One beautiful, windy, sunny day in October, I received the text that Lauren was in labor. I was so excited to shoot this birth. Upon meeting Lauren a few weeks before her due date, I knew we had a lot in common. I walked into the hospital room, she was dilated to about 6, maybe 7, things were progressing well, not too quickly, not too slow. We even contemplated a trip to Walgreens for nail polish so we could beautify her toes before delivering her sweet little boy.
Not too long later, the nurse said she was fully dilated. No nail painting for us!
Lauren began to push.
She never skipped a chance to push, even as her energy level was decreasing. After two hours of constant pushing, I could see the weariness in her eyes but inside of her, the goal to deliver this baby burned as brightly as ever.
So she continued to push.
When finally her doctor came in and said that after all that pushing, over three hours of it, the baby hadn’t really moved at all and that it was her recommendation that the baby be delivered via c-section. Everyone was in agreement. This needed to happen.
Before we could blink, Lauren was whisked away while her husband, Bryant, bravely and calmly waited to be called back.
until finally, those doors opened and out came a proud papa, walking alongside his precious son.
Lauren’s determination was like something I had never seen before – it was beautiful, refreshing but also difficult to watch her go through so much. It was amazing how gracefully she handled it all.
I hope you enjoy these images, they truly show this amazing story of endurance and love.