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Las Vegas Twin Birth Photographer | Lilly and Logan's Twin Birth

Deciding to have a child is such a happy moment for many soon-to-be parents.  However, sometimes these decisions are followed with long journeys of infertility, repeated miscarriages, unexpected surprises, and unplanned delivery outcomes.  Emily has been so gracious to let me share her story with you and I can only hope that the images do it justice.

This is a real twin birth story, with real complications, and real pictures of how the delivery unfolded.  I truly find birth remarkable, regardless of how babies are delivered into this world and I hope that every mother will choose to document this journey for them and for their children.  I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to document Lilly and Logan's birth, and for all the other amazing mothers that have chosen me to be by their side during such a vulnerable time. 


Go grab a box of tissues, you're gonna need it!
 

 

Lilly and Logan's Twin Birth Story

 
Words cannot begin to describe Emily’s excitement upon hearing the news that she was pregnant.  After 10 years of infertility and adopting 2 sons, Emily was finally going to carry a baby of her own.  A few weeks later, joy overcame her family once again when she learned she was having twins, yep, not just one baby but twins!!!
 
Although Emily knew there was a chance of her miscarrying the babies, she couldn't retain her excitement and told every stranger she met about her twins.  Fast forward to 20 weeks pregnant and Emily and Rocky learned the gender of their twin babies, a boy and a girl!!! To celebrate, Emily brought gender suckers to all her college classes so all her peers could share in her excitement as she announced the genders; Logan and Lilly were on their way.
 
A seemingly perfect twin pregnancy lead to an induction on July 13th, 2011.  Emily was 38 weeks and very ready to meet her babies.

When Emily was 6cm I headed over to the hospital to prepare for what would be a very long night for Emily and her babies.

Upon arriving to the hospital to photograph the twins birth, everything was going perfectly.  Emily had already received her epidural and was resting comfortably with her husband and mother nearby.

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This is Emily's beautiful mom, Diana, who unexpectedly passed away when the twins were 2.
*I've just recently added this into the post because I think it's important to remember her presence*

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After over 24 hours of labor with the twins, Emily was stuck at 8 cm dilated and was faced with the decision to have a c-section or wait it out a few more hours, risking an infection.  Her and her husband took prayed and felt that a c-section was the best thing for her and the twins.

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Within minutes of this decision, Lilly was showing signs of distress and her heart rate monitor read 50bpm.  It was at this point that they rushed Emily and the twins into the operating room to perform an emergency c-section.  I quickly pulled a nurse to the side and asked permission to stand outside the operating room to photograph the birth through a glass window.

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As Emily’s mother and I stood by, waiting for the arrival of these precious babies.  Seconds turned to minutes as they struggled to get Lilly out. 

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Because Lilly was baby A (the baby that is closest to the pelvic bone) they had to push Logan out of the way to get Lilly.
 
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In the image below you can see little Logan's fingers peeping through the c-section incision.
(It is hard to see in B&W so I have provided the colored version of the image)
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After 6 minutes, a limp little girl, gray and lifeless, entered this world followed quickly by her brother. 

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A sense of relief came over all of us as we heard Logan let out his first cry, but panic continued as we watched the medical staff struggle to revive Lilly.

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 Lilly receiving CPR

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 After 17 long minutes, they were finally able to get her heart beating again and eventually it was beating by itself.  Throughout the morning you couldn't walk by a doctor or nurse who wasn't distraught and crying.

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Lilly was alive but her outcome was unknown.  She would have to be life-flighted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah where she would undergo various treatments and observations. 

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After Emily woke up from the anesthesia, her husband, and the doctors slowly broke the news of Lilly's condition.  Before taking Lilly, they brought her into the room and allowed Emily to meet her daughter and say goodbye.  Tears streamed down the faces of family, friends, and doctors, as we listened to Lilly's dad prayed over her.
 
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 At the time I was so lost on what to do.  I felt that staying for such a private event was an intrusion, but I knew that coming out of the anesthesia, Emily wouldn't remember much without my birth story pictures… so I decided to hold back the tears and continue documenting this birth story.
 
After Lilly was life flighted, Emily's husband, Rocky, was able to go see Logan and touch him for the first time.

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 Logan got his first bath with his daddy by his side.

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After Logan was done Rocky wheeled him back to Emily's room where she would have the opportunity to hold one of her twins for the very first time.
 
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Lilly did have some complications from the lack of oxygen (which you can read about if you follow her story on the Prayers for Lilly page).  But despite the obstacles her family has been met with, she is a bright, beautiful, and all around remarkable little girl. As of this update her and Logan are now 5-years-old (Happy Birthday)!
 
Here is an updated picture of Lilly with Emily
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And here is Logan and Emily
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Farner Photography is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada and serves maternity, birth and newborn clients across the in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Summerlin.
If you're interested in booking your Birth Story or to purchase a gift certificate for an expecting friend, please contact us
 
 
 
 
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  • Tara
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    Seriously LOVE these pictures. I had to come back again and look at them. What a great/hard story you were able to capture. I bet they are sure thankful they had you there!

  • RDefined
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    Thanks, Tara! I was truly the one that was blessed to be part of such an intimate and emotional event for Emily and Rocky.

  • For the Utah Bride
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    Thank you for sharing this story Rachel! I hope you can help photographers with the research you are doing now 😀 Terra

  • Tracy
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    Thank you for sharing. I love this! Been following Lilly for a while now. Love her and her family <3

  • Natalie Painter
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    Beautiful :') I just found Lilly's page and through it your amazing pictures! I too am from Utah, Provo actually, so this story hits even closer to home.

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