WAVE Country photographer's birthing photo goes viral

Published: Sep. 15, 2017 at 5:46 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2017 at 1:04 PM EDT
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Cynthia Rose, CNM at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, checking out a fresh new squish!...
Cynthia Rose, CNM at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, checking out a fresh new squish! (Source: Katie Lacer)
Certified Nurse Midwife providing comfort during an unexpected cesarean. (Source: Katie Lacer)
Certified Nurse Midwife providing comfort during an unexpected cesarean. (Source: Katie Lacer)

SIMPSONVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Simpsonville photographer has gained national attention after her photo went viral.

Jill Krause, a writer and mom of four, saw a photo taken by Katie Lacer, a Simpsonville photographer, and shared her gratitude for nurses who helped her through the births of her children.

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The post got shared over 58 thousand times and featured on Buzzfeed. In it, Krause said "For me, these have been moments of empowerment and confirmation that I have a real village to help me ... This photo by my friend MommaKT Shoots just takes me right back. "

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Lacer told WAVE 3 News that the attention is "wonderfully overwhelming."

In her own post on her MommaKT Shoots Facebook Page about the Buzzfeed story, Lacer shared her gratitude. " Jill Williams Krause over at Baby Rabies - thank you for getting this wild ball rolling!! A big shout out to the awesome clients, nurses and nurse midwives that allowed me to share their images, too. You are all amazing!"

Katheryn Hawkins, one of Lacer's clients, said having a professional like Lacer at her birth means that her husband and birth team can focus on supporting her and not worry about capturing every moment.

"I did not want my husband's view of his daughter entering this world to be behind a camera," Hawkins said.

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Hawkins also explained that she believes that sharing images of the birthing process is important.

"It seems that in today's world, all we see in movies and entertainment regarding childbirth depicts it as scary and painful. Though it certainly can be both of those things, it can also be incredibly emotional, beautiful and empowering," Hawkins said. " To me, there is never so much love present in our lives than when we bring a new life into this world, and I personally plan to capture every minute of that so that I can always remember those amazing moments."

To see more of Lacer's photos, click here.

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