The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has announced the winners of their 2017 contest, and the photos they chose show the struggles mothers go through to bring new life into the world, and the sheer joy that follows.

We took your breath away with last year's contest, and these new photos will leave you even more amazed. Each one tells a story of pain, perseverance, and finally, relief. They document a baby's first moments of life, and a family's first moments of unity.

Many of the photos below are intense and graphic, so reader discretion is advised. They are all, however, powerful in their own unique ways.

More info: IAPBB

#1

I've Been Waiting For You

I've Been Waiting For You

Vanessa Mendez Birth Photography Report

Birchy Cat
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4 years ago

The emotion

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#2

Best In Category: Birth Details, Pieces Of Me

Best In Category: Birth Details, Pieces Of Me

Kourtnie Scholz Report

Kayleigh White
Community Member
4 years ago

This is amazing. But the placenta is grossing me out a bit. Never seen one look like that before

Chrissy Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

Why should it 'gross you out'? It's absolutely amazing to see the placenta, baby's 'home' for the past 9 months. This is reality. This is nature. This is beautiful and normal and good. I thought seeing the placenta was one of the BEST parts of the photo! I asked to see my placenta after my first birth but they whisked it away from me while I was still exhausted and drugged from my vaginal birth which was a horrific and traumatizing experience (forced to wear internal monitor, forced to labor on back, one very nasty labor nurse chiding me when I asked to labor on my hands and knees, doctor who let me tear but then did an episiotomy when I the pain relief was wearing off rapidly and I could FEEL him cutting and sewing me. He refused to listen or administer more pain relief.

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Phuk Yu
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4 years ago

The caption makes it elevate to a different level when you notice the tattoo of a puzzle piece!! Love this one.

Karen Byrd
Community Member
4 years ago

While I think the pictures of women bringing life to Earth are empowering I can't help but noticed that all the women featured in here were of White people. It would have been nice to see colored women too, for they also bring life to Earth.

Crystal Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

Why does it have to be about color? I'm sure they didn't say "let's not put colored people in here"

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Anique Whitehurst
Community Member
4 years ago

What a blessing to have a latch that soon

Arty
Community Member
4 years ago

Is this still the placenta? :o

Týna Ef
Community Member
4 years ago

wanted to ask too...I didn't know its this big O.O

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Eboni Johnson
Community Member
4 years ago

Gross and beautiful! My favorite detail is the baby starring at mommy. Again, beautiful!

Lilium Martagon
Community Member
4 years ago

Is this rotting placenta? Disgusting.

Shana Snow
Community Member
3 years ago

Not it's not rotting, it's normal color!

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Monique Cummings
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm sorry but that's so gross

Jeanette Torello
Community Member
4 years ago

Powerful!

Jo'an Tanaka
Community Member
4 years ago

My son did exactly this to me too we first met. It was surreal that it felt like he already knew me, which shouldn't be a surprise since I carried him for months. Being a mom is really a wonderful gift.

Sehrish Ahmed
Community Member
4 years ago

What is that moment remarkable

Immaculate Teodoro
Community Member
4 years ago

Yessss!!! This is everything!

Kris Renz
Community Member
3 years ago

To much

Cyndee Stark
Community Member
4 years ago

So serene...beautiful summation of birthing a child. Whomever put this concept together is brilliant!

Linda Teese
Community Member
4 years ago

So beautifully crafted

Julia Hosack
Community Member
4 years ago

Love!

Laura Keddie
Community Member
4 years ago

Fantastic picture this. So much detail captured in one image, just beautiful!

Pilar Covington
Community Member
4 years ago

Whats the thing near her vagina?

Pilar Covington
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh its a placenta

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Sehrish Ahmed
Community Member
4 years ago

Excellent

Heather Lynn Columb
Community Member
4 years ago

This is crazy powerful. Uncensored, unfiltered truth behind the bonds of motherhood.

Sophia Conover
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow.Thats pretty awesome!!

Naim Ishtiak Ahmed Parosh
Community Member
3 years ago

Baddass

Jana Salesman-Timchak
Community Member
3 years ago

This is a great image! Best outta the bunch, in my opinion.

