Becoming a mom and seeing your baby for the first time is one of the most hearts tugging moments that can be. You wait patiently for 9 months to see your baby, imagine different things and then suddenly, you are handed over your imagination in reality.
What did you feel in that moment? Was it love? Exhaustion? Gratitude? Were you relieved at the thought of what lay behind you? Overwhelmed by everything that suddenly stretched out down the path ahead?
It ranks right up there among life’s most remarkable events, that instant you first set eyes on the person who will change you forever, who will crack open parts of your heart you didn’t even know were there.
A group of wildly talented birth photographers have shared with us some of their own favorite photos showing that unforgettable first meeting between a mother and her child, and the powerful stories that led them to that moment.
“This mom had an incredibly long labor with her first at a hospital. She decided to have a home birth with her second and it was an entirely different experience. Her labor was quick and intense… the midwife barely made it through the door before her second daughter was born. This moment captures the joy of birth for me.”
“Because the labor and delivery unit was so busy, this first-time Momma had an incredible two hours of skin to skin immediately following birth. Baby boy was tucked in close on Momma’s chest, so cozy she wouldn’t dare mess with him to sneak a peek at his darling little face. The nurses told her they were going to take him to do all the routine checking and measuring when she mentioned that she really hadn’t really taken him all in yet. This is the moment. This is the moment when she really looked at him. Recognition. Surprise. Joy! Love.”
“Hannah’s brother had been murdered in a home invasion several years ago. The tragedy is ultimately what brought her and her husband together, as he was a friend of her late brother. This birth was so many things, to so many people. There were unimaginable healing and happiness in this moment.”
“This was mother’s first time seeing her sweet son. At 33 weeks she was admitted to the hospital for a rare and often hard to detect a condition called HELLP Syndrome. Two days later her son was born, thriving, but need a little extra help. I was allowed to go back with her to see and touch him for the first time.”