A couple of weeks ago my family and I celebrated our twin daughters’ 2nd birthday. I remember the day they were born like it was yesterday. It was a day when everything was held in the balance – my emotions were in a whirlwind because at 10am on that Saturday morning, what was looking like a fairly calm day, erupted into an extremely serious situation which threatened not only the lives of my daughters, but also my wife. She suffered a cord-prolapse which was restricting the oxygen supply to one of the twins and is one of the most serious things that can go wrong with a pregnancy. We were fortunate, in that because her waters had broken three days before, she had already been admitted to hospital. From the moment that the alarm sounded, everyone that needed to be present – appeared, from the midwives that immediately responded to the situation, to the anaesthetist that prepped her as she was raced to theatre. I was ushered along with everyone – until we reached the theatre at which point I was left outside the door to wait.
At 10:13am Jessica was born and at 10:14am Erin was born – and it’s due to the people who work at Birmingham Women’s Hospital (BWH) that my daughters and my wife are alive today. So, it was huge honour to be asked to work with the hospital to photograph some of the families that had used the different services of the hospital. The photographs were to compliment existing photographs of staff placed along one of the major corridors of the hospital – so would play a key role in bringing the human element into the hospital – to show the wide range of services that the hospital provides, used by different families. From neo-natal care, to genetics and IVF services, the hospital and the people who work there help and care for so many families it was wonderful to be part of the project.
For me, the connection to the hospital is still so strong because of the care we received there two years ago so it’s a huge privilege and honour to have my work displayed there – helping tell the stories of others who lives have been changed by the work of the woman and men who work at BWH.