Every childbirth is downright amazing – but these women took it up a notch by getting hands-on with their own deliveries. With the assistance of a doctor, doula or midwife, these moms caught their babies as they emerged during the last minutes of labor, helping to gently pull them out and into the world. These raw, intimate moments were stunningly documented by their birth photographers, who shared with us their thoughts as they witnessed the incredible love and strength of these women pour forth as they met their child for the first time.
I Got You Babe
Oof, that feeling of holding your baby in your arms. There really is no other feeling like it in the entire world. For months, you dreamed of this very moment. You felt the kicks and flips and heard the heartbeat. You saw that squished little face and those fingers and toes on the ultrasound pictures. Every single second of your pregnancy has been leading to THIS moment. When you can finally take that baby in your arms and look at that face that you made. Everything else fades away in this moment. It’s truly and utterly magical, and you will never forget it.
You can feel all these emotions here. So powerful. This position is so great for mothers delivering their own babies. And, having had two of my own, I can confirm that toward the end, it’s one of the only positions in which I felt any sort of comfort or relief. Obviously there are circumstances in which a mama can’t move freely during labor and delivery. But if you have the chance to do so, take it! Listen to your body, and change positions as your needs and desires change. It can make the entire experience more manageable, and then you’re primed for catching your own baby.
There are usually plenty of hands and hearts involved in the birth of a child. Lots of mothers choose to involve friends and loved ones, in order to make the experience more special. When a baby comes into the world, we want them to come into a world surrounded by love and support, right? But with all of those people involved, the most important people are still the mamas and the papas and the new little person. The focus should be on them for the entirety of the process, so that they can experience something like this: reaching down and guiding their own baby into the world.
That moment when all the hard work was more than worth it. I know I’ve said it so many times already, but really, the emotion on a mother’s face at the very moment the baby is out is hard to describe. Mothers delivering their own babies experience this and so much more. The moment you reach down and feel the head, then the shoulder, then have enough space to wrap your hands around their little torsos and help guide them out. What an amazing feeling! What an amazing FEAT. And then it’s just pure joy. The pain subsides almost immediately, and you’re just left with this moment, this pure joy.
Happiness On All Faces
Seriously, it looks like even the baby is even smiling. What an amazing photo to cap off such an emotional and difficult journey! We love that dad was right there with mom the entire time, supporting her not only mentally and emotionally, but physically as well. For mothers delivering their own babies, that support is crucial. We need to feel the loving hands of those who are part of this life-changing moment. The more love that is present during childbirth, the more love a little baby is born into when they finally arrive. Such a fun and emotional picture to remember this moment!