In a lot of ways, childbirth is universal. And yet military families face certain challenges and circumstances that simply do not exist for most civilian families, such as deployment. That’s true whether it’s the mother or father who serves ― or both.
So we asked the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers for photos that capture childbirth in military families ― an experience that feels at once unique and familiar ― and the stories they shared were extremely moving. Here are 15 of them, with captions from the photographers.
Captions have been edited and condensed for clarity.
Correction: This story previous stated that the mother in photo #3 is in the Air Force. She is in the Army.