Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Santiago - A Birth Story

Wow. I photographed my first birth this past Monday/Tuesday. Although I've never done this before, it's something I've wanted to do for awhile and I was lucky enough that our good friends Will and Delilah were the ones to ask me.

I've known from the beginning that this was a big responsibility and I was honored and humbled to be asked to share in such a private, intimate occasion. Even though I knew witnessing the miracle of childbirth firsthand (and not from the point of view of the mother) would be an incredible experience in my head, I was still a little overwhelmed by all the emotions of the day. Delilah labored for 26 hours, mostly without an epidural, before their son Santiago was born. It was such a mix of determination and hope and struggle and sometimes doubt and uncertainty and a little fear and ultimately joy that I don't feel I can adequately narrate the story with words so I will just let my photos do the talking.











5 comments:

kristinbednarz said...

That is ONE beautiful baby! Well done, Emily! Call me when you start labor and I'll head your way. Deal? Miss you guys!

emily alexander said...

Thanks Kristin! That sounds good to me - I'll let you know when this baby is on the way...

Diana said...

That is beautiful!

Gina said...

Incredibly beautiful - found you through CMR. Thank you to both you AND the couple for sharing such a brilliant miracle. My heart is overjoyed!

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