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We Bow Down to This Mom Who Photographed Her Own Labor and Birth
PHOTO BY Lisa Robinson Photography
  • While most moms hire a pregnancy and birth photographer to take photos of the entire journey, this mom-of-two took on a unique challenge: capturing her own labor and delivery. We already know what you're thinking, "How could you be shooting photos in the middle of contractions?" We also couldn’t believe it, but this woman who just happened to be a photographer did it although, mind you, she had her own doubts. 

    California-based Lisa Robinson Ward was determined to capture the birth of her second child, a daughter, thinking it would help her stay calm and focused and keep her mind off the pain. "I didn’t know if I’d be able to take photos or not," Lisa tells The Huffington Post. "I had my mind set on doing it, but I wasn’t sure I’d actually be able to pull it off."

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    Her second pregnancy itself is an inspiring story: Lisa and her husband already have a 9-year-old son, and they’ve been trying to get pregnant after two miscarriages. It was only when they stopped trying that she finally got a bun in the oven. Lisa wrote on her website that she loves photography because of its "ability to tell a story through imagery"--and what a story it was: the birth of her second child, her daughter, seen through her very own eyes.

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    Lisa thought she wouldn't be able to hold the camera.
     

    What do you see when you're in labor? Medical equipment, of course.

     

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    Lisa labored for 14 hours, but she says, "Time really flew."

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    She had the support of husband who was with her every step of the way.

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    Her doctor even encouraged her to continue taking photos of her birth.

    Taking pictures while pushing--bravo! Lisa says it really helped her focus.

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    The look of love and bliss, finally seeing their daughter.

     

    Here she is.

     

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    She knows she's lucky to have an easy childbirth. 
     

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    Their first skin-to-skin contact; she was able to breastfeed her right away. 

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    Lisa's daughter is now 6 months old. When she looks back at her birth, she can certainly relive the moment. "Part of me worried that if I was taking photos, I was not going to really be there. But I was totally there. I was so present when she was coming out of me. When I look back at these photos, I can remember exactly how I felt. ," she says. Hats off to you, Lisa! 

    Do you have a uniwue birthing story? Tell us all about it! Email it to lei.smartparenting@gmail.com.

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