Pregnancy, labour, birth, post-natal. It’s all so incredibly messy and beautiful all at the same time. Often there are no words to describe these amazing moments which is why so many expecting parents turn to birth photographers.

Birth photographers capture the raw emotions, the unexpected ups and downs, the passionate connections that take place during the birthing journey. Birth only lasts a few hours, or days, at most. It goes by so fast and it’s often one big hazy blur.

This is why having someone in the background, snapping the pictures is so important for so many families – to keep this journey front and centre, for years and years to come.

While we’re not professional judges, we did want to share our top 10 favourite birth photos of the past few years – the ones that took us right back to the delivery room, to the birthing pool, or that first post-partum breastfeed – the ones that hit us right in the feels.

Here are Mum Central’s top 10 picks.


10. A dose of mother nature 

There are so many amazing first feed photos but this one really captures the liquid gold that is mum’s milk. Breastmilk. This is the work of Aussie birth photographer Veronika Richardson of Fox Valley Birth and Baby. 

Love!

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Veronika Richardson of Fox Valley Birth and Baby – Serving Green Bay, WI – “Tranquility”

9. A moment of silence

This is postpartum peace. Just a mumma and her bubba. Perfection from Northern Light Photography.

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Image: Northern Light Photography

 


 8. A miracle of life 

En caul births are absolutely amazing and this photo is incredible! No words.

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Instagram/janabrasilfotografia

7. Our new edition 

So much emotion in one photo, by Jennifer Mason Photography. 

Source: Jennifer Mason Photography

6. Reach down

I think we can all relate to this pic! What an incredible feat labour is! By Rebecca Coursey Photography. 

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Source: Rebecca Coursey-Rugh of Rebecca Coursey Photography 

5. Stunning siblings’ first encounter

This photo took home a few different prizes in 2018 when birth photographer Marijke Thoen snapped the amazing shot. It’s easy to see why! We love it too.

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Marijke Thoen

4. The cut 

What an incredible shot of the wait before the incision. By Laura Wando of Laura Cate Photography.

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Source: Laura Cate Photography

3. Water baby 

The most beautiful encounter between mum and bub. Another stunning pic from Jennifer Mason Photography.

Source: Jennifer Mason Photography

 


2. This is VBac

Postpartum has never looked so beautiful. By Veronika Richardson of Fox Valley Birth and Baby.

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Source: Fox Valley Birth and Baby

1. Mid-contraction

The emotion in this photo… wow. Just wow. This is by Meredith Westin Photography and, as Meredith writes on her Instagram page,

My business partner Gina (@gatherbirth) is the best doula I know. In this photograph, she’s sitting with our client as she works through contractions on our favorite labor spot: the dilation station (also known as the toilet!).

Her gentle touch let our client know that she was supported, and her words reminded our client to keep her body soft and her shoulders relaxed.”

Source: Meredith Westin Photography

What to read next

You can see the full winners’ list of birth photos from previous years below:

 

 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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