Man breaks down in heartfelt tears in the delivery room after seeing wife's reaction
A man was photographed crying while his wife gave birth, but his tears were not precisely because of his new baby, but because of his wife's smile.
The author of the photos, Kirstie Pérez, is the aunt of the baby and an experienced birth photographer, but this childbirth even surprised her.
During her sister's pregnancy, the expectant mother suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss and alteration of electrolytes.
She was hospitalized four times for dehydration, and the slightest smell made her nauseous. Her husband was by her side from beginning to end, and he was very understanding about everything.
The couple hired Kirstie to document the end of this experience at the hospital and she did a wonderful job. When she told her brother-in-law that she captured him crying when she saw her son, the man affirmed that his tears were not for the birth itself.
Kirstie did not understand why but then her brother-in-law confessed that "it was the first time that I see her (his wife) smile in 10 months".
"He impotently observed his wife vomit abundantly for more than 285 days, and witnessed her loss of 30 pounds in pregnancy because she could not feed herself due to hyperemesis gravidarum and preeclampsia," the sister photographer told Bored Panda.
"I saw her go through many things. She was in constant pain. She could have died by breeding her baby. There was no prior warning that HG was a variable in her pregnancy. I saw her fight and give her life for someone innocent. I saw her husband look helpless for almost a year. The emotions in the room were incredible," confessed Kirstie.
The tears of man were of happiness and relief. His wife would no longer have to go through that and, in addition, they had their beautiful son with them.
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In an equally moving story, a pair of twins shook the birth room at birth by holding hands.
The daughters of Sarah Thistlethwaite, Jenna and Jillian, are a rare pair of identical twins who shared the amniotic sac and were in constant contact throughout the pregnancy, in 2014.
The prenatal connection between the twins made the moment even more powerful, coupled with the fact that it was a pregnancy of high risk and concern. Now they are 4 years old, and they have very different personalities, but they take care of one another when they are sad.
Thistlewaite said that seeing them holding hands was "the most poignant thing I've ever seen." Throughout these years, the sisters remained inseparable, always sitting together at mealtime and always trying to hug each other.