Leela Kasthuri
Community Member
3 years ago

Please remove this photo from my facebook

Brenda Chapman
Community Member
3 years ago

Sorry, I do not find like this photo. I am an RN. In my professinal opinion, it was unnecessary to include BOTH the umbilical cord AND the placenta.

Amme Hodgson
Community Member
3 years ago

I can't believe she is covering her other nipple, considering what else in being depicted in this shot. No-one should be worried about a nipple, FFS.

Sol Moon
Community Member
3 years ago

Yikes!@!

Clarissa Schreeder
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the ink too!

Tânia Soares
Community Member
3 years ago

Why is she covering her niple though? Otherwise breathtakingly beautiful in it's raw truth!

Jodie Myles
Community Member
3 years ago

I remember that gaze as they feed,like a locked-on milk seeking missile

Vero Garcia
Community Member
3 years ago

que asco ...y se tapa una teta como si fuera obsceso

Elly Lugo
Community Member
3 years ago

LOVELY!!!! each and every single detail.. even de tatoos.. priceless...

Jackie McGregory
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful

Sarah Elizabeth
Community Member
4 years ago

I love this so much ❤

Sandy Bates Langan
Community Member
4 years ago

Baby looks very large for movements born.. wondering if this is staged. Mine was 9 lbs and streched from inner elbow to palm moments after birth

Shana Snow
Community Member
3 years ago

I kinda don't think the mother would be ok with having someone else's placenta placed there, as would have to be the case if it was "staged". Weight has little do do with length...

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Tierra James
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4 years ago

This photo is beautiful and empowering!!

Brigit Feiffer Bradford
Community Member
4 years ago

Utterly awesome and beautifully composed.

Rashmi Rajeev
Community Member
4 years ago

wowwwwwwwwwwwww

Diane Somers
Community Member
4 years ago

Brilliant, powerful, natural. This truly is the moment of life, connection and welcome to the world!

Adriana Loya
Community Member
4 years ago

Omg I just realized that is her placenta! I was thinking: cool, a seashell. Maybe they're from the islands or something. Nah. This is powerful. Life.

Marie Wiley
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazingggggggggggggggggg!!! Bravo Momma...BAM! :)

Marie Wiley
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazingggggggggggggg!!! Bravo Momma...BAM! :)

Magda Harker
Community Member
4 years ago

Minus fürs Brustverdecken

Diane Peters
Community Member
4 years ago

I love how the baby is looking up at her.

Sondre Strøm Linde
Community Member
4 years ago

Thank GOD the nipple is covered! Don't want to know those exist!

jevais
Community Member
4 years ago

Awful.

Charles Laster
Community Member
4 years ago

Awesome photo!

Charles Laster
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing photography

Hula Roots
Community Member
4 years ago

So Beautiful.... 😌🔻🌀🕉

Amanda Mason
Community Member
4 years ago

Ann McGough look at this.

Julie Arpiainen
Community Member
4 years ago

Stunning and powerful

Valerie Macom
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow...no more words can express!

April W
Community Member
4 years ago

I bet if she was showing her nipple this would have been labeled "mature content"

Leslie Greene
Community Member
4 years ago

I LOVE this. This is AMAZING!!!! It's true, I've never seen a placenta or even the umbilical. So beautifully done...especially the baby looking at his mom.

Christine Robbins
Community Member
4 years ago

I love the way baby is looking up at mama

Chrissy Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing, beautiful. I have never seen the placenta ever photographed in a birth photo. Very beautiful to see newborn babe, right red, with the blue placenta. This is a powerful photograph that should be shared everywhere!

Lynn Horn
Community Member
4 years ago

Just beautiful.

Huy Nguyen
Community Member
4 years ago

wtffff! so dope hahah

Holly Noel
Community Member
4 years ago

Love this

Mahmuda Shelly
Community Member
4 years ago

অসাধারণ,,,, মা আর সন্তান নাড়ি ছেড়া ধন। wonderful pictures mom & kids ✌💜💋🎓

Marielle Rutherford
Community Member
4 years ago

Love, love, love! ❤️

Ellen Schmidt
Community Member
4 years ago

So awesome!

