Hunter and Hope Madden have wanted to start a family and become parents ever since they were first married.
Hunter and Hope were disheartened to discover that trying to get pregnant was more challenging than they had imagined.
Hope had low levels of both hCG and progesterone, which made it difficult for her to conceive and even more challenging for her to maintain a healthy pregnancy when they visited fertility specialists.
Before becoming pregnant with their son, Owen, the couple went through two early miscarriages following months of fertility treatments and waiting. The couple was devastated to learn Owen’s heart had stopped beating during their first sonogram with him.
However, the pair didn’t give up and kept trying. They conceived Evelyn Madden, their rainbow child, at that time.
Hunter and Hope worried about Evelyn’s health the whole time they were expecting her. Hope stated, “We were well-prepared for the worst.” “I believe that feeling persisted throughout my pregnancy.
We were passively waiting for the ground to give way under us at any moment.
In spite of their darkest worries, Hope was successful in carrying Evelyn to term.
The couple discovered that they were mourning Owen’s passing more forcefully than ever during the 40 hours of natural labor. But the traumatic, emotional birth also brought about healing.
As they got ready to deliver their little miracle, the two grew closer.
Hunter and Hope finally realized their dream of becoming parents when tiny Evelyn was born.
This couple finally received the most ideal little gift after everything they had been through—miscarriages, fertility treatments, induction, and a grueling 40-hour delivery.
Birth in Austin, TX Leilani Rogers, a photographer, caught stunning images of the touching birth. Numerous complete strangers have been moved by her images online, especially the ones showing Hunter finally getting to see his beloved daughter.
They serve as a potent reminder that giving birth is about starting a new family as well as bringing new life into the world. The lives of Hunter and Hope will never be the same.
The description of the image above was written by photographer Leilani Rogers who said, “This is a story about a mom and a dad who went through grief and tenacity to receive their son.
“His daughter now rests her precious head against the tattoo that was done on his chest following their first miscarriage. They both serve as symbols of victory.
She will always hold dear to her heart their narrative, which has affected countless people.
“Getting to know the Madden family has been wonderful. Although I treasure every birth story I record, it is even more gratifying to share a triumphant one like this one. Hope and Hunter make wonderful parents.
They are very devoted to Evelyn as well as to each other. They toiled arduously to bring her here, and they worried until they held her in their arms.
“The relief and excitement are so obvious in these pictures. It is very amazing to capture a dad’s unfiltered and sincere response.
We frequently forget that giving birth involves the entire family, not just the mother and child. I enjoyed recording their story because the entire birth was filled with touching moments that demonstrate that.
About a week after their birth, I got the chance to go back and see them so I could shoot some baby and family pictures. They were succeeding, too. I’ve followed them on social media as well, and I love seeing Evelyn mature.