Bringing a child into the world is an emotional, intense and words-can’t-quite-explain-it experience. From the time that first contraction kicks in, to the moment a newborn takes their first breath, childbirth pushes a woman to achieve the incredible. Go us!
To capture all that power and passion, the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers brings together breath-taking images of labour, delivery and newborn life. And once a year they select the most awe-inspiring, unique and beautiful photos of the lot.
Here are the winners of their 2017 Image of the Year Competition – the best birth photos filled with strength, determination and love at first sight- and some of our favourites from the runners up. Because too many glorious birth photos are never enough!
First place winner: Road to Deliverance
Best Labour: Determination
Best Delivery: With a Splash
Best Postpartum: Straight From Heaven
Best Birth details: Pieces of Me
Honourable mention: Gentle Caesarean Birth
Honourable mention: Surprise Babe
Honourable mention: You are so Loved!
Honourable mention: Rapture
And if you have an amazing birth photo you’d like to share, get in touch!
(Top image Joyful Finale Elise Hurst Photography)