‘It’s so painful to see your love in this condition’: Dad’s riveting ride of emotions during child’s birth will give you ALL THE FEELS

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“I’ve been a birth photographer for 20 years. Marit and Ander Pettersen are a very special couple for me.  I followed this couple on their first birth 4  years ago. They tried for a long time to get pregnant, so it was a truly desired baby.

Husband reaches over hospital bed to hold arms of pregnant wife who is sitting on pregnancy ball
Eva Rose Birth
Husband holds hand over mouth crying while wife gives birth
Eva Rose Birth

For their first birth, I had no idea that Anders, the dad, was going to cry like this. The tears came as soon as he held this son for the first time. Everyone at the birth cried with him. The midwifes still remember that birth four years ago. And now, two weeks ago, I had the honor to follow them again, and it was just as many tears this time! He expressed every spectrum of emotion on this birth as well, and he’s not afraid to show it.

Husband looks up crying as wife gives birth
Eva Rose Birth

It’s so painful to see your love in this condition, but just minutes after this picture was taken, his oxytocin level, also known as the ‘love hormone,’ was sky high!

Husband crying hysterically with hands in air as wife gives birth
Eva Rose Birth

I think it’s so beautiful that he’s not afraid to show emotions like this, and I’m hoping more men can let go and do the same.

Take a look at this father’s riveting ride of emotions:

Husband kisses wife who just gave birth
Eva Rose Birth
Husband cries after wife gives birth with nurse consoling him
Eva Rose Birth
Husband holds hands to his forehead looking up to sky after wife gave birth
Eva Rose Birth
Husband cries hysterically at birth of his child
Eva Rose Birth
Husband stands with arms in air beside wife who is in hospital bed breastfeeding
Eva Rose Birth
Shirtless father holds newborn to chest crying
Eva Rose Birth
Father cries while holding newborn to chest with wife laying in hospital bed behind him
Eva Rose Birth

After two births with this beautiful family, they feel like a part of me. They will always have a big place in my heart and I will never forget their births. So much emotion and love I have never experienced before!”

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by birthing photographer, Eva Rose of Eva Rose Birth in Norway. Submit your story here, and subscribe to our best love stories here.

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