For every soul we create, there is a soul that we felt a connection with first.

The one who helped us create life.

The one who watches on helplessly while the woman he loves, moans and howls through labor stages.

While we have always put each other first, mother nature drifts in to place him in the backseat while he watches them transform into one other. All without needing his assistance.

At every single birth I have attended, the men are in the background, even if they are up close with their women.

They are actually stronger than they realize.

Carrying the irony in their faces of being able to fix everything yet somehow not able to "fix" our pain and discomfort.

It's not even the fact that we need to be saved but that they're essentially powerless to rescue in a way that they are used to being able to do.

Their empathy skyrockets in a manner that most of them have never experienced, yet they stay silent.

They do not make the situation about themselves.

Nor do they panic.

They are anxious.

Worried.

Frustrated.

They do their best to not let on.

I make occassional eye contact with them to telepathically tell them that she is okay.

She will be okay.

Words are rarely spoken.

Whether through caressing us through our experience or respecting our space, they are in the shadows, observing.

Witnessing two or more people being born.

They watch the women they once knew being birthed into who they are now.

It is illogical to think that the men we love & choose to be present do not experience a beautiful and gaining loss as well.

They watch the woman they love turn into a stranger who is somehow still the woman they love.

Paralyzed with the intensity before them, their empathy overrides their fear and they stay strong.

To these men, we see you and we love you.

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Full Name 2 months ago (edited)

That's a game face, right there. He looks so intense, yet a million miles away.

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Agnes Jekyll 2 months ago

Powerful image--his helplessness written all over.

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UniversalMel 2 months ago

Omg a breast so inappropriate ~insert sarcasm here~

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Full Name 2 months ago

This is really beautiful. She looks like she's ready to collapse into him.

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Reginald Joseph 2 months ago

Do not look beyond that curtain--doctors tell you not to, and it is the truth.

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Arietis 2 months ago

Why is this 'mature content'?

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Hańka 2 months ago

This is beautiful

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ptm45 2 months ago

this is a fact of life. mature content would be some guy blowing another guy's brains off

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MBZ MetalsmithArtist 2 months ago

This could be a dad waiting for a c section- they made my husband wait outside when I was being prepared for emergency csection (after 38 hours of natural labor that stopped progressing normally). He was ushered into the operating room a moment before our son was pulled out of the incision. ...The nurse said they did it that way as a policy after having one too many expectant fathers pass out at the sight of the incision on a pregnant belly, so close to baby. They said there had been times when the fathers ended up with more stitches than mom...(though theirs were in a more comfortable location...)

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Lulu Huffington 2 months ago

Hmm I read watching. Not comforting.

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JATORIA SMITH 2 months ago

🥰🥰LITTLE BABY BUTT

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Jean van der Merwe 2 months ago

I love this.

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NWB 2 months ago

Thats a dad that is what the hell do I do now!?

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C 2 months ago

is she in labor? Jut wondering about her face

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Agnes Jekyll 2 months ago

The pain in her posture--it's all there

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Wibbi 2 months ago

There's nothing... to partly exposed breast, no vagina, no newborn baby, or anything else this post is marking as so called "matrue content"! Everyone is fully clothed! How the hell is the decision for something to be "mature content" made??? I wouldn't mark anything I saw so far as "mature content"... this is life and not something that has to be hidden

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Nadine 2 months ago

She is clearly listening to music. It helps the body relax.

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Wibbi 2 months ago

Same here... where the hell is this "mature content"??? Is it the IV? I don't get this...

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Is she... giving birth into a toilet?

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