Keep your tissues handy for these birth photographs will trigger the emotions in you. While drafting this piece, I couldn't help but allow a tear roll down my cheek, being drowned in the sentiments of the moment of giving birth and the eternal beauty of the process.
From those efforts of pushing to let the baby out to bearing the labor pain to the mother looking at her baby for the first time, it is completely an overwhelming scene. Lucky are these photographers who have the opportunity and the privilege to snap the right moments through their lenses.
This is a collection of birth photographs from the past year and is as moving. They have captured the instances of ecstasy, satisfaction, relief, and pain, too. With husbands by the delivering mother's side and those small tokens of love exchanged in all these fragile moments reflect just how beautiful a blessing human life is.
Have a look at the photographs to go down an emotional trail. All the strength to you.
The ecstasy when a new mother holds her baby for the first time.
The mixed emotions of pain and happiness.
"A dads' first moments with his son."
"This baby girl came so fast, the birth team didn't have time to finish filling the tub!"
"This mother holds her newborn baby who after years of heartache was delivered by her 'angel surrogate.'"
"Sweet relief right after this mama birthed her fourth son."
"This sweet girl was so alert and eager to see the world just moments after birth!"
"First loves, kissing!"
"This mom waited 42 weeks to meet her baby and she greeted him after a redemptive VBAC."
"It takes a village to welcome a baby."
"After three hours of pushing, she crowns!"
Women are a personification of strength.
"Skin-to-skin contact after birth, a beautiful and peaceful moment after all the excitement and hard work."
"Paisley, on her way to snuggle with her mama for the first time."
"After seven years of trying to have a family, and a long journey with IVF, this couple's arms were finally full of love."
A kiss on the forehead can work magic, it has immense healing powers.
"After her baby flipped into a breech position, this mama had to come to a place of acceptance. She was nervous about how she would feel with a Cesarean birth, but when the baby arrived and was placed skin-to-skin with her, the tears and kisses were flowing!"
"The mom and dad both invited their own mothers to the birth, and this is the very moment they first became grandmas. The room erupted into happy sobs!"
Do share this piece with expecting moms to give them the strength and confidence to perform this Herculean task.