The Most Incredible Birth Photos We've Ever Seen

We were in awe of these powerful delivery photos from National Geographic's 2011 photo contest.
ByYsolt Usigan
Mar 2017
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Photo: Tara Garner
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Photo: Leilani Rogers

5 Minutes Old

Photo and caption by Leilani Rogers

I am a birth photographer. This photo is of my niece and was the first birth I ever photographed (in May 2011). Since then my love and passion for this type of art has blossomed. However this photo, taken just minutes after Mama delivered at home, remains my favorite. I think it says a thousand words, among them that it is cold, bright and loud out here!

Location: Cedar Park, TX USA

Photo: Jane McCrae

Pure Utter Joy

Photo and caption by Jane McCrae

Only a mother can understand the joy of locking eyes with her newborn baby the moment they take their first breath. After the powerful journey of labor, Natalia embraces her baby for the very first time. Sheer exhilaration, joy and love describe the moment of bringing forth her child. The gentle hand of her midwife, trusting in the innate wisdom of birth

Location: Homebirth. Tumbi Umbi, NSW, Australia

Photo: Tara Garner

Between Two Worlds

Photo and caption by Tara Garner

A mother gives birth to her son. This photograph captured a momentous introduction of a mother and baby’s first exchange. The baby is suspended in time, half way inside his mother and the world; being guided out by his mother’s own hands. Photograph was captured by friend and doula of the mother.

Location: Summertown, Tennessee

Photo: Nikki Williams

First Breath

Photo and caption by Nikki Williams

Crying before he was fully born, my first doula baby is received by his father’s hands at home.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Photo: Lynsey Stone

I Love You Baby!

Photo and caption by Lynsey Stone

Mom joyfully screams “I LOVE YOU BABY” as she delivers her last child, a boy.

Location: North Texas

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