14 Awesomely Raw and Beautiful Images of Birth

As midwives we get to be a part of the most incredible moments. The images here show a range of birth choices and experiences: home and hospital births, water births, unmedicated and epidural assisted births, vaginal and cesarean births and even a couple of cool umbilical cords. The following are just a handful of awesome, raw and beautiful images of birth that demonstrate the power, the intensity and the miracle.

1. These two midwives easing back pain.

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Photo by: Heartbeats & Beyond Photography

2. This grinning momma pulling her baby up onto her belly.

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3. This momma exhaling with relief as she gazes at her son for the first time.

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Photo by: Lindsey Foster Photography

4. This big sister breathing in the scent of her new baby sister.

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Photo by: Lindsey Foster Photography

5. This scrumptious baby covered in vernix.

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Photo by: Heartbeats & Beyond Photography

6. These strong hands supporting his strong partner.

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Photo by: Heartbeats & Beyond Photography 

7. This moment of connection between a birthing woman and her midwife.

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Photo by: Heartbeats & Beyond Photography 

8. This bittersweet moment of separation.

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Photo by: Heartbeats & Beyond Photography 

9. This dad’s first gentle cuddle.

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Photo by: Heartbeats & Beyond Photography 

10. This powerful birth song and dance.

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Photo by: midwife

11. This awesome double true knot in the cord of a healthy baby.

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Photo by: midwife

12. This baby’s first latch in the operating room.

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Photo by: Jessica Angel Photography

13. This blissful smile and thick, pulsing cord.

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Photo by: midwife

14. This video showing a peaceful and gentle water birth.


Wow! We are so very lucky to share in these incredible moments. There is nothing like it. Do you have a favourite picture from your birth? Send it to us with your story. A picture may be worth a thousand words but a story is priceless…