© 2012 Brian Adams
This week, Brian posted some really great work on his blog here, so you should definitely check out the photos. (They are amazing.) But, we just had to share one of them on Brian & Ash because it's pretty significant to the story of us.
The photo above is of the two midwives that helped bring Elliott into the world. Laura, on the left, was my pretnatal caregiver for all of those weeks and months prior to delivery, the one who listened to Elliott's heart with me, answered all of my questions, and worked with me to create the natural birth plan Brian and I wanted for our son. Bonnie, on the right, is the absolutely phenomenal midwife who delivered Elliott into the world. I will forever be indebted to her for her skillful hands and wisdom. (You can read our detailed birth account here to see what I mean.)
It was strange for all of us to be together again for this photo in the way that it's strange to meet with a teacher or professor who meant something larger than life to you. We knew these women for such a brief time--we only knew Bonnie for those 4 hours of our labor and birth!--and yet they were present for one of the most memorable events of our lives. They have each delivered over a thousand babies and helped so many women, so we were so touched that they agreed to get together for a photo session. We're among the many that they've helped, so we don't expect to be nearly as important to them as they are to us.
But for our part, Brian and I will always remember them as larger than life people. And we like it that way.