I adore birth photography and the amazing images they capture. I love all of the special moments I have from my kids birth I would never have had if someone hadn’t snapped a picture.
There’s no feeling that compares to the moment you become a mama, but one that feels just as sweet is seeing your partner with your baby for the first time. Regardless of how your baby came into this world or how this tiny human was created, there’s just something about seeing the person you love the most with your child.
A group of wildly talented birth photographers have shared with us some of their own favorite photos showing that unforgettable first meeting between a mother and her child, and the powerful stories that led them to that moment.
“This mom had an incredibly long labor with her first at a hospital. She decided to have a home birth with her second and it was an entirely different experience. Her labor was quick and intense… the midwife barely made it through the door before her second daughter was born. This moment captures the joy of birth for me.” (Photo by Monet Nicole)
This was mother’s first time seeing her sweet son. At 33 weeks she was admitted to the hospital for a rare and often hard to detect condition called HELLP Syndrome. Two days later her son was born, thriving, but needing a little extra help. I was allowed to go back with her to see and touch him for the first time.” (Photo by Ker-Fox Photography)
“Mom and dad tried for many, many years for this little girl… It was so emotional and beautiful to witness, the little girl is the best thing of their life.” (Photo by Milk and Hannah Photo)
“Not only was I the photographer for this Christmas Day home, water-birth but the mama is my older sister. Watching her trust and give in to her body and fearlessly deliver my niece was a moment I will cherish forever” (Photo by Laura Fifield Photography)
“Karissa and Cory tried years for this special baby boy and having him in her arms where she could see and feel him brought strong feelings bubbling to the surface. Having the moment captured was priceless for this family, it’s one Karissa says she still gets misty eyed over every time she sees it.” (Photo by Serendipity Photography)
“Mom is a labor and delivery nurse herself, being cared for by the very people she works day in and day out. The look on the midwife’s face shows the love she has for Sara Beth. She achieved a natural, and fully unmedicated delivery. Sara Beth progressed quickly towards the end, and with barely a push her daughter came out reaching for her mom! This was baby number 3 for this family, and goes to show the love and anticipation of the moment they are born doesn’t diminish one bit with each birth.” (Photo by Ker-Fox Photography)