Parenting

20 Stunningly Raw And Intimate Birth Photos

Some of these photos may be considered NSFW.
04/17/2018 01:18pm ET

Each year, the International Association of Professionals Birth Photographers hosts its Image of the Year Competition to honor the work of photographers who capture labor and delivery around the world. The photos submitted to the contest highlight the beauty, intimacy and ― yes ― messiness of birth.

Below are the winners and honorable mentions of the 2018 competition ― a collection of stunning photos that showcase the raw power of these moments.

1
"Nowhere and Everywhere"
Best In Category: Labor
2
"Birth of a Brother"
Best In Category: Birth Details
3
"Three Become Four"
Members Choice Winner
4
"En Caul Baby Birth"
Best In Category: Delivery
5
"Flesh of my Flesh"
Best In Category: Postpartum
6
"Stunning Sibling's First Encounter"
First Place Winner
7
"Take My Hand, Hold My Heart"
Members Choice Best In Category: Postpartum
8
"Bulging Forewaters"
Members Choice Best In Category: Birth Details
9
"Fist Bump For Mom"
Honorable Mention
10
"Love Complete"
Honorable Mention
11
"How Big"
Honorable Mention
13
"Nurse Linda"
Honorable Mention
14
"Admiration and Relief"
Honorable Mention
15
"Underwater Scream"
Honorable Mention
16
"A Physiological Third Stage"
Honorable Mention
20
"Labor by Candlelight"
Honorable Mention
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