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12 hours into an eventual 17-hour childbirth, my girlfriend was definitely feeling the pain. I looked on helplessly as nothing compared to the moments of pain and the respite between. Gas, drugs, and a hand to hold only had so much effect. This day I found out how truly strong she is… Image by Sam Williams, National Geographic Your Shot.

12 hours into an eventual 17-hour childbirth, my girlfriend was definitely feeling the pain. I looked on helplessly as nothing compared to the moments of pain and the respite between. Gas, drugs, and a hand to hold only had so much effect. This day I found out how truly strong she is… Image by Sam Williams, National Geographic Your Shot.