Mom Goes Into Labor, Then A Woman Captures Her Saying 'Goodbye' To Her Firstborn Daughter
HeartEternal Staff 12/15/2016
For parents of multiple kids, the experience of having their first born is perhaps best compared to that of a first kiss; lots of nerves but unbound joy and anticipation of the unknown. And while the joy never truly lessens with second, third, or more kids, the feelings of that "first time" are never really replicated again.
Perhaps, the same can be assumed for the first born whose life as an only child will remain a uniquely special experience, even if more siblings bring greater happiness later on.
Well, few can explain the intersection of these two overwhelming life experiences better than Laura Paulescu who is a photographer based in Portland, Oregon, specializing in capturing birth stories for parents. Mother of two herself, Laura understands the importance and the raw beauty of the struggle, the sacrifice, and the happiness of giving birth. More so, she understands what it means for the little tot who is about to be a big sister or a big brother.
"Holding your 'little' one so close one last time, before they aren't the little one anymore ... that's a moment that stays with you forever. Giving birth is so much more than the moment when a baby is born. It's a whole beautiful mess of hellos, goodbyes, joy, sadness, sacrifice ... and love that overwhelms you more than anything in your entire life."
Her spectacular eye for details and emotion recently captured very special moments between a mother who was in labor and her first born daughter who was there to wish her well. Sitting on a hospital bed, surrounded by all things medical, you see how the young mother holds her daughter tight as they move into a new chapter of their lives.
Using her talent and passion for photography, Laura has been documenting the most fleeting and special moments for families. This includes not just birth stories, but also the first time siblings meet each other, or the first time pets get to meet the new addition to the family.
Whether it is children, pets, or even parents themselves, one thing they all share is the sense of accomplishment and happiness in creating a beautiful family. The pictures seem so real and relatable, rather than staged and edited.
Here is a great video of Laura's work; try to hold back your emotions!
The world seems like it's in a constant flux these days, but grounding us are our families and our love for each other. And while women have been giving birth for millennia, the newness and the happiness of that moment for the mother and for her family seems like it's so fresh and new. Thanks to photographers like Laura Paulescue who make those moments a permanent fixture in life.