“go team kliewer!”
that is what jason (my hubby) and i say out loud to ourselves when there is a big task ahead of us. it is sort of the way we pump ourselves up to face something a bit overwhelming! take this past week for instance… when faced with a messy house, lack of sleep, over-tired & over-sugared kids, and 5 hours to pack for a 2 week long family trip to the mid-west for the holidays, all i felt like doing was flopping. you know… lay on the ground, close my eyes, mumble something only when absolutely necessary, and do everything i can to pretend nothing exists but me and the floor! but thankfully, i was not alone in that moment! my hubby with his words, example, and energy pulled me up off the floor. he prayed for me! we got a plan that made the task seem somewhat possible, and we moved into action, shouting, “go team kliewer!” i couldn’t have done it without my other team member, and thankfully i didn’t have to!
when i photographed cheryl and kevin sheik’s first birthing several weeks ago, i was reminded of how beautiful it is to witness an effective and loving team in action! these 2 blew me away!!! kevin remained so engaged with cheryl, in spite of all the unknowns of birth! he was so present and so available and so willing to serve her in whatever ways she needed! he gave her the space and freedom to birth their baby the way she needed. and cheryl was so accepting of his help and love and touch! she was so strong and determined as she labored! together kevin and cheryl both peacefully and beautifully brought mason into the world!
cheryl and kevin, you two work together so well! i LOVED being a part of the work, anticipation, joy, and celebration of mason’s birth!!!
go team sheik!!! i am a big fan!
ps- of course, they were supported by the wonderful beach cities midwifery team: all beautiful women who create such a comfortable birth environment!
vickie alston: midwife
mette dempster: doula
brigitte damgaard: birth assistant
pps- and thank you so much, cheryl and kevin, for allowing me to share these images!