Nearly 1,000 photographs spanning the period from labour to postpartum were submitted from around the world as part of a 2018 competition called ‘Birth Becomes Her’ - set up by photographers Monet Nicole and Jennifer Mason.
The winning entries were picked by a judging panel of 20,000 photography fans who chose their favourites. They include the moment photographer Neely Ker-Fox from Georgia, US, captured a mother seeing her baby for the first time after a caesarean section.
Veronika Richardson, from Wisconsin, US, captured a mother breastfeeding for the first time in the birthing pool, while her baby is still attached to the placenta.
Marijke Thoen, from Belguim, caught the moment a little girl met her baby brother for the first time in the birthing pool. This photo was removed from Facebook last year for breeching it’s guidelines on nudity.
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A mother being prepared for a c-section as photographed by Laura Cate in Uganda.
And Canadian photographer Dominique Lamontagne, from Ottowa, captured a baby’s expression as they were born in a birthing pool.