A Homebirth Story In Seven Frames

Monet Nicole’s photographs capture the raw and authentic beauty of childbirth.

Childbirth is a unique and special experience for every woman who experiences it, in whatever way and wherever it happens. Homebirth is more common abroad and is popular because it takes place in a friendly, intimate environment where the mother can choose who she wants by her side, from her husband to older children and other family members.

A necessary condition is that the birth takes place by the normal method and that the pregnancy is not considered ʜɪɢʜ-ʀɪsᴋ.

Monet Nicole is a midwife and professional birth photographer. She considers childbirth to be a sʜᴏᴄᴋɪɴɢ experience that changes a woman. She felt the same way, as she mentions on her personal website, and the birth of her children was the reason for her to take up childbirth photography professionally.

Today, Monet is one of the most successful photographers; she has attended the births of hundreds of women, and the following on her Instagram profile, where she shares her photos and thoughts around childbirth, counts more than 159 thousand followers.

Her photographs stand out for the way they capture moments of childbirth. They highlight the raw beauty of birth, do not beautify situations, and manage to perfectly convey the feelings of the parents and the atmosphere of what takes place in the delivery room.

Monet usually describes in her posts how she herself experienced each birth as a midwife and photographer. In one of the most recent, she describes a home birth and writes about it:

“A homebirth story in seven frames.

Surges started and came on stronger as the snow began to fall outside. By the time I arrived, she began shaking with some of the harder contractions, and I could tell we were getting close. She got in the tub. She got out. She stood beside her bed and birthed her baby right into her husband’s hands.

It was messy and perfect. Her baby girl was born en caul.

And then they all snuggled in bed. Simple, hard, redeeming, beautiful.”

Exactly what the photographer describes above is best captured in her photos.

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