Not all women would be game for a video shoot while they are experiencing labor pains, but new mom Lyra Burch allowed husband Jesse Beecher to capture the last segment of his short film "Nine Months" only hours before their daughter, Elsa, was born—and after they had already checked in at a birthing center.
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"If you look closely, you can see the IV in her arm," Beecher told Yahoo Shine. "We had to stop a few times so she could breathe through a contraction."
The video—which is subtitled, "A walk through seven states, three seasons, and one pregnancy"—was intended to be used as a birth announcement for friends and family. Burch and Beecher began filming even before breaking the news that they were expecting a baby. "I'd seen similar concepts done with stills, but I'm a documentary filmmaker, so I wanted to use moving images," Beecher said.
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Beecher tells the story of Burch's pregnancy against a backdrop of the changing seasons. She starts out in boots and ends in flip-flops. The footage shows her walking past many locations in the seven states she visited (California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts) over a period of nine months. All the while, her belly is growing underneath what looks like the same red T-shirt. In fact, it's three T-shirts. "That's actually the way Lyra told me we were pregnant," he said. "She came back from the Gap with three women's shirts all the same color in very different sizes."
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