Sarah, Brad, Isaac, and Laura
The moment that they learned the sex of the baby
May 20, 2009
This was such a wonderful moment to witness and document. My good friends Sarah and Brad had a 20-week ultrasound appointment, and finally learned their baby’s gender. It was so exciting and emotional!
Sarah invited me to come to her first ultrasound, to share in the experience with her. I asked her if I could photograph it, and she agreed. I was thrilled when she invited me to the second and third appointments also, and I offered to photograph those as well. You can see photos from her first ultrasound here and her second ultrasound here.
Yesterday was the day that they’d been waiting and hoping for. I loved this moment just after Laura, the midwife, announced the baby’s sex. It took a second to sink in for Sarah, and then she starting clapping. It took Brad a couple seconds longer for it to sink in, and then he grinned. Meanwhile little Isaac was oblivious to the news, and was trying to put ultrasound gel in his dad’s ear. What a moment.
I like this photo of Meg, Laura’s assistant, surrounded by diplomas and maternity imagery.
Isaac was cuddling a baby doll, while Sarah was cuddling her baby.
I thought I had missed this moment, and I’m glad I didn’t! Isaac was trying to listen for the baby’s heartbeat. Fascinating!
Isaac helped measure his mommy’s belly.
This was the moment that Laura figured out the baby’s sex. She hadn’t told us yet.
Laura waited to get a clear image before she announced it. The anticipation was palpable.
Then a clear view appeared. This was the moment they found out.
It is a GIRL!
Look at all of their expressions as they saw a clear view of her tiny fingers.
Afterward, Sarah admired the printouts of their little daughter, while Brad cuddled with their son.
As soon as she got in the car, Sarah called her parents.
Then we came to my house, where they called Brad’s parents. Isaac found my phone — I guess he had some calls to make, too.
Congratulations, Sarah, Brad, and Isaac!
Midwife: Baby’s Breath Midwifery