Raw, Emotional, Beautiful Childbirth

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Childbirth is intense. The physical pain you endure is unbearable, the emotions you feel are incredible and run the gambit of extremes, and when you hold your child in your arms for the first time, it feels like a miracle. The entire experience is surreal, and these photos capture the raw essence of childbirth in a spectacular way.

Featured at the Baby Center, these 17 photos show how powerful and moving birth is. You’ll see a black and white nude portrait of a mother in labor, bent over in exhaustion. Another photo shows a father in a similar position while supporting the woman giving birth in front of him.

There are photos of mothers holding their just-born babies and screaming passionate, emotional cries, and tender photos showing the love between families as they prepare for their new arrival.

The photos are from the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers’ 2014 Image of the Year Competition, which received over 200 entries.

See the photos and the full article here: 17 incredible photos show the beauty of childbirth

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