February 2017 will mark FOUR years since our site was born. Like most births, it has been both REALLY hard and REALLY rewarding work. And just like the birthing process itself, there have been moments of pure exhaustion and massive peaks of elation and joy. Above all, there has been enormous pride in what we’ve created – a space that ultimately celebrates women. ALL women. To say that it has been fulfilling would be a massive understatement.
Over the years we’ve celebrated friendship, body love, women’s health, gorgeous homes and fashions, delicious food, beauty, and the often complicated topics of romantic relationships, marriage, sex and motherhood. More than anything, we’ve rejoiced in a woman’s right to choose what is best for her and her own life and this remains something we are super duper passionate about.
Of all those topics we’ve brought you over the years, nothing has captivated us (and you guys) as much as childbirth. It is, without a doubt, the most spectacular thing the human body – and only the female human body – can do. So, when we found these mind-blowing pics on The Huffington Post, we knew you’d love them as much as we did.
The following images, the most beautiful of 2016, can be found on the extraordinary Birth Becomes Her and Canadian Birth Photographers websites. Head on over to their sites for even more stunning snaps. Enjoy!
Total and utter power as this mama delivers her baby. Image: Vanessa Mendez
There’s nothing quite like it. Image: Lillian Craze Birth Photography
For some women, the pain of the after birth is full on. Image: Fox Valley Birth and Baby
According to the photographer, this baby was so keen to be born they didn’t even have time to fill the tub properly. Image: Katie Lew Photography
Pure joy just moments after birth. Image: Elise Hurst Photography
A quiet home birth. Image: Melissa Cate Photography
Baby wants a suckle mid-birth. Image: Monet Nicole
After 42 weeks, this mum was ecstatic to meet her little guy. Image: Bluegrass Birth Stories
The magic of support. Image: Earth Mama Photography
A tired, but focused mum after three hours of pushing. Image: First Light Birth Photography
Gorgeous mums sharing the joy of their newborn baby. Image: Hilary Marie Photo
Proud mother holding her baby after delivery via a surrogate. Image: Ashley Marston Birth Lifestyle/Documentary Photographer
This father caught his daughter and bonded immediately after delivery. Image: Love at First Sight Photography Doula Services
Hello little girl! Image: An Infinite Moment Photography
Mum and baby bonding following a C-section birth. Image: Capturing Joy Birth Services
A tired mum after the birth of her fourth son. Image: Santa Cruz Birth Photography Doula Services
Two become three. Image: Danica Donnelly Photography
The BEST feeling. Image: RAW Photography by Rebecca Ann Walsh
A long IVF process and seven years of trying, this couple welcome their gorgeous babies. Image: Cradled Creations
A dad meets his little boy. Image: Cherish Hope Photography
On her way to meet her mum. Image: New Creation Photography Birth Photography
LOVE. Image: Green Chair Stories