A surrogacy birth | Chester, PA Birth Photography
"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy. I'm telling you it's going to be worth it." -Art Williams
I will never know the the details of their journey. I will never understand truly the physical and emotional roller coasters of the intended parents, the birth mother, and their families. I can only imagine the months and years of waiting and wishing and waiting some more. But what I can do - what I did do - was witness and document the hours and moments it all became worth it.
This birth mama was the epitome of centered. Totally in her zone, she labored calm and peaceful. I actually thought we'd be going through the night and into the next day, because clearly things were moving slowly if a laboring mama is that zen. Of course, I was dead wrong. This mama called for a nurse and it turned out she had dilated to eight centimeters. Unmedicated at eight centimeters and only a few grunts?! I was in awe. By the time the doctor came into the room, the baby was ready to make his entrance. Pushing lasted only a few minutes and he was here.
And, oh my, do you want to see what all-consuming joy looks like? Then scroll down, my friend. The moment these parents saw the face of their son for the first time on their gestational surrogacy journey is a powerful one. Some day I hope they will show their son these pictures, and he will know without a doubt the raw love that surrounded him when he entered the world.
My sincerest gratitude to these families for granting me the privilege of making pictures of this extradorinary time.