December 1, 2018

Many different emotions and thoughts may run through new parents’ heads when they see their child for the first time after being born. The same was true for one new dad who broke down after witnessing the birth of his son—except that he wasn’t crying for the reason you might expect.

Kirstie Clark is a birth photographer from Dallas, Texas, who has captured many powerful photos of couples’ emotional reactions upon birth. While each delivery is unique and different, there is one story that lies close to her heart: her sister’s pregnancy.

When Clark’s sister was pregnant, she had witnessed difficult moments during her 10 months of pregnancy, while the only thing that her husband could do was be there for her.

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The main reason for the difficult pregnancy was that Clark’s sister had hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a condition characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and electrolyte disturbance—the same pregnancy illness that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, had suffered for all her three of her own pregnancies.

“She was in constant pain,” Clark told Bored Panda. “She could have died carrying her baby. There was no prior warning that HG was a variable in her pregnancy. I watched her fight and give her life for someone innocent. I watched her husband look on helplessly for almost a year.”

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During the pregnancy, Clark’s sister had vomited for more than 285 days, lost 30 pounds, and been hospitalized 4 times due to dehydration. She also had to eat “more dinners on the front steps of their home than he could count because any scent literally made her ill,” Clark wrote on her Facebook page.

On the day of her sister’s delivery, Clark was there to capture the precious moment.

“The emotions in the room were incredible,” she told Bored Panda.

And one of the precious photos that she took was of her brother-in-law (the father) crying once the baby was in his mother’s arms. Clark was so touched by this expression of emotion that she decided to ask him about it afterward.

“That’s not why I was crying,” he told her. It was not his newborn baby he was crying for, it was for his wife.

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“This is the first time I have seen her smile in 10 months,” he explained while tearing up.

Such loving words from a husband! “Men, please understand how powerful your empathy can be,” Clark added in her post.

The wonderful journey of pregnancy and birth is often fraught with trials and tribulations, yet every cloud has its silver lining, as they say—and that is one reason why this couple’s story touches our hearts.

Courtesy of Kristie Perez Photography
Courtesy of Kristie Perez Photography
Courtesy of Kristie Perez Photography