Trying to choose the 'best images of' is sort of like choosing which child is your favorite. Yeah, sometimes you like one more than the other, but ultimately there really isn't a 'best' and 'worst'. At least I hope that's how it is, I'll update on that next year.
As I was attempting to choose my favorite images from this year, I decided I just can't do it. Instead, I've chosen images that reminded me why I love birth photography.
Every mom, whether she labors medicated, unmedicated, induced, has a cesarean (whether planned or emergency) - Every. Single. Mom. walks into this room knowing she's about to experience some of the worst pain she'll ever endure, and yet, she walks in willingly and does it anyway.
One hour, or three days. Waiting for a baby to be born when you're outside of the delivery room can feel like decades.
The Moment of Doubt
99% of laboring women experience this. It's typically a sign that transition is near, and your baby will be here incredibly soon.
The "I DID IT!"
Yes, YOU! YOU did this! You're amazing, and strong, and you did it! This is when the tears begin flowing and doulas begin bouncing around with joy.
Whether this is your first baby or fourth, there's nothing more exciting than meeting your baby for the first time.
Remember those tears that began flowing after she did it? It's a CLOSE tie between which is more fulfilling to capture, the excitement or the joyous tears. I'm happy to capture either.
The Moment You Become A Mother
In an instant everything you've ever worried about becomes insignificant and you can't comprehend how something so new and so foreign to you can matter so much.
The Cheesy Babies
Birth junkies rejoice!
Ask any soon-to-be-sibling and they'll tell you, they've waited literally one million years for their new baby to be here and absolutely adore them already.
Your body produces an entire organ for the sole purpose of nourishing your baby. Pretty impressive if you ask me.
Is there anything better than a grown man turning to mush over his new child? No? I didn't think so either
You didn't think I would forget these guys, did you?
Midwives, OBs, Nurses, and Doulas
Your birth team can help your birth plan come to life. Choosing care providers who you're comfortable with and fully trust is one of the most important decisions you'll make about your labor.