Amazing photos that capture the unexpectedly beautiful moments of childbirth have been honored as winners in the 2018 ‘Birth Becomes Her’ contest.
The winning entries from around the world were chosen from nearly 1,000 images voted for by more than 20,000 photography fans.
Photos in the contest were divided into five categories – Birth, Labour, Maternity, Fresh/postpartum and Breastfeeding.
One shows moment little girl sees her baby brother for the first time in a birthing pool, while others capture tender moments during couples in the midst of labor.
Meanwhile, an image of a tired new mother holding her newborn captures the exhaustion of breastfeeding and sleepless nights.
Stunning Siblings First Encounter by Marijke Thoen of Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie in Belguim shows the moment a little girl first sees her baby brother underwater in the birthing pool
Fist Bump for Mom by Neely Ker-Fox of Ker-Fox Photography from Georgia shows a tiny baby delivered by Caesarean making its first contact with its mother. The image cam second place in the Birth category
Staying Afloat by Melissa Benzel of Benzel Photography, Florida came second in the maternity category
This image by Veronika Richardson of Fox Valley Birth and Baby in Green Bay, Wisconsin captures the perfect tranquility of a mother breastfeeding her baby for the first time in the birthing pool
Rebirth by Lacey Barratt from Melbourne, Australia captures the exhaustion and elation of the days just after giving birth
Transition to Earth by Caroline Devulder from Belgium captures a stunning image of a baby’s first cries
Three Souls Labor As One by Esther Edith of Esther Edith Photography from Washington was voted the best image in the Labour category, showing a man supporting his partner as she breathes through the contractions
Selena Rollason of Brisbane Birth Photography, Australia won first place in the Birth category for Half Born and Already Reaching for Mama
Rebecca Coursey-Rugh of Rebecca Coursey Photography, LA, captured a moment of peace during a long labour in her photograph Nowhere and Everywhere
Veronika Richardson of Fox Valley Birth and Baby, Green Bay, Wisconsin submitted the image This is VBAC, showing the tiny feet of a baby resting just about the scar where its mother delivered her last baby by Caesarean
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