This Woman Woke Up Panicking In The Early Hours, And Her Fiancé Knew He Had To Grab The Camera

A sudden surprise can be tough to deal with, regardless of how ready you might feel to face it. Martin Boyce can certainly relate to that, as his fiancée woke up in a panic in the early hours of the morning in February 2016. However, within a few moments, he realized that he needed to grab his camera.

A resident of Leicester, England, Martin is a part-time photographer who runs his own website called Photies. He first established the site back in July 2004, before setting up a Facebook page a few years later. Since then, the social media page has earned over 3,000 followers and close to 3,500 likes.

As the business started to grow, Martin met his future fiancée Holly Dawson, who works as a scientist for the Britain’s Ministry of Defense. Prior to their engagement, she became his “second shooter” at a number of different events. Holly had in fact spent time on the other side of the lens as well, having once been a model. In 2014, though, their lives changed forever.

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While on vacation in Kaikoura, New Zealand, Martin and Holly got engaged. Indeed, the proposal came after the pair had been swimming with dolphins. Then, the following year, Holly announced that she was pregnant with a baby girl. With that in mind, the couple started to plan out the birth, coming up with an interesting idea.

As it turns out, the pair had decided that they wanted to film the birth. Martin had even prepared by packing his gear into the car for their hospital trip. However, as they soon found out, the best-laid plans don’t always come off that smoothly. Indeed, in the early hours of February 7, 2016, Holly felt the sudden urge to wake her partner up.

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“Holly woke me up at about 3.30am on Sunday morning,” Martin recalled to the Daily Mail newspaper in February 2016. “She quite calmly said, ‘I think it’s started.’ But we thought we had ages and ages to wait. We started going through the motions – packing the car, getting ready for the hospital, phoning parents and midwives.”

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However, as they quite quickly discovered, time wasn’t on their side. “I’d got all my camera stuff ready to take to the hospital, but as I came down the stairs Holly was starting to call out in pain and panic,” Martin continued. “It was coming on much quicker than we’d imagined.”

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“Holly set [herself] up in the middle of the living room floor, and the penny started to drop that the baby was coming now,” Martin added. Thinking on his feet, he grabbed his camera and placed it on a desk, capturing Holly as she went into labor. The surprises didn’t end there, though.

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Martin’s mother, Poll,y arrived at the house to help them out, speaking to the midwives over the phone. However, despite their reassurances, the mom-to-be came to an incredible realization. “They told us the midwives were on the way, but it got to the point where Holly said, ‘I think I need to push,’” he recalled.

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“I looked down the business end and saw the baby crowning, and I realized I’d have to step up and deliver her,” Martin continued. “I’d thought my role would just be hand-holding. But something changed in my brain, and instinct just takes over.” Indeed, as captured on his camera, he quickly sprang into action.

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With Holly leaning forward, Martin moves behind her and waits for the final push, ready to greet their baby daughter. A few moments later, he delivers his little girl, much to his shock. “Oh a baby!” he shouts. “Oh my God! Oh my God!” However, the next few seconds proved somewhat worrisome.

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“For about ten seconds she didn’t make any noise,” Martin told Britain’s Daily Mail. “But we put her on Holly’s chest for some skin-to-skin contact. And then she let out a little cry, and we all let out a huge emotional sigh of relief. With no back-up you’re completely on your own, so it was amazing to hear her let out that little noise and know she was OK.”

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Baby Isabelle was delivered at 4.32am, with the midwives arriving at the house soon after. Weighing just less than eight pounds, she was taken to the hospital along with Holly as a precaution, but thankfully they were both given a clean bill of health. As for Martin, he reflected on the key role he played following the birth.

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“At the time I was terrified, but now we have a fantastic story to tell Isabelle when she grows up. And I’m proud I was able to be so involved,” Martin said. “I was actually more scared when I was just holding Holly’s hand. When I knew I had to deliver the baby I was focused and concentrating on the job in hand.”

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Meanwhile, Holly also looked back on that memorable morning, happy that Martin was able to capture the birth on camera. “I can’t remember him setting up the camera as I think I was just concentrating on my job that moment,” she told the Daily Mail.

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“I managed to watch the footage back on the same day and I was so happy he [was able] to capture such a magical moment,” Holly continued. “It also showed how brilliant Martin had been and how he really stepped up to the mark and stayed calm.”

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“We had already agreed to film the birth so I wasn’t too fussed when I spotted Martin packing his camera bag while I was packing for the hospital,” Holly added. “I’m just delighted we have it all on film. It was exciting to watch back such a special moment.”

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Following Isabelle’s birth, Martin and Holly’s lives changed significantly, with the pair eventually getting married. Not only that, but in March 2018, the former’s business took another important step. Indeed, after putting in a lot of hard work, Martin converted his garage into a new photography studio for Photies.

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As for that incredible footage, the proud parents revealed that they might screen it for their daughter one day. “We had always wanted to film the birth,” Martin told the Daily Mail. “It’ll be a great story to tell Isabelle when she’s older and be able to show it to her.”

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The final few days of a pregnancy can be an incredibly anxious period for the parents-to-be. However, for Martin Boyce, his role as the supportive partner took a dramatic shift when his fiancée went into labor in their living room. Ultimately, though, it made the birth of their daughter even more memorable.

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