The moment you first lay eyes on your baby is pretty indescribable, isn’t it?
There are plenty of words that can be used to explain how you felt – exhausted, elated, surprised, proud – but there isn’t one specific word that can truly encapsulate the power, the force, the rawness, the enormity that comes from the moment you first see your baby.
Thankfully, there are birth photographers who are able to capture this moment in all its emotional beauty.
No words needed.
Over the years we’ve shared hundreds of stunning birth photos of labour, postpartum and more. But these 16 photos above and below focus on just one moment – mums meeting their babies for the very first time.
And aren’t they amazing? Most of these images are award-winning birth photos and it’s easy to see why!
A lot of mothers choose to invite not only a birth photographer but a doula into their homes to help them give birth and water births are becoming more and more common.
What we especially love about these images is how surprised and shocked the mothers look. Their faces say it all.
And how about this stunning picture of an en caul water birth? A kiss from mum as bub is gently lifted out of the sac.
One of the things we also love about birth photography is that these very talented photographers are able to capture the growing bond between a mother and her baby.
You can see the absolute love pouring out of these photos as a mother holds their babies in their arms, not their bellies, for the first time.
Meeting your baby via cesarean is just as beautiful, and, again, thanks to the magic of birth photographers, mothers are able to stop time and keep these moments forever.
We especially love the use of a clear drape during c-section births. You can see even more stunning images of clear drape c-sections here.
In some instances, giving birth is a family affair and many mums choose to have their younger children by their side. We’ve shared a gorgeous story of a nine-year-old boy who helped his mum through her labor – you can see all the images here – they are truly beautiful.
The moment you realise you’re going from a mother of one to a mother of two, well, it’s a pretty powerful feeling.
So much emotion. So much love. These moments after giving birth, no matter how or where are just so powerful.
We are so grateful for birth photographers around the world who are able to capture these moments with such clarity, to stop time for mums who are often too exhausted to remember clearly and to freeze these first hellos forever.