When photographer Lisa Robinson-Ward found out she pregnant last year, it was unexpected. She and her husband had been trying for years, and had suffered two miscarriages in the process. It was when the couple stopped trying for another baby, that Robinson-Ward discovered she was expecting her second child, a sibling for her 9-year-old son.
She was overcome with excitement, and had a unique plan for how to tackle her labor and childbirth.
While Robinson-Ward typically photographs weddings and portraits of babies, she wanted to photograph the process of bringing her new baby into the world.
So, she did. And the photos are a raw and emotional reminder of the incredible experience of childbirth.
Robinson-Ward told the Huffington Post, that she thought photographing her birth would calm her. “I didn’t know if I’d be able to take photos or not,” she said. “I had my mind set on doing it, but I wasn’t sure I’d actually be able to pull it off.”
As she arrived at the hospital, she began taking pictures of the environment around her. Starting with the hospital.
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She said with every contraction she started to think she wouldn't be able to hold the camera, but she persevered nonetheless. She photographed monitors, the IV, and other hospital equipment.
She captured her husband's support during crucial moments, and her view of her doctor examining her.
Robinson-Ward said throughout her birth she wasn't quite sure whether she was taking good quality photographs, or whether they were focused. But it didn't matter. Her photography served a purpose in and of itself during her 14-hour labor.
And despite the chaos of the moment, she was able to capture her daughter just moments after she was born.
Lisa and her husband named her Anora, and they were both overjoyed with her arrival.
Robinson-Ward was lucky to have an 'easy' labor and birth, and to have skin to skin contact with her daughter as soon as she was born.
While the photographer says she was concerned she wouldn't be properly 'in the moment' while capturing her birth, she says that wasn't the case at all. And now, we have a rare window into the beautiful experience of childbirth.