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

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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