When I received the message from my friend and local midwife, Maureen (who’s adoption of her daughter I photographed almost a year ago), that there was a baby that was going to be born at our fantastic, baby friendly hospital, Waccamaw and said baby was going to be adopted I jumped on the chance to capture this incredible event. Little did I know at the time just how amazing this experience this would be.
Going to the hospital I had no idea who the birth mother or the intended parents were, so everything was completely unknown. All I knew is that the intended parents and birth mother had a great relationship and that the baby would be named Ellie Maureen (Ellie after the birthmother and Maureen after their amazing midwife). What I walked into was nothing short of the perfect miracle for one very special little girl. As Maureen introduced me to the intended family waiting in the waiting room and then to the birthmother and her family I began to see clearly just how unique and beautiful this adoption was going to be. There was an obvious bond between the birthmother and the intended parents. As the night went on I learned of their plans to raise their sweet baby girl as one huge family. There would be no absence of sweet Ellie’s biological mother or siblings in her life as her intended parents plan to keep in close contact.
Being an adoptee myself, adoption is near and dear to my heart. I have photographed several adoption stories and each one is beautiful and unique in it’s own right. Each story consists of a selfless birth mother willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure a great life for their baby and to provide a loving family with a miracle. There was just something about how close everyone felt, the energy in the room consisted of nothing but love, respect and gratitude…and joy, lots of joy. So sit back and enjoy this slideshow of the day a perfect baby girl entered the world to more love and family than she’s going to know what to do with.
Another super cool part about this adoption, aside from it being on the intended mother’s birthday, it was also National Adoption Day!