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Photographer Takes Portraits Of Babies Seconds After Birth
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Photographer Takes Portraits Of Babies Seconds After Birth

These photos of newborn infants by photographer Christian Berthelot taken mere seconds after their C-section deliveries may be difficult for some of our readers to look at, but that’s the point. His “Cesar” photo series shows us a raw and unflinching image of childbirth, discarding the usual blankets and ribbons for the blood and vernix that accompanied all of us when we were born.

When I saw [my son] for the first time, he was bloodied and covered in this white substance called vernix,” Berthelot told Huffpost “He was like a warrior who has just won his first battle, like an angel out of darkness.” It is from this perspective that his photos, while difficult to look at, gain a deeper and more beautiful meaning.

Fore more details about this gripping photo series, read on between the images. His series will be on display at the Circulation(s) festival in Paris until March 5th.

More info: christianberthelot.com | festival-circulations.com (h/t: huffpost, slate)

Leanne – 13 seconds after birth

Christian Berthelot’s interest in childbirth photography grew after he witnessed the birth of his own son.

Liza – 3 seconds after birth

With the help of Jean-Francois Morievnal, a doctor at the hospital where his son was born, he began the training required to allow him to take photos in the operating room.

Steven – 15 seconds after birth

Only after 6 months of training did he start looking for expectant mothers who would allow him to photograph the birth of their children.

Kevin – 13 seconds after birth

To date, Berthelot and Morievnal have photographer 40 C-section deliveries

Mael – 18 seconds after birth

Louann – 14 seconds after birth

Lize – 9 seconds after birth

Margaux – 7 seconds after birth

Chloé – 11 seconds after birth

Romane – 8 seconds after birth

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LynneTessier
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, amazing, breathtaking, incredible

KristinaReznikova
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wander what future they have ahead... And how the the photographer placed the light setup(as a photographer I wonder :D)

SophieShaw
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm guessing he had an off camera flash set up, allowing him to use a fast enough shutter to darken the rest of the room/illuminate baby.

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InaMacLeod
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

glorious life in all its messy grandeur! <3 Love this.

CrackrJax
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very cool!! It's interesting how some of them are somewhat calm, while others are freaking the hell out. Future characteristics! :)

EdwinWiekens
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

amazing!!! I would also like to share my short pregnancy video morph: http://photed.com/wordpress/kedde/

LaurieKnight
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I enjoyed your video morph. Your wife and child are beautiful! Congratulations!

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KellyBarker
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is what it should look like a mess and bloody not all clean like they do for TV or a movie.

DavidL.
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, when they're born the usual way, it's a lot less bloody

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LeahGibbon
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Newborn babies are simultaneously the cutest and the grossest things ever. Beauty.

Bobcatthing
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

:O no offence, but they kinda look like aliens. so i looked like an alien. o_o

KarungiDaphne
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They look so cute. Reminded me of mine when I had just given birth to her.

CandiceLozano
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The darkness gives the photos a grim twist...

MartinW
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hey, take a pic of the afterbirth its a fighter too [eye roll]

MimiGreenberg
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The miracle of birth is neither cute nor cuddly.

AilswithBarrueto
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love them!!! Stunning images of life!

carolinemerald
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Outstanding -- amazing how the individual character of each newborn is unique - beautifully captured When older they'll value these pics

ElizabethAnne
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Holy crow :> it's completely graphic, but at the same time it illustrates the beauty of life and a new born babies first moments in our worl

KarungiDaphne
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

FYI the person below who commented as me is my workmate Jackie, i have no kids yet...

Kieleenterprise
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

come check this out https://www.boredpanda.com/here-are-35-of-the-most-satisfying-things-that-have-ever-happened-but-i-cant-explain-why/

StephanieMendoza
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was surprised to see how bloody they were. I have two boys both c-sections and they were nice and clean when they came out. I remember the doctors commenting on it but i made nothing of it. It was strange seeing how bloody they usually come out but beautiful non the less.

LeenMassy
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautifull, especially because of the black background -http://diep-rood-leen.blogspot.be/2013/07/twee-meisjes.html

JeremyClayton
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gutsy ( pardon the pun ) , but the colours of life !

DeannaCrabtree
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

BEAUTIFUL.....NOTHING LIKE THE MIRACLE OF BIRTH....THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE JOY OF LIFE...

