Child birth is an incredible, life-changing experience. It’s hard, and painful, and long, and scary. It can also be amazingly beautiful, as evidenced by these jaw-dropping birth photos. Is there anything more gorgeous than a picture of a new parent seeing their baby for the first time? Or a new little life making their entrance into this world? These birth photos show the emotional journey from labor to delivery. They capture those moments you might not remember, but never want to forget. They’re raw and candid and powerful, and sometimes, even funny! Shout out to these moms and dads and new little babies, we are in awe of you all!

1.Ugh, these emotions. Who is cutting onions?!

Why hire a birth photographer? Yes, it's an investment…but let me tell you…allowing your significant other to be able to go back through and relive the moments that were the hardest most rewarding moments of their lives…It's worth more than you'll ever know. So grateful to be able to deliver these reminders of the sweetest most epic days of your life. Katie Leatherman you were a complete goddess ! Still in awe of you rocking out your birth with this 8 lb 15 oz boy! Welcome to the world baby Cullen you have 2 awesome parents who were AMAZING at welcoming you into this world! #motherhood #mama #birthwithoutfear #birthbecomesher #baby #newborn #birthphotography #birth #normalizebreastfeeding #birthday #july4th #igers #tribedemama #tribearchipelago #midwest #midwife #midwestliving #gorgeous #goodofgoshen #photography #life #warrior #momtogs #lifestyle #love #family #igersftwayne #ftwayne

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That first snuggle? Gut-punch.