There’s no doubt about it, birth is bloody fascinating. The fact that a fully-formed baby can make its way out into the world through a narrow canal inside its mother and exit out of a tiny, albeit very stretchy, vagina or through a c-section incision is pretty miraculous. Most of us have witnessed birth in one way or another; we’ve done it ourselves, we’ve seen a loved one do it or seen pictures or film of strangers doing it.
The only thing that intrigues me more than birth itself is the stuff that goes on inside that we can’t see. While we all know that sperm + egg = baby, being able to see it all – from conception through to full-term pregnancy – from the depths of a woman’s womb is mind-blowing to say the least.
The pics below were taken by photographer Lennart Nilsson (who is now 91 years old) back in 1965. Using a camera and light attached to a cystoscope, a medical instrument commonly used to explore the inside of the urinary bladder, Lennart snapped away and managed to capture the miracle of life. From the inside.
The pictures were published in Nilsson’s famous book, A Child is Born, which remains one of the greatest photography books of all time.
I’ve looked through these pictures so many times and can’t stop marvelling at how babies are made. Seriously, to see how my two little munchkins came to be has me awestruck in the biggest way.
*All photographs by the incredible Lennart Nilsson.