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Photographer Captures Newborns Still Attached to Umbilical Cords
PHOTO BY Monet Moutrie/Facebook
  • Life is full of incredible mysteries. One of the most beautiful experiences is how a mother is able to carry and create life inside her and give birth to a precious baby. Photographer Monet Moutrie’s amazing talent allows her to capture this miracle through photos of newborns still attached to their life-giving umbilical cords. 

    “As a birth photographer, I love seeing the cord just after birth,” Moutrie told BabyCenter. “The cord is the ultimate symbol of connection. The cord connects baby to placenta, and thus to the mother. Through the cord, the baby receives everything he or she needs to grow and survive.”

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    It can be difficult to fathom at times how a cord holds so much life. Moutrie’s photos do an incredible job of bringing us back to that miracle and the special connection shared by every mother and child. 

    “Many parents don’t get a chance to see the cord until it’s already stopped pulsing and so they don’t realize how amazing it looked in the womb and right after birth. These photos give them a glimpse into the mysterious world of the womb,” added Moutrie. 

    This belly and cord! Our bodies are beautiful.

    Posted by Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    This is beauty.

    Posted by Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    Welcome little one <3

    Posted by Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories on Friday, April 7, 2017

    For nine months, she nestled in beside the organ that grew her and sustained her. I love that so many of us chose to...

    Posted by Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories on Sunday, January 22, 2017

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    As a birth photographer, Moutrie, who shares her photos on the Facebook page Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories, takes photos of many magical moments.

    Aside from shots of the baby’s umbilical cord and placenta, she also captures the first embrace, newborns still submerged under water during water births, mothers in labor, and many awestruck moments. 

    She watched her mom give birth. She saw her reach down and pull her little brother up out of the water. 
    The look on...

    Posted by Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    The moment you clutch him to your chest...time stops and your whole world expands.

    Posted by Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories on Thursday, October 6, 2016

    To see a woman give birth is to witness the ultimate melding of strength, beauty, and courage.
    We don't need to be afraid.

    Posted by Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories on Monday, November 21, 2016

    If you're wondering what happens to the umbilical cord and placenta after birth, hospitals usually dispose of them if there is no need to conduct tests for complicated pregnancies. Many moms now make beautiful memorabilia out of the placenta (see here). 

    After seeing these photos, would you consider having a birth photographer on your delivery day?

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