Zoe Marshall and her footy star husband Benji share intimate images from her labour - one week after welcoming their daughter Ever - Article By Nicole Douglas from the Daily Mail Australia.
Zoe Marshall and her NRL star husband Benji announced they had welcomed their second child, a daughter named Ever J Marshall, on Thursday.
And a week after the birth on June 15, the parents shared a gallery of intimate photos documenting Zoe's labour up until the moment their little girl arrived.
Alongside stunning black-and-white images by Tash Whitty Photography, Zoe, 36, described Ever's birth as 'the day that broke me and rebuilt me over and over'.
Another showed Zoe taking in a deep breath while rubbing her belly, while a third showed her holding her partner's hand tightly as she waited through the pain.
The raw photos also captured Zoe bursting into tears as she lay on her hospital bed, before finally welcoming the little tot and holding her for the first time.
Patience: One photo showed Zoe rubbing her belly as she breathed through the pain
Alongside the images, Zoe gushed about her husband who remained by her side for the duration of her labour.
'I love you more today than ever before. I can’t imagine life before Ever. That birth was wild and I couldn’t have done it without you being there every step of the way,' she said.
'From meeting the anesthetist at 8am for an epidural to calling in Danae (incredible doula) to try and roll "natural no drugs" - it’s a story for another time, but it wouldn’t have happened without you.'
All smiles: Zoe was seen smiling while chatting to her husband and holding a take-away drink and a TENS machine, a natural form of labour pain relief
Miracle: Tash described the events as 'the day that broke me and rebuilt me over and over'
'I love you more today than ever before. I can’t imagine life before Ever. That birth was wild and I couldn’t have done it without you being there every step of the way,' Zoe said of Benji
Welcome: Zoe then shared an image of herself holding her newborn daughter for the first time
She also referenced the crowning of her baby's head during labour, which is often referred to as the 'ring of fire'.
'Side note - someone needs to tell women it’s not just a ring of fire, at the end WTF!' she candidly added. 'We really need to talk about that.'
She thanked her birthing team and photographer Tash Whitty, before saying it was 'the day that broke me and rebuilt me over and over, and I will be forever grateful'.
Zoe announced the birth of their daughter on Thursday, saying the parents were 'deeply in love' with the new arrival.
Baby joy! Zoe announced the birth of their daughter on Thursday, saying the parents were 'deeply in love' with the new arrival
'No words. Just her. Ever J Marshall born 15:15pm (3.15pm) on the 15th June. Truly, Madly, deeply in love,' Zoe wrote.
The touching photos showed the family crowded around the hospital bed alongside their son Benjamin Fox Marshall, three.
Zoe was seen overjoyed as she cradled the newborn in her arms as Benji stood lovingly beside her looking at Ever.
Touching: Zoe shared a slew of stunning black and white pictures of her with the newborn along with the couple's three-year-old son, Benjamin Fox
Benji also shared the happy news on his Instagram account as he called Ever 'daddy's girl' while welcoming her to the world.
'Welcome to the world baby girl. Mum, Fox and I love you and can't wait to give you the world,' he began.
'I am already wrapped around your little finger. You are my everything.'
He went on to call Zoe 'amazing' and 'the greatest' following the birth.
'The way in which she brought you into this world without any self worry and sooooo unselfishly giving is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.'
He continued: 'She was a Queen in childbirth. Your big brother Fox already loves you so much and is ready to look after you forever. You complete us baby.'