As Lauren’s contractions grew stronger, she moved inside to the birthing tub. Her parents were there, along with two doulas, a midwife, her children, and Joan. The love among everyone present was tangible. I will never forget the moment Lauren’s father touched her forehead, kissed her, and said, “This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my entire life. I am so proud of you.” Joan supported Lauren throughout the entire labor. Seeing her hold Lauren, wanting to take her pain away, was intensely powerful. When their baby was finally born, healthy, the amazed, radiant look on both daughters’ faces was absolutely precious.
It was such a privilege to document Joan and Lauren’s birth story; many of their moments will stay with me for a long time.
If you would like me to photograph the arrival of your little one, or know someone who wants to record their birth or adoption story, please contact me.