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“Making the decision to have a baby is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone First, my heart goes out to the individuals who desire to experience childbirth, but cannot. These images document the mundane and momentous moments in the days leading up to and just after Griffin's delivery. Many of you have seen birth close up and know the sleepless nights, intrusive exams, bland chicken broth, intense pains/pressures, anxiety about the unknown, etc. I only observed from a male perspective ­čśŐ My goal was to give Amy a visual record of all the experiences both pleasant and unpleasant so that those moments were not lost in the blur. At 40 weeks and 0 days Amy was induced. We checked into labor & delivery on the evening of 2/3 and began. By late 2/4 there was little progress and the Dr broke her water to intensify contractions and expedite dilation. Just after midnight on 2/5 an epidural was administered and contra

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