Most women can't even focus on anything else during childbirth and this supermommy managed to capture her baby's first breath!
Megan Mattiuzzo, who is a professional photographer, knows how the world strives for creativity and uniqueness when it comes to photography. That's why she knew, even though there are several other skilled photographers around, it would be just like any other baby shoot, as there would be nothing unique about it. So, this complete badass of a mom decides to capture her own labor. Can you believe that? Well, her photographs are completely unique, as she's managed to capture her son's first breath, all from her perspective. Megan, who is basically a wedding photographer who runs the page Meg Ann Photography, had always planned this.
So when it was time for her to PUSH, the helpful and friendly staff let them get the lighting right and handed Megan her Nikon D5, so she could capture every moment of the special occasion. Her husband handed her the camera and she rested it on her tummy which doubled as the tripod for the baby shoot and she clicked, while she pushed. Tough job, that one is. You know just how hard it is to focus on anything else when there's a baby coming out of you, right?
There were a few bumps along the way, but Maryan claims she got the exact shot she really wanted to, of her firstborn Easton. She took to Facebook to share her story. Yes, I documented my own birth. Since I got pregnant I knew I wanted just one photo .. of his first breath! I wasn’t sure I would be able to actually pull this off because of my epidural not fully working, she wrote, as she went on to describe the entire process.
She wrote: My pain level at the end was over my limit. I grab my light ( as we say in the business lol ) between two contractions and then Ryan handed me the camera the min they said that last push would be the one! He came out crying but calmed so much down they made him cry again to make sure he was okay. He has proved to be a very calm baby who is dealing with some breathing issues but is a trooper. We are so in love with our Baby Easton!
She even added the quote 'The part of me that’s you will never die' by Lady Gaga, as she thanked her doctor for helping her bring "this amazing baby into the world." She spoke to Scary Mommy and said: “When I first found out I was pregnant I knew that this was something I wanted to capture for my self. I have friends who are in the birth photography field who said they would be happy to capture the moment for me. But I didn’t want just the moment captured, I wanted it from my perspective!”
“My doctor and husband were both on board! I told the doctors as I started to push to turn the room lights off and just keep the spotlights above the bed on, to make for a better photo. Between two contractions I started my setting in my Nikon D5. Then my husband held the camera for an hour and 15 mins until the moment my doctor told me it would be the last push! He then handed me my camera and as I curled my chin to my chest to push I balanced the bottom of the camera on my stomach looking through the viewfinder,” she added.
She recalled how the next moment was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for her, as a first-time mother and as a photographer. “I then captured one of the best moments of my life. The first time I got to see my son… the first breath he took. It was the best day of my life and I now I will always remember it. Photographs keep moments from ever being lost. I’m glad I captured my son’s first moments!” Megan is one luckily talented woman.
She then spoke about how the moment almost did not happen, because the epidural hadn't kicked in and her labor was quite painful. “My epidural wasn’t a hundred percent effective. The left side of my stomach didn’t take [and the] labor was very intense. At one point I looked at my husband and said, ‘I don’t know if I can do this,'" she said. But the first time she saw her son through the viewfinder, it left her speechless
“The focus went away from the pain. It’s your son, it’s your child. Seeing him…I can’t describe the feeling. You go nine months not knowing what they look like, who they are. And then to see finally see a healthy baby, you’re just overwhelmed with happiness," she exclaimed. The pictures have gone viral from the moment she published them. “I am very surprised by the overwhelming attention the media has had to the images. It's been quite a ride!" she added.
"I'm excited to have this story for Easton as he grows. It's nice to see a warm story of the birth and I’m so happy to see the great response from mothers and women. It’s been a very eventful few days since his birth and I can’t wait to share the story of his birth with him when he is old enough," she concluded. Easton's a brilliant model, just like how his mom is a brilliant photographer. I'm pretty sure there's going to be a lot more pictures of him in the future, with his mom behind the camera.