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The beauty of home births is so often depicted in fabulous, magical photos. But, as a mom who has delivered three babies in hospitals, I can absolutely vouch for the fact that birth there, yes among the monitors and medical staff, can be beautiful too.
You don't have to take my word for it. Birth photographer JoAnn Marrero of From Labor to Love has captured many hospital births that undeniably portray the exquisite glory of welcoming a new life within those walls.
From pushing, to crowning, to that joyful moment you hear your baby's first cries, to the moments after you will cherish forever, birth is pretty much the most splendid experience in life. No matter where it happens. And whether you deliver vaginally, or via C-section.
So here, now, let us celebrate the more conventional kind of birth many women chose, as I did: birth in a hospital setting. Scroll through more of JoAnn's candid, up-close images that show us what birth is like, from start to finish.
If you happen to be wondering what was happening in this image,
that would be dad and doc posing for the camera at, ahem, a very opportune moment. How can you not love that?
Another image that really made an impression on me was this one.
I mean, that is the moment of birth. The moment, in all its rawness and realness.
But the photo I can relate to the most, that I think we all can, whether we've birthed in a hospital, at home, or on the side of the road, is this.
When, after 9 long months, after hoping and praying to hold your baby, it finally happens. And you feel everything; bliss, relief, disbelief, and well, sometimes pain, too, as your entire being is reset. Your life will never, ever be the same. And it so darn beautiful.
And scary, but that is an entirely different post!
Thank you to JoAnn for sharing your amazing photography. Learn more here: From Labor to Love.
This post was originally published in January, 2017.
Opinions expressed by parent contributors are their own.