While Kim Guiley was Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ with her second child, she felt certain it was a baby Gɪʀʟ. So when she gave birth to a baby Bᴏʏ, she and her husBᴀɴd, Travis, were sʜᴏᴄᴋed.
Photographer Susannah Gill captured the moment the Guileys learned the sᴇx of their baby. Looking at the photos, their facial expressions can only be described as priceless.
Gill said: “It was a very important moment because so many things happened. It was around 5 a.m. after a very long night.”
Kim gave birth at home in Santa Cruz in July. Shortly before the birth, the midwife said they would have to move to the hospital because Kim’s tailbone seemed to block the baby’s path, the photographer said.
As her husBᴀɴd and the birth support team packed up to move, Kim stood up. In that moment, she felt the baby was about to be born and soon began to push. Her tailbone was broken when she gave birth to a son.
“I was in so much pain. But he also deserves all the hard work.”, Kim said.
Travis and Kim, who is a birth doula, decided not to find out the sᴇx of their baby ahead of time, so the moment of revelation was “very exciting and emotional,” the photographer recalls. “The midwife gave the baby to Kim under the blanket, and she peeked.”
Gill said the baby’s gender came as a sᴜʀᴘʀɪsᴇ to a mother, who has a 3-year-old daughter named Hazel. She said: ‘She’d really convinced herself this baby was a Gɪʀʟ because her belly was showing in such a similar way to her first pregnancy.
“I work as a doula, so I should definitely know better than random guesswork,” Kim said. “I had all these silly reasons why I thought it was a Gɪʀʟ, all these feelings.”
Kim also thought that she was confident that it was a Gɪʀʟ to avoid disappointment. She explains: “I come from a family of one Gɪʀʟ and one Bᴏʏ, and as a parent, I wanted experience raising both Bᴏʏs and Gɪʀʟs.
The mother felt a deep sense of ʟᴏss and disappointment when she suffered a Mɪꜱᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇꜱin June 2015. “My general view with this pregnancy is that as long as I have a healthy baby, I will be delighted, ” she said.
However, pregnancy was still very difficult for Kim, as she suffered from hematuria and had to be hospitalized for intravenous fluids. “It took a village to get everything done and make sure my daughter’s needs were met at the time,” she said. Therefore, the mother decides not to have more than two children. “I knew I couldn’t let my body and my family go through that again,” she said.
The difficulty that the Guileys encountered made the sudden birth of a son all the more interesting and emotional.
Kim explains: “Finding out we had a healthy baby Bᴏʏ was the culmination of our ʟᴏss and hardship. “It’s so poignant to know this will be our last child.”
When Kim and Travis saw Gill’s photos from that moment of sᴜʀᴘʀɪsᴇ, they “crashed,” the mother said. “We couldn’t stop laughing. I can’t believe my face can do that. I don’t think I can even recreate that face again if I try! ”
She added, “The photo makes me laugh because it shows how much I can talk about myself. As if someone had told me for sure that I was having a Gɪʀʟ – that’s how I was convinced. ”
Kim and Travis enjoyed reliving this moment and sharing it with others.
Striking photos of Gill’s birth went ᴠɪʀᴀʟ all over Instagram over the summer thanks to accounts like Birth Without ғᴇᴀʀ. But they enjoyed a ᴠɪʀᴀʟ resurgence on multiple social media platforms this week after appearing on multiple birth-themed accounts and The Daily Mail.
Gill said she hopes her photos will help people see the beauty of childbirth and home birth photography. She explains: “I think it’s a really special time to have documented”, adding that birth photography is not necessarily about capturing all the graphic details but more about chronicling beautiful moments.
The photographer also said she hopes more couples feel inspired to wait to find out the sᴇx of their baby. “There are very few sᴜʀᴘʀɪsᴇs left in this world, and I feel like people find out the sᴇx of their baby just because they can,” she said. “But there is also soᴍᴇᴛʜing very beautiful that awaits. I think that’s the way nature intended. And it’s very fun. ”
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