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