Kim Guiley was positive her second kid would be a girl while she was pregnant. So she and her husband, Travis, were taken aback when she gave birth to a baby boy.
Susannah Gill, a birth photographer, caught the moment the Guileys learnt their baby’s gender. The emotions on their faces can only be characterized as priceless when looking at the images.
“It was a huge time because so much was going on,” Gill told The Huffington Post. “It was around 5 a.m. after a very long night,” says the narrator.
Kim gave birth to her first child in July at her Santa Cruz home. The midwife informed them that they would have to transfer to the hospital shortly before the delivery since Kim’s tailbone appeared to be blocking the baby’s path, according to the photographer.
Kim stood up as her husband and birth support team prepared to relocate. She felt the baby coming at that point and began pushing immediately. Her tailbone was broken as she was giving birth to her son.
Kim told HuffPost, “I was in severe pain.” “However, he was well worth the effort.”
Travis and Kim, a birth doula, decided not to find out their baby’s gender ahead of time, so the surprise was “extremely thrilling and emotional,” according to the photographer. “The midwife wrapped the baby in a blanket and handed it to Kim, who took a glimpse.”
The baby’s gender was a surprise to the mother, who has a 3-year-old daughter called Hazel, according to Gill. “Because her belly was showing in such a similar fashion to her first pregnancy, she was confident this baby was a girl,” she said.
“I work as a doula,” Kim explained, “so I should completely know better than to take a wild guess.” “I had all these foolish reasons, all these sentiments, why I assumed it was a female.”
Kim also believes she convinced herself it was a girl to prevent disappointment. “I grew up in a home with one girl and one boy, and I wanted to have the experience of parenting both a boy and a girl as a parent,” she explained.
When the mother experienced a miscarriage in June 2015, she already felt a great feeling of loss and disappointment. “With this pregnancy, my overall perspective was that as long as I have a healthy baby, I’ll be overjoyed,” she added.
Despite this, Kim’s pregnancy was challenging, as she suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum and had to be hospitalized for IV fluids. “It required a village,” she added, “to get everything done and make sure my daughter’s needs were addressed at the time.” As a result, the mother determined that she would only have two children. “I knew I couldn’t do it to my body or my family again,” she added.
The Guileys’ difficulties just added to the excitement and emotion of finding out they were expecting a child.
Kim added, “Finding out we had a healthy baby boy was the culmination of our losses and struggles.” “Knowing this would be our final child made it even more poignant.”
Kim and Travis began “cracking up” when they viewed Gill’s images from that surprise occasion, according to the mother. “We couldn’t get enough of laughing.” I can’t believe my face has the power to accomplish that. Even if I tried, I don’t think I’d be able to duplicate that expression!”
“The snapshot makes me giggle because it demonstrates how much I can persuade myself into things,” she continued. It felt as if someone had told me categorically that I was having a girl; that’s how certain I was.”
Kim and Travis have relished the opportunity to relive the experience and share it with others.
Thanks to accounts like Birth Without Fear, Gill’s striking images of the birth went viral on Instagram this summer. However, after appearing on numerous birth-themed accounts and The Daily Mail, they became popular again on several social media sites this week.
Gill expressed her hope that her photographs may inspire others to appreciate the beauty of home birth and birth photography. “I think it’s a really unique occasion to have documented,” she said, adding that birth photography is more about recording lovely moments than capturing all the gruesome details.
The photographer also expressed her hope that more couples will be inspired to wait to find out their baby’s gender. “There are so few surprises left in this world,” she added, “and I feel like people find out the gender of their baby just to find out the gender of their baby.” “But there’s something extremely lovely about waiting.” That, I believe, is how nature meant it to be. It’s also a lot of fun.”