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Here's what happens when a mom takes photographs of herself giving birth

When she's not writing, Claire Gillespie can most often be found wiping snotty noses, picking up Lego, taking photos of her cat or doing headstands.

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Childbirth from a whole new angle

Lisa Robinson Photography
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Childbirth from a whole new angle

For mom-to-be Lisa Robinson-Ward, there was only ever one option for her birth photographer: herself. And the California-based photographer, who specializes in weddings and portraits, had a very special reason for shooting her own labor and delivery.

Already mom to a 9-year-old son with her husband, Robinson-Ward had been trying for several years to get pregnant again, suffering two miscarriages along the way. It was when they made the decision to stop trying for another baby that she fell pregnant with daughter Anora, who is now 6 months old.

Robinson-Ward believed that photographing her own childbirth experience would help her stay calm and provide a distraction from the pain. She admitted that she didn’t know if she’d be able to pull it off, but she did, and the images are stunning.

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Contemplating

Lisa Robinson Photography
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Contemplating

Taking a moment.

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Contractions

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Contractions

The mom-of-two said she was in labor for 14 hours, but "time really flew" thanks to pain management.

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A steady hand

Lisa Robinson Photography
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A steady hand

And, of course, the support of her husband.

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Anora arrives

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Anora arrives

"When I look back at these photos, I can remember exactly how I felt. I can relive the moment my daughter was born," said Robinson-Ward.

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Doc's on board

Lisa Robinson Photography
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Doc's on board

Luckily the doctor was all for her wielding a camera during the labor.

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Cutting the cord

Lisa Robinson Photography
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Cutting the cord

The mom managed to capture the most special moments of the life-changing experience. 

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Bonding

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Bonding

The photographer handed the camera to her mother after Anora was born, and she too started snapping away. 

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Adorable

Lisa Robinson Photography
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Adorable

Such a precious moment. 

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Overcome with emotion

Lisa Robinson Photography
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Overcome with emotion

There are no words. 

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Skin to skin

Lisa Robinson Photography
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Skin to skin

Mom and baby had immediate skin-to-skin contact, and Anora breastfed straightaway.

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Gorgeous

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Gorgeous

Robinson-Ward describes her baby daughter as a "mellow, happy baby." 

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Doting dad

Lisa Robinson Photography
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Doting dad

"I loved seeing my husband’s face the moment he saw our daughter for the first time," said Robinson-Ward. "He was crying. He was just so happy."

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Brand new and beautiful

Lisa Robinson Photography
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Brand new and beautiful

Tiny feet just have to be photographed. 

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Getting checked

Lisa Robinson Photography
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Getting checked

Every aspect of the birth experience was captured on camera. 

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Precious bundle

Lisa Robinson Photography
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Precious bundle

Too cute.

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That hair!

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That hair!

Can we just take a moment to appreciate that incredible head of hair?

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