I recently entered a photo titled "Gentle Caesarean Birth" into the 2017 competition of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers. It's kind of like the Oscars for birth photographers (and yes a big thing in our world).
I was one of the few to be awarded an honourable mention! My heart is bursting with pride & gratitude right now!!!
The story behind this photo is powerful and so moving. The incredible mama has shared some of her birth story with us:
"I wanted to feel like I was giving birth, not having surgery.
This meant I watched our baby’s head being delivered. Our obstetrician agreed to deliver our baby’s head, then stand back so our baby could start to breathe on it’s own... I can’t even begin to describe what I felt watching our baby lie on my stomach, seemingly asleep! It was the most beautiful, raw, magical and amazing experience I could have ever imagined. And Belle captured it perfectly.
Birth, in itself, is such a raw, honest and emotional journey and I am filled with gratitude that I was finally able to bring a baby earth-side in a way that felt completely ‘right’ for me. My wish for the future is that other women are able to have positive birth experiences, no matter which way their baby enters our world."
There were so many incredible entries this year - 0ver 600 worldwide! It is inspiring to see such good work being done in Professional Birth Photography.
It's AMAZING to receive this Honourable Mention, especially when all the entries were so mind blowing. It also means Ricki Lake knows my name!
Sending a special and heartfelt THANK YOU to my amazing family, who let me share their son's first picture - it was one of my favourite moments to witness.
As this is the most exciting birth photography competition on a global scale, the media has celebrated with us, have a look:
Congratulations to the 1st Place Winner Jaydene Freund of Cradled Creations Birth Photography with this stunning image
You can view all of the category winners, honorable mentions and entries here