Photo Credit: Lynsey Stone
There are no photos or videos of either of my sons actually being born -- and that's how I wanted it. To my mind, in that crowning moment of birth, everyone in the room -- doctor, doula, husband -- already had a job to do, and clicking away with a camera wasn't it.
But this amazing photo by Lynsey Stone, titled "I Love You Baby!" kind of makes me wish I'd reconsidered. The black-and-white pic of a mom and dad birthing their son into the world at home is an entry in the National Geographic Photo Contest 2011.
I don't think I've ever seen a picture more elegantly capture the joy and pain of birth. (In fact, it's so elegant it makes me wonder: Where's the blood?! I know I didn't look so no-hair-out-of-place perfect during labor.) Still, I love the image of this strong mama. To me, this one's a winner -- even if it doesn't capture the National Geographic prize.