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
“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
Love in Labor
Peace on Earth
“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
I’m not crying, you’re crying.
“Last hugs with ‘baby’ before she is the baby no longer.”
Safe and Sound
“Born at 29 weeks and snuggled right into mommy safe and sound. You are here now.”
A Comforting Kiss
“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.
“Newborn twins Noah and Naomi meet for the first time outside the womb and immediately hold hands.”
“Studying the tiny person that he helped to create.”
Can I really do this? That moment of doubt that even veteran mamas experience right before they do it.
Life After Loss
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.
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
Photographer Becky Litz described this mama’s labor as very fast and intense. Look at all that emotion!
Always a Mother
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.
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.
Is there any better feeling in the world than holding your baby in your arms?
It Takes a Village
From cradle to grave, we’re all in this together.
A Father’s Love
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
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.
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
And in the end, the only thing that matters is love. So much love.