2016 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 3rd prize

Emily and Kate and Eddie and Reid

Photographer

Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

13 December, 2015

Emily watches nervously as nurses work to get Eddie to breathe properly and cry. He didn’t cry immediately after he was born, as his umbilical cord was wrapped tightly around him.

Emily and Kate are married to each other, and live in Maplewood, New Jersey. Both became pregnant at the same time, though that had not initially been their plan. Kate had been undergoing in vitro fertilization, but it appeared not to be working when she asked Emily to try, using the donor they had chosen together. Emily became pregnant almost immediately and while Kate was winding down her treatment, so did she. Emily gave birth to Reid, and Kate to Eddie, just four days apart. Kate and Emily embraced pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood in tandem, as two women experiencing the challenges, intimacy, and transformations together.

About

Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

She received her master's degree in visual communication from Ohio University in Athens and received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at ...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/100
Focal length
35.0 mm
F-Stop
3.5
ISO
3200
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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