A mother-of-one shared stunning images of the moment she gave birth to her son, revealing how she snapped the photos herself while ᴘᴜsʜɪɴɢ her child out into the world. Megan Mattiuzzo, 29, is a wedding photographer from Hamburg, New York. Recently, she posted beautiful images of the moment her first son was born on social networks, which touched the hearts of viewers.
Megan revealed that she wanted to capture the moment her son was born from her own perspective while she was lying on the birth bed. She had several photographer friends who offered to be in the room with her and her husband to photograph the birth, but she had another idea. She said:” I wanted a picture and it would be from my perspective, from what I saw, my son’s first breaths and his first sight in the world. Everyone thought I wasn’t normal, my friends also offered to take pictures for me so I wouldn’t have to do it during the birth but I didn’t agree. My ᴇᴘɪᴅᴜʀᴀʟ wasn’t working properly, and I was in very ᴠɪᴏʟᴇɴᴛ ʟᴀʙᴏʀ. I didn’t know if I could do this.”
But on the day of her 12-hour ʟᴀʙᴏʀ, and with one final ᴘᴜsʜ, Mattuizzo grabbed hold of her camera and captured truly stunning images of her newborn son from his mom’s perspective. Mattiuzzo said looking at these images post-ʟᴀʙᴏʀ, she’s “overwhelmed with happiness” with how they turned out. Megan says the focus has made her forget the ᴘᴀɪɴ of ʟᴀʙᴏʀ. “It’s your son, it’s your baby. I can’t describe how I felt when I saw him born. You hold your 9 month pregnant belly, can’t quite picture what the baby looks like, and then finally a healthy baby appeared in front of you. I was filled with happiness.” However, the planning and road to this moment were not easy.
Firstly, she made sure her camera settings were adjusted for the lighting and sequences of the shots. She had her husband hold onto the camera for the majority of her ʟᴀʙᴏʀ, and planned for him to quickly hand it to her at the final moment. On the day of her ʟᴀʙᴏʀ, some complications made the task much harder. She said:” My ᴇᴘɪᴅᴜʀᴀʟ wasn’t 100% effective. The left side of my sᴛᴏᴍᴀᴄʜdidn’t take, and the ʟᴀʙᴏʀ was very ɪɴᴛᴇɴsᴇ. At one point I looked at my husband and said, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.’ About an hour into my ᴘᴜsʜing, my doctor said ‘This should be your final ᴘᴜsʜ’ and I ᴛᴜᴄᴋᴇᴅ my chin to my ᴄʜᴇsᴛ, I balanced my camera on my stomach, I looked in my viewfinder, and started shooting. First you see the top of his head…then his hands…it was amazing, I calling it a ‘Simba moment’.”
Mattiuzzo added that having these one-of-a-kind birth photos now makes her believe that her plans were not “a crazy request” after all. She advises any soon-to-be mothers who are inspired by this idea, but who aren’t professional photographers, to be fully prepared heading into ʟᴀʙᴏʀ. Although, she adds that the photos do not ‘have to be perfect.’ They serve as memories. Mattiuzzo said:” Being a photographer, especially specializing in weddings…you rely on your photographer to capture that moment to relive them. For me it was the same thought process. I might remember the moment myself, but memories fade. The visual photo for me is to relive that moment of happiness, that relief. He’s here, he looks healthy. … It’s nice to have that photo.”