Kirstie Clark, of Kirstie Perez Photography in Texas, was the birth photographer. She was there in the background, snapping away, as the woman delivered a baby boy, and her husband, in tears, looked on. Afterwards, Clark spoke to the new dad.
“I told him I captured him crying seeing his son and he said, ‘That’s not why I was crying,’” she explained on Facebook.
“Puzzled, I asked what he meant. He teared up again and said, ‘This is the first time I have seen her smile in 10 months.’”
The man told Clark his wife had endured an incredibly difficult pregnancy.
“He helplessly watched his wife vomit profusely for 285-plus days. He witnessed her lose 30 pounds [more than 13kg] in pregnancy not being able to nourish herself due to hyperemesis gravidarum and preeclampsia.
“She was hospitalised four times for dehydration throughout her pregnancy. Ate more dinners on the front steps of their home than he could count because any scent literally made her ill.
“After months of simply being there for her as much as possible, he supported her during birth.”