29/03/2016 11:44 BST

Touching Photographs Capture The Beauty Of Caesarean Births

'There is much more to birth photography than the actual moment of birth.'

Warning: some readers may find the photos below graphic.

A group of photographers have shared emotive pictures of women giving birth via caesarean sections

The collection of photos, taken by members of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers, aims to show that birth photography isn't "gross" or "distasteful".

"There is much more to birth photography than the actual moment of birth,” the association's founder Lyndsay Stradtner wrote on her blog. "So much more.

"It’s the birth environment, the light in the room, the details, the comings and goings of those who are there."

The association has more than 1,400 members in 37 countries and was founded by Stradtner of Life in Motion Photography in 2010.

Lauren Grayson Photography
Ashley Derr Photography
A Little Muse Photography
Brittany Buitron Photography
Chanda Williams
Kailee Riches Photography
Kali Shanti Park
Kelly O'Roke
Kierra Mellenthin
Laura Kralovetz / Layla Faith Photography
Monet Moutrie / Monet Nicole: Birthing Stories
Paige Driscoll / Santa Cruz Birth Photography
Rachel Demand / Rachel Demand Photography
Sam Beasley Photography
Tilly Goble / Naissance Studios
Whitney Milton / She Gives Light
Jillian Mills / Heart Love Photography
Bonnie Hussey / Bonnie Hussey Photography
Jennifer Mason / Jennifer Mason Photography
Stefanie Harrington / Stefanie Harrington Photography
Photo gallery 'First Moments' Birth Photography See Gallery