Ana Álvarez Errezcalde is a Spanish artist obsessed with capturing raw moments in life. Her art is filled with powerful images that remind us of our animalistic nature and essence. When she became pregnant, she knew she had to document her birth because she wanted to see herself in that vulnerable moment. When I say document don't think a hospital gown, epidural and social media updates. No! I'm talking about a naked, bloody woman with a newborn in her arms with the umbilical cord still attached and the placenta lying on the floor next to her.
Lots of parents say they would die for their children, but Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro actually did. Her heart stopped beating for 45 minutes soon after giving birth to her daughter Taily via Cesarean section. It was absolutely terrifying. Doctors at the Boca Raton Regional hospital fought for three whole hours to bring Ruby back from the brink of death, but to no avail. They were just about to pronounce Ruby dead when something miraculous happened. Ruby's heart restarted--all on its own!
The prospect of delivering your own baby at home would freak most people out. But not Jon Jordan. The 34-year-old Californian was cool, calm and collected as a 911 emergency dispatcher walked him through the home delivery of his daughter, who wasn't due for two more weeks! The entire situation wasn't without its hiccups. The baby was premature, the cord was wrapped around her neck, and…was she even breathing?
Shelby Magnani was having some painful stomach cramps and she decided to go to the nearest walk-in clinic in a neighborhood in Ankeny, Iowa. It turned out that Shelby was very much pregnant with twins and had no idea. When the emergency doctors performed an ultrasound they realized that the babies were monoamniotic and they scheduled an emergency C-section. Baby Ava and her twin sister Anna were born small but otherwise healthy and will go home in a couple of weeks.
Remember that moment that you gave birth? Remember that single moment of simultaneous elation and near death coinciding to produce a miracle? I do. I don't think it's something any of us could ever forget; the moment I became a mother. It is the single most profound moment of our lives and one we always want to remember; to preserve not only in our mind's eye, but on hardcopy.
My daughters were born in 2005 and 2007. With my first birth, we took lots of photos and had some great captures but had no idea what we were doing. My poor husband, it was our first birth and I had him snapping photos and shooting video. He was so busy that he missed out on cutting the baby's umbilical cord. That should've never happened. Every parent should get to enjoy and bask in those first few moments of parenthood, without having to multitask.
Tracey Kahn is a gorgeous hard-working single mother who is not afraid of her age or being a mom. At 51 years old, Tracey is pregnant and expecting her second daughter. Thanks to an egg donor and in vitro fertilization, Tracey is growing her family and encouraging women out there to become mothers regardless of their age or relationship status. She became pregnant with donated sperm and is beyond happy with the decision she made because she will raise two beautiful daughters.
Claire Carter from Lancashire, England was allergic to being pregnant. I'm not joking! She suffered from an extremely rare condition called Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) which is a liver disorder few pregnant women develop when their bodies can't function properly with all those pregnancy hormones. The condition is very serious because affects the bile function of the liver which can cause premature and still births.
Child labor could be a pretty nerve-wrecking and painful experience, but imagine giving birth to a baby whose weight equals that of an average 3-month-old? Well that's what happened to one woman from Shanxi, China known only as Mrs. Tian. The 34-year-old mom delivered a HUGE baby earlier this week and left everyone at Chongi Maternity Hospital in complete shock. This baby boy weighed 14 pounds, can you believe that? Ouch--that had to hurt!
Contractions. Honestly, I hear the word and I hold my breath! When I was pregnant with my first child and I had my first "contraction" at two months, I called 911. I'm not kidding! It was early in my pregnancy, my husband was away on business and I didn't know what to do. I was helplessly lost and didn't have any books or guidance about "What to Expect When You're Expecting, so I panicked and dialed. It turned out that I wasn't in labor (obviously) and my belly's muscles were just stretching.
I learned that contractions are normal and they all don't mean that the baby is coming out anytime soon. If you are pregnant or planning to be, read on so you won't drive the emergency phone operator crazy like I did.
I'm a big fan of pregnancy time lapse videos. I find them all kinds of adorable and fascinating. Make no mistake that I have viewed more than my fair share of them, even so I am captivated by the latest one I've watched created by a couple in the fair city I'm lucky enough to call home: San Francisco, California. Ian Padgham and his wife, Claire Pasquier, collaborated and put together a time lapse video chronicling Pasquier's pregnancy that they posted on Vine. Do you get what I'm saying? Since the video was posted on Vine it means that it is only six seconds long. This couple managed to capture an entire pregnancy in just six seconds and it is pretty amazing.
You have to check it out below. I mean what do you have to lose? It's only SIX seconds long !