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  • 25 Amazing Images That Prove Childbirth Is a Family Affair

    Giving birth is both messy and beautiful at the same time.
25 Amazing Images That Prove Childbirth Is a Family Affair
PHOTO BY BY BELLE VERDIGLIONE OF BELLE VERDIGLIONE PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • (Warning: Some of the photos have graphic content that some readers may find disturbing or shocking.)

    There was a time when childbirth was a women's affair only. Now, it has become an experience a mom can choose to share with her husband or partner and even children. We're seeing families who gather together to welcome the new member of the family the moment he comes out of his mother's womb.

    And there are no better photos to sum up what childbirth is for the mom, dad, and the family than winning images from the Birth Photography Image of the Year Competition by the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP).

    The annual competition, which started in 2011, continues to celebrate the beauty of birth and the skill of birth photographers around the globe in four categories: labor, delivery, postpartum and birth details.

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    Birth photographer Belle Verdiglione has been submitting photos for the yearly contest since 2014. "[It's] like asking a parent to choose a favourite child!" she described on Instagram. In 2017, one of her photos made it to the Honorable Mention list. This 2019, Belle takes home the distinction of being declared the overall winner by the judges and fellow birth photographers. This photo is also the IAPBP Members' Choice first place winner.

    Best in Category: Birth Details

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    "Enveloped"
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    En caul births only happen in 1 out of 80,000 births, so "this was such a truly incredible event to witness." Birth photographer Samantha Evans writes, "All of the water births that I have photographed have had an overwhelming feeling of serenity, peace and calm — transitioning from the womb, pausing in the water awaiting another wave to push him into his Mother’s awaiting embrace." This photo also received the IAPBP Member's Choice in the Birth Details category.

    Best in Category: Delivery

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    "Many Hands"
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    Best in Category: Fresh 48

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    "This Is Us"

    The category of "Fresh 48" refers to the first 48 hours after birth. "I love documenting those intimate moments in the first 48 hours of life!" birth photographer Kimberly Kimble wrote as a caption when she first shared the photo on Instagram. This image is also the IAPBP Member's Choice winner for the same category.

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    Best in Category: Labor

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    "Water Birth in Sunset"

    Best in Category: Postpartum

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    "The Most Glorious Cleansing of All"

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    The following winning photos earned the distinction of being chosen as winners by fellow photographer members of the IAPBP with more than 1,140 members in 51 countries.

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    Members’ Choice Best in Category: Labor

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    "My Love, My Hero"

    Members’ Choice Best in Category: Postpartum

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    "Peek-A-Boo"
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    These photos didn't make the winners' cut but are too beautiful to be excluded from the honorable mentions for 2019's IAPBP photography contest. See these amazing birth photos that are "almost winners," you'd probably have an idea how hard the judges' had to do in deciding the overall winners. (Please click "lauch as list" for better viewing.) 

    All photos were used with permission from the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP).

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