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  • 18 Incredible Images of Moms Bringing a New Life Into This World

    Birth is beautiful no matter the setting or circumstance. See for yourself.
    by Rachel Perez .
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    There was a time before when the father of the baby wasn't even allowed to be in the room during childbirth. Now it has become a family affair where a mom's support system (including kids!) can witness the beauty of a newborn's arrival the moment it happens. And thanks to birth photographers, parents now get to document and preserve every moment of bringing a life into this world.

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    Jennifer Mason and Monet Nicole, the founders of Birth Becomes Her, an online resource that hopes to inspire birth photography professionals and expectant parents, believe there is power in seeing and sharing images of birth. “There is nothing more valuable than preserving memories from the very best days of your life,” they said on their website.

    The website once again hosted a birth photography contest this year. The "2019 Birth Becomes Her Image Contest" had over 1,200 image submissions from birth photographers around the world (nearly 300 more than last year’s entries). The judges, composed of pioneers in the birth and photography communities, selected winners in the following categories: hospital and out of hospital births; in color and black and white images; and postpartum, which includes the first 48 hours after birth and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) sessions.

    Overall winners of the Birth Becomes Her Image Contest

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    1st place overall: Sadie Wild Photography

    Sadie, who joined the contest for the first time, wrote the following when she shared this image on Instagram: "What I love about this image is the how it captures those mixtures of emotions you experience right after you have just given birth...major relief, wonder, shock, amazement, exhaustion, happiness, love, overwhelm...Everything that races through your mind when you realize you have done it, you've made it."

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    2nd place overallBelle Verdiglione Photography

    Belle, who also won the People's Choice award, documented the birth of a rainbow baby. "It makes me so freaking proud to call myself a birth photographer and to stand amongst the best in the world," she wrote on Instagram. "Seriously I don’t know how the judges chose. What an incredible industry we are in."

    Another photo of Belle earned the top prize at another birth photography contest, which you see here.

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    3rd place overallToni Nichole Photos

    "Thank you first and foremost to the beautiful family who trusted me enough to invite me into their birth space to capture such a magical and sacred moment," Toni wrote on Instagram. "You are forever ingrained in my heart," she added.

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    Here are the winners of the Birth Becomes Her Image Contest according to categories

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    1st place in Hospital images: Life and Lens Photography

    It's rare to see a breech vaginal birth in the hospital, but photographer behind Life and Lens Photography got it on film. "I am always so grateful to my families for welcoming me into their birth spaces, but for them to give me permission to share their most vulnerable and powerful moments – I can’t ever fully express my gratitude," she wrote on Instagram.

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    1st place in Out of Hospital Birth images: Northern Light Photography

    Linnéa Geiger, the photographer who took the photo, wrote on Instagram. "I had the honor of attending another home birth. It was pure magic, and I am filled of love from it. Congratulations sweet baby, you were welcomed to this earth with so much love and passion."

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    1st place in Color Birth Images: Mary Nieland from Fox Valley Birth and Baby

     Jenny and Monet's caption on Instagram: "A moment of relaxation flooded over her body just minutes before she joyfully brought her baby into the world. I love their embrace. The love. The safety. Gosh, birth is incredible."

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    1st place in Black and White images: Cat Fancote

    Cat captured the moment a new mom sees her baby for the first time. "Taking the time to observe, touch and smell the tiny human you just birthed can be so emotionally, spiritually and physically rewarding," the photographer wrote on Instagram. "You could stare at her for hours, and you do – it’s time well spent."

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    1st place in Postpartum images: Photo: Art by Jessica

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    2nd place in Hospital images: Marijke Thoen whose entry last year earned 2018's top spot.

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    2nd place in Out of Hospital: Micah Lynn Birth Stories

    2nd place in Color Images: Kendal Blacker Photography

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    2nd place in Black and White: Sashi Hesson, Photographer

    2nd place in Postpartum: Coastal Lifestyles Photography

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    3rd place hospital by Bree Downes

    3rd place Out of Hospital: Cradled Creations

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    3rd place in Color: Chiara Doveri Photography

    3rd place in Black and White: Salt City Birth & Newborn Photography

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    3rd place in postpartum: Hanna Hill Photography

    Congratulations to all the winners!

    Check out all photos submitted for the Birth Becomes Her Birth Photo Contest here.

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