See a Mom With Cerebral Palsy Give Birth on Her Own Terms in 12 Stunning Photos

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When it comes to giving birth, most moms want to do it on our own terms. But for Kelly, a woman who was born with spastic cerebral palsy, her condition had the potential to complicate her birth plan. Photographer Jaydene Freund of Cradled Creations captured the birth photos of a mom who chose to listen to her intuition, follow her heart, believe in the strength of her body, and deliver her infant her way.


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These photos show the determination and fearlessness of a woman who, after being told by a doctor she'd need to deliver her first child via C-section, chose to find a midwife who would truly listen rather than dismiss her. After connecting with the right person, Kelly gave birth to her first son in under four hours -- without drugs, a C-section, or "medical interference whatsoever," she explains on Freund's photography blog. These pictures illustrate the juxtaposition of the vulnerability and courage of the human spirit. Take a look and feel empowered by the miracle of birth. It will make a mom feel encouraged and supported for her own birth. 

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