Beth Corbin
Community Member
4 years ago

I LOVE this one! It's got everything, right there. And the expression on the baby's face is priceless.

Atashi ClarkLuix
Community Member
4 years ago

This is an awesome photo. 😍😍😍😍😍 I loves it so much. 😍😍😍😍😍😍

Rose Fernandes
Community Member
4 years ago

Love this

Leda Zibetti Viera
Community Member
4 years ago

Absolutamente divino.

Tina Tremain
Community Member
4 years ago

Of all of them, this is my favorite

April Hall
Community Member
4 years ago

Nature

Holly Ordower-Mackey
Community Member
4 years ago

What face?

Holly Ordower-Mackey
Community Member
4 years ago

How can you see the Mom's face?

Lainie Vargas
Community Member
4 years ago

Most beautiful pic I've ever seen, my twins were stillborn but I have the best pic's of holding them in my arms and this pic gave me that feeling again thank you for these

Audra Granath
Community Member
4 years ago

So sorry for your loss hun

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Caroline Cristina
Community Member
4 years ago

Great photo! It's life!

Belinda Murphy
Community Member
4 years ago

I LOVE this 1! Here's 2 badass moms! ❤

Christy Pidgeon
Community Member
4 years ago

JUST don't get why the HUGs tag is already on & the cord isn't even clamped!

Nicola Louise
Community Member
4 years ago

Artistic with its own beauty :)

Yael Lotan
Community Member
4 years ago

Wish I had the chance to go through this once again but in the same way it's on this beautiful picture. Had 4 totally different. Amazing yeeees

Rita Hellberg
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful ❤

Holly Reiher
Community Member
4 years ago

I think if you're showing the placenta you can also show that nipple lmao. Very powerful photo!

Mandy Kehres
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing captures. I was a bit saddened to see mostly vaginal deliveries. Csection moms are just as beautiful :(

Kourtnie Elizabeth
Community Member
4 years ago

Mandy I just won silver in an image competition with this image. I do believe you will see more section images as hospitals start to trust birth photographers more. However this competition does have some VERY powerful c-section images. You can follow me on instagram.com/modernstorytog or check out my website for more information as we educate and share all the amazing birth stories. KEDocumentary.com DFW-Birth-...d804bd.jpg DFW-Birth-Photography-3-of-10OffCall-58b19f0d804bd.jpg

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Michele Ray
Community Member
4 years ago

Lotus Birth FTW!!!

Ashley Boros
Community Member
4 years ago

So beautiful

Måriøn Iđkerdø
Community Member
4 years ago

😍

Sydney Cox
Community Member
4 years ago

The placenta is an Amazing organ !

David Vavilovas
Community Member
4 years ago

What the hell is that black thing!?

Stephanie Walker
Community Member
4 years ago

That would be the placenta.

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Rashmi Rajeev
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4 years ago

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Rashmi Rajeev
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4 years ago

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Natalia Kostruba
Community Member
4 years ago

WTF?

Too Lazy To Care 🐼
Community Member
4 years ago

Umm...what's wrong?

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4 years ago

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Paty Rutenberg
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4 years ago

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I find it disconnected, sad. Baby is looking for love and connection, Mom looks stiff. I would have loved to have seen her body curled into the baby, surrounding it. Her other arm around it rather than covering her breast.

Anita Muczyń
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4 years ago

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Disgusting, this is not type of things anyone should show on photos

Driven B4U
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4 years ago

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What a gross tattoo

Sara Lowe
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4 years ago

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That's so staged, why would a photographer make such a natural thing as birth quite revolting by the deliberate placement of the placenta over the pubic area, I'm certain it didn't get there by it's self in a natural way.

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#3

Best In Category: Postpartum, Straight From Heaven

Best In Category: Postpartum, Straight From Heaven

Natasha Hance – Birth Unscripted Report

Maria Lazaridou
Community Member
4 years ago

So serene..

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#4

That First Gaze

That First Gaze

Peanuts and Parents Report

mother
Community Member
4 years ago

Newborn has an eyes of an older soul...

