Dara Crouch, a labor and delivery nurse from Columbus, Georgia, thought she knew what to expect from her second pregnancy in the delivery room, but she was in for a surprise. And an emotional one, too. The 29-year-old mother was caught with a shocked expression on the camera by photographer and family friend Neely Ker-Fox on April 25, the day her second child was born at St. Francis Hospital. And her shocking reaction is because she found out it’s a boy. There wasn’t any boy from her mum’s side of the family for more than 50 years. And she was blessed.
“I just knew I was having a girl,” Dara told TODAY.
Crouch, who works as a labor and delivery (L&D) nurse at St. Francis Hospital, previously had a daughter, Neyland, who is now 3. She was absolutely convinced that she would never have a boy. But miracles do happen.
While she does have a few male cousins, Crouch’s family is predominantly female.
“Five minutes before it was time to start pushing, the couple again started thinking about the possibility of a boy,” said Ker-Fox.
Just a few moments later, at 1:31 p.m., the midwife announced it was a boy. Ker-Fox recalls Crouch shouting: “Oh my gosh! It’s a boy; I can’t believe it’s a boy!”
Her son is the first boy after more than 50 years. Liam weighed 7 pounds and 15 ounces.
Neely Ker-Fox of Ker-Fox Photography captured the mom’s shocking reaction and told A Plus what the experience was like.
“Admittedly, I love shooting births when the gender is unknown. Every mother is filled with anticipation to meet their baby, no matter what, but the parents who don’t know and wait until the moment of birth, there’s really nothing else like it,” she said. “That’s when you get moments like this captured. Dara very much thought she was having a girl, as they had not had a boy on her side of the family in over 50 years. Her husband thought otherwise, and felt they were having a boy.”
Ker-Fox said the moment in the delivery was especially emotional because Dara was surrounded by familiar people. “Both of the attending midwives were close friends and colleagues of Dara’s, as well as her best friend and fellow L&D nurse.”
Everyone erupted into tears of joy after the midwife announced that it was a boy.
Crouch’s husband, Eric, 30, was also captured in the viral photos taken at St. Francis Hospital, where his wife has worked for the past seven years. Also, her best friend and fellow nurse, Camille, assisted two midwives with the delivery.
Crouch’s delivery room photos are now going viral thanks to her emotional reaction.
Ker-Fox says she hopes the series will show people the real power of birth photography.
“We share images that help empower women, and normalize birth for the public,” she adds.
Dara Crouch told ABC News she thinks the photos are great. And Liam is alo doing just fine, smiling at his daddy, and watching his big sister play.