Call it the Pride baby. In the middle of the festival, BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson were captured having their first skin-to-skin contact with their son, Milo. The two Toronto teachers welcomed their newborn in an intimate shoot by photographer Lindsay Foster that has gone viral, with more than 40,000 likes on Facebook.
According to an article in the Toronto Star, Foster is friends with the gay couple's surrogate, and photographed the birth free of charge.
“They’re easy to fall in love with,” said Foster of the fathers, who were encouraged by the midwife to remove their shirts and provide 'kangaroo cuddles'—meant to soothe and slow the heart rate of the newborn.
The incredible photo captures the raw emotion of birth and the universal feeling of becoming a parent, a kind of love that transcends "shapes and sizes and sexual orientations and races.”
Feedback from the photos has been overwhelmingly positive and accepting.
"I’m just glad I got the picture in focus,” admitted Foster, who cried throughout the experience.
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