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#5

Skin To Skin Today. Heart To Heart Always

Skin To Skin Today. Heart To Heart Always

Catherine Brown Birth & Lifestyle Photography Report

Totally Magical Unicorn
Community Member
4 years ago

Jesus. What's our society coming to?! That kid's WAY too young to be a parent.

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#6

Falling In Love All Over Again

Falling In Love All Over Again

KEDocumentary Report

Kristen Hdz
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4 years ago

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Uh, that baby's blue

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#7

Are You My Mama?

Are You My Mama?

Jennifer Mason Photography Report

Sheriann Luckie
Community Member
4 years ago

Great neck control at just a few minutes old. The neck control comes weeks after birth. Strong baby.

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#8

Best In Category: Delivery, With A Splash

Best In Category: Delivery, With A Splash

Elizabeth Farnsworth Photography Report

Totally Magical Unicorn
Community Member
4 years ago

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the Slip n' Slide!

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#9

Freshly Squeezed

Freshly Squeezed

Apple Blossom Families Report

Totally Magical Unicorn
Community Member
4 years ago

AHHH!!! Oh well...I didn't feel like sleeping anyway.

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#10

First Place Winner. Road To Deliverance

First Place Winner. Road To Deliverance

Jaydene Freund – Cradled Creations Report

Candace Wiggins
Community Member
4 years ago

I hope they made it to the hospital.

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#11

Honorable Mentions. Catching Her Baby, Born Via Surrogacy

Honorable Mentions. Catching Her Baby, Born Via Surrogacy

Leilani Rogers, Photographer Report

Caterina Fontana
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4 years ago

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So terribly sad

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#12

Absorb

Absorb

Bailey Nicole Photography Report

Janice Takashima
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm surprised there are no comments here. I had the strongest emotional reaction to this photo. The image of encircling and comforting arms and hands around the new life with the potential for the same encircling and comfort. This photo tells a great story.

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#13

The End: A New Beginning

The End: A New Beginning

Caryn Scanlan Photography Report

Nancy Arnold
Community Member
4 years ago

Tears of joy x

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#14

The First Look

The First Look

Amber Denae Photography Report

Totally Magical Unicorn
Community Member
4 years ago

AHHH!!! PUT ME BACK!!!

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#15

Honorable Mentions. Approaching Life

Honorable Mentions. Approaching Life

Deborah Elenter Report

Lilya
Community Member
4 years ago

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🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢

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#16

Honorable Mentions. Surprise

Honorable Mentions. Surprise

KimBerly E. Photography Report

Stacey Jenks
Community Member
4 years ago

He's still in the bag. Amazing!

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#17

Honorable Mentions. Joyful Finale

Honorable Mentions. Joyful Finale

Elise Hurst Photography Report

Bunnies are better!!
Community Member
4 years ago

Her face says it all

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#18

Honorable Mentions. As She Rose From The Depths

Honorable Mentions. As She Rose From The Depths

Tree of Life Doula Photography Report

Inga Indi
Community Member
4 years ago

And already smiling😍

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#19

Honorable Mentions. Hello Before Goodbye

Honorable Mentions. Hello Before Goodbye

Sarah Boccolucci Photography Report

Vix Arnold
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful 💗

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#20

A Beautiful Transition

A Beautiful Transition

Birth Unscripted Report

mother
Community Member
4 years ago

I've got you...

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#21

Honorable Mentions. Gentle Caesarean Birth

Honorable Mentions. Gentle Caesarean Birth

Belle Verdiglione Photography Report

Totally Magical Unicorn
Community Member
4 years ago

Newborns generally look like I imagine Winston Churchill's testicle looked like.

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#22

The Softest Landing Pad

The Softest Landing Pad

Cradled Creations Report

Hayat Hasan
Community Member
4 years ago

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#23

Becoming Grandmothers

Becoming Grandmothers

The Art of Unscripted Report

Crochet Rox
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so awesome!

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#24

Honorable Mentions. Before The First Breath

Honorable Mentions. Before The First Breath

Birth In Focus Report

Vanessa Bates
Community Member
4 years ago

This one freaks me out...purely because it looks like just a head!

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#25

Mother's Pure Bliss

Mother's Pure Bliss

A&E Caro Photography Report

Crochet Rox
Community Member
4 years ago

I have teenagers now, and I remember that moment. <3 Pure bliss.