CarolSlover
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought they were beautiful!!

JoyGarrett-Sonney
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So beautiful. What a miricle birth is.

GabriellaLengyel
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes,looking at the photographis gives me a breathtaking feeling

Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow....so beautiful! Incredible images. I remember my babies with "stuff" all over them still from being born and it was so amazing. ♡♡♡

VeronikaVidlakova
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i really prefer a home birth even though i don't have a picture of my baby born seconds after his birth because there was no one to take it

VeronikaVidlakova
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oh it looks like from some other planet! So much plastic, so many strangers with masks on their faces, the scissors.. brrr..

KornelijaToth
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't du this! It isn't to Facebook or something like this! It is horrible to you baby

ColleenOneill-Schleich
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like this project a lot. I would love to see a series of water birth babies/home births as well. I think that would be truly beautiful.

KathyIrwin
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So completely lovely. Thank you!

MartinW
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"my baby is a warrior" blah blah blah, GMAFB Unless he grows up to be a serial killer Nothing impressive about the pics, afterbirth next?

NatashaZhukova
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looking at these photos made me realize that birth looks as ugly, painful, bloody and messy as death. That's what I feel looking at them.

ChilliGal
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful pictures. Birth is an amazing procedure and, for a photographer to be allowed to be present, is a rare privilege.

FeliciaMaisey
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is something very beautiful about birth, but I really do not like the photos; such trauma in a newly birthed child's face is sad.

MarceloLaguna
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

fotografia en clabe baja..las mejores

amsel
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

maybe it's because i really really don't like baby's but to me they look like bleeding half death horror creatures :C

Stephen.E.Sims
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was there for all my three childrens births..Amazing and Emotional

LeannBennett
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aww, they all look like cute little zombie babies! (: Is this bad that I think that? Well, I don't care.

JairoSánchez
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful pictures. A birth is a miracle of life.

RosemaryTurpin
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, some people appear to be so fond of blood and violence and Zombies as entertainment - these photos should suit them to a "T"!

Cookie101
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Brings back great memories.

CindyScott
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have never had a baby, never will,, these are so beautiful!! Thank you!!

Ant1
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My both children were born without any blood... experiences are all different.

IreneRussak
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is wonderful but horrific at the same time. Looks like stills from a horror movie O_O

SusannaVesna
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish the photographer used some warmer filters, the babies look scary pale. These photos have NOT encouraged me to give birth...

ExpertaNovata
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Está muy bien reflejada la horrorosa experiencia que sufre el niño. This perfectly reflects the horrific experience the baby suffers.

GailFewson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love it. Saw a c section in India, it was amazing.

Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dude where was this person when my kids were born I'd have LOVED pics like this

MargaritaRamónIrrazábal
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

surreal! and that is people a few seconds of a new life welcome to mother earth :)

AliceKonash
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The zombie baby in Dawn of the Dead is coming to mind.

TheodoreElperro
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do like how c-section babies don't have their heads all smushed in. :) Mine was evidently biscuit-shaped when I came out.

TheodoreElperro
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't think the light was like that in the room; I think it was done in processing (i.e. Photoshop). I love it.

Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It makes me wonder the ratio of how many of us enter the world bloody to how many of us also leave the world bloody...

AmyJones
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I find it odd how people can be aloud to take photos of people's newborns its like "oh wow i just went through pain to wait" i mean its a be

SpazztazleahDukes
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that's beautiful and just awww lol I took pictures of my niece seconds after she came into the world

NataliaDawidowicz
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The light, the settings... I'm thinking of Carravagio paintings. Love it.

victoriaranne
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When my boys were born by caesarian I was still under anaesthetic and missed the moments like these.I could however possibly died otherwise

JohnThompson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have wanted to do this for a while, this has only served to inspire me. Nice work

Katiejreed
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think maybe I'll never have kids after seeing this haha... yikes

EwaAgami
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's what I thought after being present at several births... But when it's your own it's different. You don't care about the blood at all!

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RosannaAlvaro-Goncalves
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All newborn babies look the same. I wish I have done this with my 2 children. Beautiful and Genius!

RebeccaRoushBellefeuille
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely beautiful! The miracle of birth has always amazed me

amyamy
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

omg that looks horrific. I always thought that c section babies would look more normal...but they are so bloody and all this white stuff!

