Monday, July 16, 2012

31 Hours of Labor and Love, a BIRTHstory

This is their BIRTHstory from my eyes…

Mommy messaged me Friday morning informing me that she had been laboring since 2am. At 8am she was 5cm but progressing slowly so the doctor allowed her to labor at home and return to the hospital when her contractions were 5 minutes apart. I called Mommy as soon as I got the message to gauge how far along she was. From her tone, I knew she still had a long way to go. But you never know with births, so I cleared my schedule and patiently waited…

At around 3pm, Mommy messaged me that she had checked in the hospital. Contractions were more regular and she was 5-6cm dilated.

I remember this couple to be such a sweet and giggly pair and I wanted to get some of their untainted moments on camera so I decided to join them in the hospital.

Labor progressed at a very leisure rate with the contractions getting stronger each hour, but the couple remained a smiley, giggly and sweet pair. It was such a blessing to witness how gentle and loving they were towards each other despite the physical pain and emotional anticipation.

Every time a contraction would come, Daddy would immediately drop anything he was doing and run to Mommy’s side to relieve her pain and encourage her.  

Even their doctors were so smiley and jolly the whole time!

At around 6am the next day, the resident doctors informed the couple that Mommy was almost fully dilated. We were all ecstatic! After over 24 hours, Baby was finally going to meet the world! The couple did some trial pushes and were ready to have their ideal birth.

However, labor stopped progressing from there and after over 24 hours of waiting, it was time to opt for a c-sec.

I could see Mommy was disheartened. But Daddy was there to comfort and assure her all the way.

At the operating room, the Doctors skillfully took care of both Mommy and Baby! And after 31 hours of labor (and love), we met an alert, healthy and beautiful baby girl!

This BIRTHstory will be memorable for the longest labor I have attended, for the first cesarean section I photographed, but more importantly for the one where I saw genuine love and friendship between husband and wife. This day I witnessed how the inner strength of a woman and the gentle love of a man can get a family through anything.

See "After Much Anticipation, We Welcome Baby "S" Into the World" for the continuation...


  1. awwww! this is so nice. Photographing moments like these are precious. =)

    1. Glad you like it :) Yes, I agree, these moments are once in a lifetime. Its really nice to be able to relive them through pictures :)