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#26

Euphoric First Embrace Together

Euphoric First Embrace Together

Kate Murray Photography Report

Helen Purvis
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! So much emotion!

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#27

Honorable Mentions. Honoring The Temple

Honorable Mentions. Honoring The Temple

Elliana Gilbert Photography Report

Eby FAshn
Community Member
4 years ago

❤💟💙❤

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#28

Birth In Colour

Birth In Colour

Tree of Life Doula Photography Report

Fleur Blom
Community Member
4 years ago

That placenta looks like a beautiful colorful tree

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#29

Ascension

Ascension

Angelfire Photography Report

Golden Rayquaza
Community Member
4 years ago

... well... if i saw this i wouldnt take a photo.. but.. whatever

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#30

Breathe

Breathe

Brezi Photography Report

Leslie Cully
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful!

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#31

Bathed In The Morning Light She Welcomes New Life

Bathed In The Morning Light She Welcomes New Life

Samantha Noel Photography Report

Megan Siefken
Community Member
4 years ago

I like this one of all of them. I don't know why.

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#32

Honorable Mentions. Birth Of A Mother

Honorable Mentions. Birth Of A Mother

Cat Fancote – Capturing Birth Report

Chrissy Jones
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4 years ago

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Ugh. I hate women with long, sharp nails handling a baby. You can tell she is a first time mother. Because REAL mothers keep their nails VERY short. Changing diapers, feces gets under the fingernails and you can make baby sick. Also easy to scratch baby's delicate skin with those claws.

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#33

Honorable Mentions. 17 Years Of Waiting: A Non-fertility Miracle

Honorable Mentions. 17 Years Of Waiting: A Non-fertility Miracle

Ker-Fox Photography Report

Katie Allen
Community Member
4 years ago

Those are really muscular legs! I don't understand why they are holding the baby's neck that way.

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#34

Honorable Mentions. She Holds Her Daughter’s Fingers In Awe And Wonde

Honorable Mentions. She Holds Her Daughter’s Fingers In Awe And Wonde

The He{ART} of Motherhood Report

Mia Melberg
Community Member
4 years ago

That's some astounding nails om that baby. Those are going to be beautifull

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#35

Superman Style Arrival

Superman Style Arrival

Birth is beautiful-Captured by Ina Report

Kim Mick
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4 years ago

The only person seemingly aware of the camera is the baby!

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#36

Raw Power

Raw Power

Vanessa Mendez Birth Photography Report

Lee Hardy
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4 years ago

Someone took the time to get ice tea 😉

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#37

Looking Inside

Looking Inside

Andrea Oleson Report

Denise Stark
Community Member
4 years ago

This really reminded me of just how intense the pain was. Childbirth was much harder that I expected!

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#38

The Go-to Position For Slow Labor

The Go-to Position For Slow Labor

Leilani Rogers, Photographer Report

Eby FAshn
Community Member
4 years ago

❤😔😢

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#39

Honorable Mentions. Rapture

Honorable Mentions. Rapture

Katie Mathis Photography Report

Margaret Buckley
Community Member
4 years ago

Not sure if that is rapture or relief, but the photo is beautiful.

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#40

Honorable Mentions. Future Big Sister

Honorable Mentions. Future Big Sister

Public Kiss Photography Report

Totally Magical Unicorn
Community Member
4 years ago

Yep...that's the appropriate reaction.

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#41

First Wrinkles

First Wrinkles

Susan Johnson Photography Report

Line Ytterhus
Community Member
4 years ago

So beautiful, wish We could smell him and the others here as well.

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#42

Intertwined

Intertwined

Deborah Elenter Report

Sandi Brill
Community Member
4 years ago

love this!

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#43

Holding On To Strength

Holding On To Strength

Birth Day geboortefotografie Report

Totally Magical Unicorn
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4 years ago

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Shouldn't have had the chilli.

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#44

This Is Life

This Is Life

Santa Cruz Birth Photography & Doula Services Report

Jillian Cameron
Community Member
4 years ago

She's just realised she's got a screamer.

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#45

Moment To Collect

Moment To Collect