59 Powerful NSFW Photos From The 2017 Birth Photo Competition Prove That Moms Are Badass
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.
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I've Been Waiting For You
Best In Category: Birth Details, Pieces Of Me
This is amazing. But the placenta is grossing me out a bit. Never seen one look like that before
Best In Category: Postpartum, Straight From Heaven
That First Gaze
Skin To Skin Today. Heart To Heart Always
Jesus. What's our society coming to?! That kid's WAY too young to be a parent.
Falling In Love All Over Again
Are You My Mama?
Great neck control at just a few minutes old. The neck control comes weeks after birth. Strong baby.
Best In Category: Delivery, With A Splash
First Place Winner. Road To Deliverance
Honorable Mentions. Catching Her Baby, Born Via Surrogacy
I had to look twice before I saw it, it is really beautiful.
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.
The End: A New Beginning
The First Look
'OK, she's screaming. Maybe this is how adults communicate. Odd, but I should be polite to my new hosts.'
Honorable Mentions. Approaching Life
Honorable Mentions. Surprise
Honorable Mentions. Joyful Finale
Honorable Mentions. As She Rose From The Depths
Honorable Mentions. Hello Before Goodbye
That also happened to my son in law. He had several brain surgeries just to stay alive so he could see his daughter be born. He lived for 3 weeks after she was born.
A Beautiful Transition
Honorable Mentions. Gentle Caesarean Birth
As a C-SECTION Mama, this made me cry. Due to the partition I wasn't able to see my son come into the world, and I can very much imagine his tiny newborn face on this little one. 😍 so precious!
The Softest Landing Pad
Honorable Mentions. Before The First Breath
This one freaks me out...purely because it looks like just a head!
Mother's Pure Bliss
Euphoric First Embrace Together
Honorable Mentions. Honoring The Temple
Those fishnet stretchy hospital panties with jumbo pad.. best feeling though.. once your here, you know you definitely passed the finish line!!
Birth In Colour
... well... if i saw this i wouldnt take a photo.. but.. whatever
Bathed In The Morning Light She Welcomes New Life
Honorable Mentions. Birth Of A Mother
Honorable Mentions. 17 Years Of Waiting: A Non-fertility Miracle
Those are really muscular legs! I don't understand why they are holding the baby's neck that way.
Honorable Mentions. She Holds Her Daughter’s Fingers In Awe And Wonde
That's some astounding nails om that baby. Those are going to be beautifull
Superman Style Arrival
This really reminded me of just how intense the pain was. Childbirth was much harder that I expected!
The Go-to Position For Slow Labor
Honorable Mentions. Rapture
Not sure if that is rapture or relief, but the photo is beautiful.
Honorable Mentions. Future Big Sister
So beautiful, wish We could smell him and the others here as well.
Holding On To Strength
This Is Life
Moment To Collect
Christmas Eve Head Shot
That's a powerful reason why you shouldn't yell at your mom! All the pain she passed because of you
Honorable Mentions. She Believed She Could
United We Are Strong
Within The Waves
I love her partners face.. so concerned supportive and gentle !
Best In Category: Labor, Determination
Honorable Mentions. Entangled In The Cord That Ties Us
My son was born 30 days early. His cord was wrapped around 3 times around his neck, hence blue baby. He's 47 now, 6'8"....
Hear Me Roar
Baby's First Defense
Its called Vernix. It protects the baby from the amniotic fluid they swim in before birth