Robin Baker has witnessed the arrival of more than 70 babies, but the US photographer describes this water birth as “one of the most incredible moments” of her career. It’s easy to see why. The incredible images show a father helping his wife deliver twins at home in their bathtub.
The babies, a boy and a girl, were born so quickly that the unnamed couple’s birth team did not arrive in time for the water birth. The mother and father spoke to a doctor on the phone as they prepared for their babies’ arrival.
“I was focused on helping them prepare a space for birth in between ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs and taking photographs,” Baker explained to US PopSugar about the unusual delivery.
“I’m also an experienced home birther, so I knew what needed to be done. The parents were calm, peaceful, and brought their babies into the world effortlessly.”
To make the birth even more special, the second baby to arrive was born ᴇɴ-ᴄᴀᴜʟ, or still inside the ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ. This only happens in about one in every 80,000 deliveries.
“They had 30 minutes of bonding time with Baby A before Baby B made his way into his father’s hands still ᴇɴ-ᴄᴀᴜʟ,” Baker explained.
“The mom reached down and removed the sᴀᴄ, and dad turned the baby to release the ɴᴜᴄʜᴀʟ ᴄᴏʀᴅ and then handed him to mom. The atmosphere was peaceful and joyous.
“It was truly one of the most incredible moments of my career. Since so many twins are born in the ᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ room, this birth was very special. Women are incredible when they follow their body’s natural instincts.”