I am lucky for the opprotunity to document many things in my life, but the documentation of this adoption birth was something that struck me to my core. A younger me had a hard time understanding adoption, but as I got older, had more children and started documenting so many different stories, I have a deeper level of understanding, acceptance and love.
(Some names in this post will be withheld for client privacy)
A while back, I had put out a model call for a reduced session price in order to gain expierence with videography during birth sessions. I had a lot of people interested, but a special message really reached out to me and I KNEW I had to be there to document this special story. I was asked to doucment a birth, but it was special – this baby was being adopted by two loving fathers. I easily accpted the opprotunity, spoke with all parties involved and put them in my schedule.
The Labor Call
An induction date was set in place, but fate took the wheel and she ended up going into labor a few days before her induction date. Things started off quick, so after she was checked in and the epidural was placed, I drove down to the hosptial. The two fathers seemed excited and nervous. They anxiously awaited the birth of their son, while taking such good care of the woman bringing their son into this world.
They made her feel comfotable. They covered her with her favorite blanket. They sat by herside the whole time. It was really beautiful. Things slowed down a bit, and we all were able to rest and take things easy. As the morning approcahed, her doctor broke her waters to get things moving a little quicker.
And that’s all it took. Shortly after, she was complete and ready to push.
The delivery was very smooth and little baby Tucker was quickly placed on his mom’s chest. The nurses suctioned out his nose to clear it of fluid. The dads were given the opprotunity to cut the umbilical cord, and decided to do it together.
Little baby Tucker was taken to the warmer, where nurses measured him, took his weight and documented his footprints. The dads were instantly in love and it showed. They were so ready for this and you could feel the pure joy raidiating in the room. But there was also sadness. As selfless and wonderful as it is to have the courage to give your baby up for adoption, it’s also hard and very sad. There is SO much love for baby Tucker and it’s safe to say he touched the life of everyone in that room that day.
I am so gratful to have been able to be present in such a sacred, special birth. There is SO much love for little baby Tucker.