It would be no surprise that as a birth photographer, you’d be used to being a part of highly emotional moments in people’s lives.
But the birth of little Uma Louise Dougherty-Eledge left one seasoned photographer an absolute mess — and the incredible images and the story behind them have since gone viral around the globe.
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“Being a part of this incredible journey has been one of the most magical experiences,” photographer Ariel Panowicz told Yahoo.
Uma Louise was born Monday morning at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha to proud dads Matthew Eledge and Elliot Dougherty, who are married.
She was conceived via in vitro fertilization, using Eledge’s sperm and eggs from Dougherty’s sister, Lea Yribe.
And it was Eledge’s 61-year-old mother, Cecile Reynek Eledge, who served as the gestational carrier and gave birth to Uma, helping her son and son-in-law become first-time parents.
The incredible moment was captured by Panowicz, who has followed the couple’s journey right from the start.
“From witnessing the moment Matt and Elliot met to photographing their wedding, maternity photos and then the birth of their baby girl, it’s been so amazing watching their love and family grow,” she told Yahoo.
“The strength and poise that [she] demonstrated at 61 years old while giving birth was truly a sight to see. She was so calm, (literally didn’t make a peep during birth), and had the energy of a true warrior.
Oh for fuck sake. Just that.
Maybe we should just do away with the term parent and replace it with sperm donor and gestational carrier.
How much did this nonsense cost?
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