If I have learned anything through my experiences documenting birth stories, as well as my own births and time spent with midwives, doulas and other birth professionals, it that birth—every single birth—is so incredibly beautiful and powerful, and women—every single one of us—are so incredibly strong, stronger than we usually realize. This mama's strength and endurance left me in awe. I was with her for 14 hours of her labor, which was less than half of it, and she was still smiling in between contractions, and smiling as she held her brand new daughter when I visited the hospital the next day. It's an unspeakable honor to witness and document these moments.

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