Previous Post Next Post

Pregnancy

Brought to you by

Another Incredible National Geographic Birth Image

By ceridwen |

Between Two Worlds

Last week I posted a breathtaking photograph that has been entered into the National Geographic Photography contest; today I saw this one, another entry, and was equally blown-away. The photo was taken by a birth doula and friend of the mother, Tara Garner, who writes, “A mother gives birth to her son. This photograph captured a momentous introduction of a mother and baby’s first exchange. The baby is suspended in time, half way inside his mother and the world; being guided out by his mother’s own hands.” The birth took place in Summertown, Tennessee.

Here’s a larger version. Incredible.

The winner of the contest will be determined by the National Geographic judges and announced December 15th. Pictures with the most votes from viewers will be featured in a viewer’s choice gallery. Check it out.

More on Babble

About ceridwen

ceridwen

ceridwen

Ceridwen Morris is a writer, mother, and certified childbirth educator. She is the author of several books and screenplays, including (Three Rivers; 2007). She serves on the board of The Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and teaches at Tribeca Parenting in New York City. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ceridwen's latest posts →

« Go back to Pregnancy

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Comments, together with personal information accompanying them, may be used on Babble.com and other Babble media platforms. Learn More.

21 thoughts on “Another Incredible National Geographic Birth Image

  1. ashley t says:

    Amazing, beautiful, and makes me smile from ear to ear!

  2. lagatalopez says:

    OMG….WOW…I am just blown away…this is fantastic…and amazing…I just can’t describe it in words…wow…just wow !! Never have I seen anything like this in all of the thousands of pictures I have seen on the internet..!

  3. Lauren M. Williams says:

    incredible! i cant wait til the day comes that i can experience this kind of Joy, again, INCREDIBLE!!!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful! Just the way I wanted to deliver my child!

  5. Janna says:

    AMAZING! His lil eyes are open. As a mother of 3 I find this truely amazing. I would vote for this one for sure!

  6. Kate says:

    What a beautiful scene! I am jealous that she gets to help her own child into the world…must’ve been an amazing experience!

  7. Siobhan says:

    Love it! Brings tears to my eyes remembering my two home births. So glad there are other children with moms that are bold enough to say no to medical intervention and let mother nature take her course! Birthing Warriors!

  8. Celia says:

    Beautiful photo. The baby is a rare “star-gazer” if he came out as pictured. So face up (back to back with Mom in the womb) rather than the usual face down with the back of the head crowning first. Star-gazer babies are often a more difficult birth – so it is lovely to see that a baby arriving that way so harmoniously.

  9. Samantha Bice says:

    Wonderful! Beautiful! We need to have pictures and stories like this available to all pregnant women, so that we can know the power and beauty of the moment of birth and not the “fear, pain, nightmare” that the media makes it out to be (and the medical system).

    Summertown, TN….I wonder if this was at “The Farm”? I live not far from there. :)

  10. Tiffany says:

    Wow.. this is such a beautiful picture! Amazing!

  11. IRMA says:

    OMG!!!!!!!! ITS THE MOST BEAUITFUL THING A WOMAN CAN DO!!!! IS GIVE BIRTH TO A LIFE THATS SHE IS BRINGING INTO THIS WORLD……..AMAZING…GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!! AND AWSOME…

  12. Mary Pily says:

    wonderful be a mom is the best magic a woman can do, a piece of your own body born and as a mom be careful and even give your own life for your daughter or son I am a mom of 3 and I love them as the first time I meet them at the hospital

  13. Tamara berry says:

    This photograph is breathtaking and so beautiful. To see a mother give birth and yet, this one she helps guide the child out, is more spectacular! Wow is all I can say, besides congratulations to the new mother and best wishes.

  14. Becca says:

    I hope I am not the only one who thinks this baby is awfully big for just then delivery. I admit this is beautiful, I just can’t get over how much older than newborn the baby looks. And how pregnant the mommy still looks. Groovy

  15. YVONNE PRIESTER says:

    WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING THE GREATEST THING I HAVE SEEN IN AWHILE,,HOW WONDERFUL FOR A MOTHER TO BRING HER OWN CHILD INTO THIS WORLD,,I BELIEVE THE LINK WILL BE SO GREAT BETWEEN THE BOTH OF THEM,,BLESS, THANKS NATIONAL GEOGRAHPIC

  16. Marlee says:

    This photo is the most touching I have ever seen. I wish I would have been brave enough to do a home birth as well. God love her, and her little boy. This is my vote!!

  17. Thomas says:

    please this is beauty amazing pregnant and my woman will be also give the birth through her bomb, just want to study how is it
    hope to hear from you soon
    thanks
    Thomas

  18. Mary says:

    I hope that baby doesn’t need any real medical care because he or she is screwed. Really, I don’t think these are beautiful pictures. All these are pictures of mothers who care more about herself than her baby. I am sorry but I don’t use the word pretty when describing pictures of child abuse.

  19. Alana Ramirez says:

    i LOVE this! this isnt child abuse…its magical :) for thousands of years women have been able to give birth without a dr…God leads us to do these things…we have all it takes to bring live into this world! The crazy thing about this photo…you look at it and somehow you can just feel the amazing power of connection between the momma and baby :) simply amazing…i have no other words to discribe it!

  20. Jami says:

    I had 2 of them , neither of which went as planned but beautiful none the less. These are equally beautiful , sorry you’ll get no extra congratulations from me you did as nature intended and millions of women did before you.

  21. Eli says:

    Sense – “You’ll Never Be Able to Give Birth Vaginally”: An insniripg VBAC story of overcoming one OB’s negative (and wrong)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.

Previous Post Next Post