A Star is Born - meet Elsie, star of BBC1's 'Life & Birth'

July 09, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

A Star is Born - meet Elsie, star of BBC1's 'Life & Birth' 

Ellie J Photography
Newborn & Family Photographer, Warwickshire

A few weeks ago, after a very long wait, I finally got to meet and photograph a young lady I'd been looking forward to meeting very, very much.

This gorgeous little lady had been booked in with me for a newborn session back in 2019 however, things didn't go to plan, as Elsie was born 8 weeks premature weighing just 860g and with a large hole in her heart.

From the very first communication, mum and I clicked.  My husband has had major heart surgery and my eldest daughter a stay in the Special Care Baby Unit when first born.  Elsie's mum and I were able to chat about the ups and downs of life as two people who had no option but to stand back and wait as their loved one's lives are taken over by the amazing medical teams who do such a fantastic job in putting right what Mother Nature got wrong.

If anyone has watched BBC1's excellent recent series 'Life and Birth' they will have seen Elsie in the final episode.  (It's still on BBC IPlayer if you missed it).  I watched the series and am not ashamed to admit that Elsie's episode had me in floods of tears.

Her lovely parents, Katherine and William are so amazingly brave and strong.  Seeing them kiss Elsie before she was taken off for her first surgery to fit a temporary band around her heart had me weeping like a child.  Seeing them kiss her again when they were first able to see her after the successful operation had me weeping even more!  

Her story brought back so many memories.  I remember feeling totally helpless when my husband went in for his heart surgery - seeing William and Katherine being so strong as they waited for news made me admire them even more.  I'll admit, I was a total wreck going through that time when it was my family. 

The scene where Katherine is handed Elsie for a cuddle in the Special Care Unit, her tiny body attached to a forest of wires and drips, made me remember the first day I was able to hold our daughter in SCBU. The drips and tubes make small babies look even smaller and as a mum, it breaks your heart so see your baby's tiny little arm with what in comparison looks like a gigantic cannula attached to it.

Born a little fighter, Elsie recovered well from her first operation and did so well that she was able to have her second surgery, to close the hole in her heart, before I met her the day before her first birthday.  She was one of my first jobs back after lock down and the session was absolutely wonderful, even if social distancing meant I couldn't give her the huge hug I really wanted to.

Katherine and William - you are amazing!  Elsie, you little darling, you are such a strong and wonderful little girl, it was an absolute pleasure to photograph you.  Lots of love for an amazing future! xxx 

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