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22 Photos That Capture All the Beauty, Pain, and Emotion of Giving Birth

If you’re drinking a cup of coffee while reading this, let me just warn you: you may want to put your cup down. I made the mistake of casually scrolling these birth photos while sipping on my morning mug and quickly realized how dangerous that was. These are not casual photos, my friends.

These are epic, breathtaking, and mind-blowing photos that capture the power, beauty, and mystery of birth. 

Jayden Freund with Canadian Birth Photographers, asked the best birth photographers in the industry to submit their favorite images from the year for a collection of the best photos of 2016. Each photo is unique, capturing a different and personal emotion from the birth experience.

“The collection is each photographer’s favourite image or moment from 2016,” explains Freund. It’s interesting to wonder why each photographer chose the image they did, but in many cases the pictures speak for themselves.

A Mother’s Love

Image Source: Cradled Creations Birth Photography
Image Source: Cradled Creations Birth Photography

“It was 3 am and they just arrived at the hospital,” explained Freund, who is also the photographer behind Cradled Creations Birth Photography. “She rocked her boys back to sleep while laboring to 10 centimeters and she rocked her sweet boy inside her out.”

Delivered By Dad

Image Source: Cradled Creations Photography
Image Source: Cradled Creations Birth Photography

Love in Labor

Image Source: Ashley Marston Photography
Image Source: Ashley Marston Photography

Peace on Earth

Image Source: Ashley Marston Photography
Image Source: Ashley Marston Photography

There was not a sound after she was born, her big bright eyes opened and she was taking in the world, as peaceful as can be.”

The Ultimate Gift of Surrogacy

Image Source: Cat McAteer
Image Source: Cat McAteer

I’m not crying, you’re crying. 

Last Hug

Image Source: Crowned Photography
Image Source: Crowned Photography

“Last hugs with ‘baby’ before she is the baby no longer.”

Safe and Sound

Image Source: Cradled Creations
Image Source: Cradled Creations Birth Photography

“Born at 29 weeks and snuggled right into mommy safe and sound. You are here now.”

A Comforting Kiss

Image Source: Krista Evans
Image Source: Krista Evans

“In the throes of active labour this kiss is all that she needs to calm her breath and fill her heart,” said photographer Krista Evans.

Twinning

Image Source: New Creation Photography & Birth Photography
Image Source: New Creation Birth Photography

“Newborn twins Noah and Naomi meet for the first time outside the womb and immediately hold hands.”

Awe

Image Source: Kimberlin Gray Photography
Image Source: Kimberlin Gray Photography

“Studying the tiny person that he helped to create.”

Doubt

Image Source: One Tree Photography
Image Source: One Tree Photography

Can I really do this? That moment of doubt that even veteran mamas experience right before they do it.

Life After Loss

Image Source: Ashley Marston Photography
Image Source: Ashley Marston Photography

This image captures the overwhelming gratitude of love for a family who suffered a devastating loss and was given the gift of a healthy baby girl via a surrogate angel. “This moment is all encompassing of my time with them,” said Marston.

Afterbirth

Image Source: Spiritual Birth Photography
Image Source: Spiritual Birth Photography

I feel like this looks like this mom should be getting a pedicure or something, but nope, she’s just delivering the placenta. A mom’s work is never done. 

No Greater Love

Image Source: Becky Litz Photography
Image Source: Becky Litz Photography

Photographer Becky Litz described this mama’s labor as very fast and intense. Look at all that emotion!

Always a Mother

Image Source: Heather Bays Photography
Image Source: Heather Bays Photography

Photographer Heather Bays captured this mesmerizing photo of a mother holding her daughter as she prepares to become a mother herself. I won’t go all The Lion King on you, but I’m feeling the circle of life here.

Peaceful

Image Souce: Heather Bays Photography
Image Source: Vannessa Brown Photography

Dubbing this the “perfect” outdoor birth, photographer Vanessa Brown captured the beauty of a home birth as the sun came up behind this mom and her baby born at 7:30 am. 

Thankful

Image Source: Apple Blossom Families
Image Source: Apple Blossom Families

Is there any better feeling in the world than holding your baby in your arms?

It Takes a Village

Image Source: Alecia T Photo
Image Source: Alecia T Photo

From cradle to grave, we’re all in this together.

A Father’s Love

Image Source: Erin Sheply Photography
Image Source: Erin Shepley Photography

Photographer Erin Shepley said that the emotion in the room — and the love from this father to his brand-new baby girl — was something everyone could feel.

Keepin’ It Real

Image Source: Krista Evans Photography
Image Source: Krista Evans Photography

Who could forget this iconic shot of former Bachelor star, Jillian Harris? Photographer Krista Evans said she loves how Harris “kept it real” with her birth shots; we couldn’t agree more.

Hands-on Dad

Image Source: Cradled Creations Photography
Image Source: Cradled Creations Birth Photography

We loved the story of what happened when one mom asked her birth photographer to turn the camera on her husband during their son’s birth.

Surrounded by Love

Image Source: Sunbeams and Freckles Photography
Image Source: Sunbeams and Freckles Photography

And in the end, the only thing that matters is love. So much love.

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