“Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.”
How does one begin to describe an experience this beautiful? I never blogged about this perfect birth experience I had the opportunity to photograph because I felt that I didn’t have the perfect words to express the beauty of it. Perhaps there are no perfect words, though. Miracles and some of the most raw experiences in life are indescribable, are they not? How could you ever truly describe the beauty of holding your child for the first time, the smell of their skin or the utter smallness of their toes? Now, try to describe someone else’s experience. Not possible, right?
I thought it fitting to post this slideshow during this Mother’s Day weekend. This powerful mother amazed me with her quiet strength and brought tears to my eyes as her husband caught their baby in the water. She labored at home in a birthing tub, surrounded by family and her supportive team (Stephanie Soderblom and Noelia Waldo of Nurturing Hearts Birth Services). Her three daughters flowed softly in and out of the room, each experiencing the impending arrival of their brother in different ways. There was laughter, tranquility, warmth and love. This sweet baby boy was welcomed into his family and immediately was home, in more ways than one.
Turn up the volume, sit back and experience what my eyes and heart saw and felt as I photographed the birth of sweet baby Dane. You can view the slideshow below or full screen here. All my love, W family. You are nothing short of amazing, Mama.
Happy Mother’s Day to you and to all the mamas out there.