MonikaŚwięcka
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is sick ..... At birth, there is nothing beautiful

RosemaryTurpin
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I appreciate that they were all cleaned up and blankets and bows added within minutes, but I fail to see any beauty in these!

SuzanneZu
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this describes how stressful is the birth for the child. No smile, no positive energy. Thats why I want to bring the baby to water in nature

SophieShaw
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The stress of the child is due to the pain of inhaling o2 through it's lungs for the first time; crying at birth = adjusting to breathing.

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LynneTessier
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, amazing, breathtaking, incredible

KristinaReznikova
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wander what future they have ahead... And how the the photographer placed the light setup(as a photographer I wonder :D)

SophieShaw
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm guessing he had an off camera flash set up, allowing him to use a fast enough shutter to darken the rest of the room/illuminate baby.

Load More Replies...
InaMacLeod
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

glorious life in all its messy grandeur! <3 Love this.

CrackrJax
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very cool!! It's interesting how some of them are somewhat calm, while others are freaking the hell out. Future characteristics! :)

EdwinWiekens
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

amazing!!! I would also like to share my short pregnancy video morph: http://photed.com/wordpress/kedde/

LaurieKnight
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I enjoyed your video morph. Your wife and child are beautiful! Congratulations!

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KellyBarker
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is what it should look like a mess and bloody not all clean like they do for TV or a movie.

DavidL.
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, when they're born the usual way, it's a lot less bloody

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LeahGibbon
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Newborn babies are simultaneously the cutest and the grossest things ever. Beauty.

Bobcatthing
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

:O no offence, but they kinda look like aliens. so i looked like an alien. o_o

KarungiDaphne
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They look so cute. Reminded me of mine when I had just given birth to her.

CandiceLozano
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The darkness gives the photos a grim twist...

MartinW
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hey, take a pic of the afterbirth its a fighter too [eye roll]

MimiGreenberg
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The miracle of birth is neither cute nor cuddly.

AilswithBarrueto
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love them!!! Stunning images of life!

carolinemerald
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Outstanding -- amazing how the individual character of each newborn is unique - beautifully captured When older they'll value these pics

ElizabethAnne
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Holy crow :> it's completely graphic, but at the same time it illustrates the beauty of life and a new born babies first moments in our worl

KarungiDaphne
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

FYI the person below who commented as me is my workmate Jackie, i have no kids yet...

Kieleenterprise
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

come check this out https://www.boredpanda.com/here-are-35-of-the-most-satisfying-things-that-have-ever-happened-but-i-cant-explain-why/

StephanieMendoza
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was surprised to see how bloody they were. I have two boys both c-sections and they were nice and clean when they came out. I remember the doctors commenting on it but i made nothing of it. It was strange seeing how bloody they usually come out but beautiful non the less.

LeenMassy
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautifull, especially because of the black background -http://diep-rood-leen.blogspot.be/2013/07/twee-meisjes.html

JeremyClayton
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gutsy ( pardon the pun ) , but the colours of life !

DeannaCrabtree
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

BEAUTIFUL.....NOTHING LIKE THE MIRACLE OF BIRTH....THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE JOY OF LIFE...

CarolSlover
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought they were beautiful!!

JoyGarrett-Sonney
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So beautiful. What a miricle birth is.

GabriellaLengyel
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes,looking at the photographis gives me a breathtaking feeling

Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow....so beautiful! Incredible images. I remember my babies with "stuff" all over them still from being born and it was so amazing. ♡♡♡

VeronikaVidlakova
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i really prefer a home birth even though i don't have a picture of my baby born seconds after his birth because there was no one to take it

VeronikaVidlakova
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oh it looks like from some other planet! So much plastic, so many strangers with masks on their faces, the scissors.. brrr..

KornelijaToth
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't du this! It isn't to Facebook or something like this! It is horrible to you baby

ColleenOneill-Schleich
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like this project a lot. I would love to see a series of water birth babies/home births as well. I think that would be truly beautiful.

KathyIrwin
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So completely lovely. Thank you!

MartinW
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"my baby is a warrior" blah blah blah, GMAFB Unless he grows up to be a serial killer Nothing impressive about the pics, afterbirth next?

NatashaZhukova
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looking at these photos made me realize that birth looks as ugly, painful, bloody and messy as death. That's what I feel looking at them.

ChilliGal
Community Member