Dara Crouch says it has been “a bit overwhelming.”
It has also been “cool.”
The 29-year-old Columbus woman said she never could have imagined a photograph of her reaction to the birth of her son, Liam, on April 25 would make worldwide news.
The photograph taken by Columbus photographer Neely Ker-Fox of Ker-Fox Photography first appeared on January Harshe’s Birth Without Fear website and then took off on social media.
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It has since appeared on NBC’s “The Today Show,” in national publications such as Redbook and Huffington Post and in several newspaper sites including The Daily Mirror in London.
Liam was the first boy born on the mother’s side of the family in more than 50 years.
She and her husband, Eric, have a 3-year-old daughter, Neyland.
She is a labor and delivery nurse at St. Francis Hospital and he is a much-honored teacher in the Muscogee County School District.
“It was a shock,” Crouch said. “We did not find out the gender of the child beforehand. We like surprises and this was a big one.”
Ker-Fox said she has taken photos at more than 100 births since 2011 and has never seen a genuine, “over the top” reaction such as this one.
“She was so shocked and excited,” she said. “I am thankful I was there for this moment.”
Ker-Fox said she had a few tears in her eyes as Crouch cried out, “I can’t believe it’s a boy.”