I had never seen such bravery and strength until this day.
I’ve known the Spence family for a few years now and they are one of THE most amazing families on the planet. Kind, giving, loving and all-around amazing people. And not-to-mention, downright gorgeous! 😉 They started out as clients and have since become friends. I love when that happens!
I was over-the-moon excited when they asked me to photograph the birth of their new arrival! After having my daughter, I had a new found passion for birth photography. My perspective was different. I knew the importance of capturing this special, miraculous time in a family’s life and had a sense of what shots would be most important to a mother. The raw, real shots. Those that tell the story of how amazing the birth of a child is. I’m so grateful they trusted me with this because not all are comfortable with someone being in the room during their delivery.
Now to the birth…..
All natural. Yes, all natural! TRUE strength in my opinion! It’s amazing what the human body can do and to see it first hand always amazes me. It was 3am. I got the text, “Headed to the hospital. We will let you know how far along she is when we get there.” 30 minutes later I get another, “She’s a 10, hurry!” I honestly don’t even remember the drive to the hospital because I was so worried I would miss the birth! Luckily, I got there just in time! She was in the tub and determined to have this baby. She wanted a water birth and she told me that from the beginning. She’s wanted it ever since her first baby, but circumstances didn’t allow it with the first one.
An hour passed and she decided that she needed an epidural. I don’t blame her. I don’t know how anyone goes through childbirth without it. Those that do this all natural, I TRULY admire because I couldn’t do it. Just as the anesthesiologist was preparing the epidural though, the baby had other plans…it was time to enter the world! There was no time for an epidural at this point. She ended up having baby Roman all natural, just as she wanted in the end. I couldn’t have been more proud of this woman. She’s strong, brave and amazing.
Welcome to the world Roman Asher! Born April 30th, 2015 @ 4:50am.
**Almost 5 weeks after photographing this birth, the mother, my friend, was in a terrible car accident. Her boys were in the car with her, but gratefully, not injured. Stacy wasn’t so lucky though. She sustained critical head injuries and has been in the hospital ever since. Her recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. Just as she showed in these photos above, Stacy is a strong, brave, amazing woman who has the determination to anything she puts her mind to. Her husband has been by her side, every step of the way, just as he was during the birth of Roman. Please take a look at their story on their GoFundMe page and consider donating. Anything helps. And please pray for a continuous healing for my friend. She’s one-of-a-kind and no one deserves something like this to happen to them.