In June 2018, Brooke Ellington went into labor at her home in Midland, Texas. Since it was a planned water birth, a birthing pool was set up in the family’s living room.
Brooke is a full-time mom and part-time doula who acts as a birthing companion for other pregnant women. She and her husband, Steven, also have two young sons, Boone and Boyd.
The family hired photographer Kristin Waner to capture the birth of Berkeley, the couple’s first daughter.
When Kristin arrived, she quickly realized there was one other family member whose presence would be paramount during the childbirth: a 1½-year-old corgi named Ranger.
Brooke says Ranger showed particular interest in the pregnancy from day one.
Still, when the photographer showed Brooke the finished gallery of birth photos, the beaming new mom took one look at the set and couldn’t believe her eyes.