home birth.

New mum Cat said: “We knew when we met El­lie that she’d be a fan­tas­tic choice, lit­tle did we know how fan­tas­tic. She knew ex­actly what to say to give us some bril­liant sup­port, and as the baby ar­rived stepped straight in to do ex­actly what was needed. When I say we couldn’t have done it with­out her, we gen­uinely mean it!”

For more in­for­ma­tion about El­lie’s pho­tog­ra­phy, in­clud­ing birth pho­tog­ra­phy in which the pho­tog­ra­pher doc­u­ments the day of the birth, go to www. dan­de­lion.pho­tos.

●● Pho­tog­ra­pher El­lie Cot­ton hold­ing new­born Mar­shall with his par­ents Will and Cat

●● El­lie’s pic­ture of the fam­ily af­ter the birth

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