What’s the meaning in a name? In Torey and Cory’s case, it means everything.

In April of 2018, my worst nightmare happened to these two. A fire burned down the apartment building that they lived in.

Everything. gone. 

I met Torey at school. We were both enrolled in a 2-year diploma program for digital photography at Georgian College. I was almost done my very last exam, she was almost done her first year. News quickly spread that one of ours had been affected by the fire.

My business class had just finished our final presentations. We had to create a business that would generate some income for the college, a charity and the members of each group. Once we heard of the fire and how it affected someone in our program, our class decided to donate all of the possible funds earned to help out Torey and her family.

Shortly after this devastation, Torey and Cory found out they were pregnant. I can imagine it was just the news they needed to help in the healing process of all the loss they had just experienced.

Fast forward a few months.

In her 39th week, I knew from Torey’s first pregnancy that her delivery only lasted 6 hours and that her babe came during Week 39. With a scheduled induction on February 1st (the due date of her babe), I was pretty sure that I would be heading down to the hospital on – or after – that date.

I received a text from Torey on January 29th at 9:46pm stating that her water had broken. I couldn’t even tell you about how excited I was!

I couldn’t sleep much because I checked my phone constantly throughout the night for updates.

I. heard. nothing.

When I was up at 4:30am to feed my babe, I checked in with Torey. Her text back was that she could barely breathe through the contractions anymore. And at 6:00am on. the. dot. I received a text from Cory stating that she was in active labour.

At 6:19am I pulled out of my driveway in darkness and started driving down to Barrie from Muskoka.

I heard a text while I was driving at 7:12am. When I checked later, it was from Cory saying that Torey was already 7 cm dilated! I was almost pulling into Barrie’s Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) parking lot. The sun was just starting to illuminate the landscape in it’s golden light.

View from RVH hospital, view from Labour and delivery room
A gorgeous day for a baby to come into the world from Barrie’s Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH).

I found their labour and delivery room, dropped my bags in a corner and started photographing. Standing around the hospital bed were nurses and Barrie Midwives who were delivering the baby. I didn’t even have a minute to collect myself. I got my camera out and started documenting Torey and Cory’s birth story.

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A moment in between intense contractions, Cory recoups before helping Torey push their baby out.
husband helping mother in labour, birth at Barrie hospital
Cory whispers strength into Torey’s ear while she pushes during each contraction. And the health care team (Barrie Midwives) gives Torey amazing support during her labour and delivery.
Resting between contractions, mother in labour, birth at Barrie Hospital
Only short moments of rest between contractions.
Clock in hospital room, clock in labour and delivery room
Six minutes later, a baby was born.

Nearing the hour babe’s head began to crown. And at 8:02am Torey pushed out a sweet little baby boy!

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The moment this sweet baby entered the world, Earth side.
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Welcome to the world sweet baby!

Mom meets baby for the first time, hospital birth, Barrie hospital birth, RVH hospital birth

Dad meets baby for first time, hospital birth, Barrie Hospital birth, RVH Hospital birth
Emotions of meeting the little person that you created for the first time.
Mother and baby skin on skin, skin-on-skin, mom meets baby for the first time.
Mom and babe rockin’ the skin-on-skin.

mom and dad kiss with new baby

Witnessing a baby being born will never get old. I’m so thankful that these two let me into their special birth space to capture their story.

So what’s in a name? Torey and Cory decided to name their baby boy Phoenix. The reason is because of the name of the mythic bird that rose from the ashes.


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5 thoughts on “Couple Welcomes Baby After Devastating Fire

  1. Amazing story and soooo happy for Torey and Cory and lil Phoenix! What a way to hit the ground running for everyone, involved!

    1. It was an experience to remember! I’m so thankful that I made it in time because that baby came in less than an hour of me being there!

  2. Omg !!! I’m am the proud Grandma of this lil miracle.. Mom to Cory and beautiful partner Torey
    I’m am sitting here tears rolling down my face looking at these incredible pictures and reading your “story of Cor and Torey” thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this and sharing. Most precious memories !!!! Thank YOU !
    Priceless xo

  3. Christine,

    Your comment means SO much to me! Thank you for taking the time to write those beautiful words.

    I’m so passionate about Birth Photography because I see how important it is, not only for the parents, but I now fully understand it’s value for someone like you who has a new grand baby. Congratulations!

    I hope you don’t mind if I share your comment on my social media sites. I hope it will help others to understand the value of Birth Photography too.

    1. 💖 awwww thank you !!! Please share away !!
      Honestly after seeing/ reading this beautiful story…I felt like I lived the experience with them. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart

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