Birth photographer Kristen Waner has extensive experience attending and capturing women’s births, but just weeks ago, she was invited to one that was particularly special.
For the second time, she photographed the home birth of Brooke Ellington – a doula who is now a mum-of-three. As she watched Brooke move through the stages of labour and eventually give birth, Kristen noticed there was one family member who never, ever left her side.
Brooke’s corgi, Ranger.
From the moment Kristen arrived, she said Ranger was "excited," and knew something was happening.
"He was very curious as to what was going on," she wrote in a story for Bored Panda. "He laid under the bed watching her rock back and forth. He was a calming presence when the power and intensity of her contractions started. Every once in a while he would jump on the bed to give her a reassuring kiss to let her know she could do this."