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IN Photography ON 03 Feb, 2016
Every woman has a caring and loving mother in her heart. After getting into a certain age, she desperately wants to be a mother and offer all her affection to her baby. Being a girl, I sometimes feel about myself the most blessed creation of God as I am born with an opportunity to bring a new life into this world. Undoubtedly, giving birth is very painful but the extreme happiness after it beats all that pain.
Last night, I got to know about one photographer Leilani Rogers and her five-year photography project. She has been capturing the moments of birth in all the forms and sharing them on her blog. She says: "Birth is considered by many to be a private matter, and yet, it is this amazing thing that we should be teaching our children about and celebrating. So I think people view these photos as equal parts enlightening and fascinating."
After seeing those heart touching pictures, I was unable to control the emotions overflowing inside me. I was irresistible to share this album of newborn babies with their mother with the whole world. I know, you are going to love it.
"This baby was born entirely in the amniotic sac ('en caul')."
"The mother's daughter, age 7, wanted to be a part of the birth so she hopped into the birth pool with her mama! She so calmly and sweetly came into the room where her mother was birthing and genuinely wanted to help. Later, her mother told me how comforting it was to have her there, and how much she admired the nurturing nature her daughter possessed."
"I find those moments of delivery to be every bit as beautiful and fascinating as a vaginal birth."
"This is a rare occurrence - a baby born with six fingers! Definitely a surprise to mama and the birth team, but a special one. There was no bone in the finger, but it had a nail! It was intriguing, to say the least."
"This baby was just born into her mother's arms in the water. She is overcome with joy."
"Mother meets her baby for the first time. The joy, relief and exhaustion is just so palpable."
"What a privilege it is to get up close to placentas and umbilical cords. They are fascinating and serve an amazing purpose."
"This is my niece, just minutes old. Her birth was so tranquil. She looks like she just stepped out of heaven. She came quietly and peacefully into this world and took her time opening her big beautiful eyes to take in her new surroundings."
"I love images that show that a woman can birth in many different positions. They should not be limited to their backs. That defies gravity, does it not? Case in point, many times a change in position will facilitate a stalled labor."
"Herbal baths are my absolute favorite to capture. Not many mothers know about them. Herbal baths are done anywhere from a few hours postpartum to a day or two later, and aid in healing the perineum. They also smell divine (herbs like chamomile and lavender are used) and promote bonding between mother and baby."
"I photograph a lot of births at home and in birth centers. Some might say they are more photo worthy. I disagree. This moment for instance, is mesmerizing. Baby is passing between the womb and her mother. I love the way Mom is reaching for her child, eagerly awaiting her placement in her arms."
"I see a lot of water births. But birth tubs take some time to blow up, and fill. Every now and then, birth happens so quickly there is no time to go through that process! In this case, mama knew she needed water, so she gave birth in her bathtub. And I photographed it from inside the shower stall, looking through the glass!"
"This two-mama family's birth was so beautiful. It was so fortunate that this mother's partner is an experienced doula, because she was in labor for 35 hours!"
"Another beautiful hospital moment. It wasn't until after I got home and began editing images that I noticed this little one's hand signal that she felt at peace."
"This image has gone viral on Pinterest, and I think it's because dads are so rarely captured as part of the process. Here a husband is sweetly praying for his wife during her labor."
"I included this because most moms have no idea what one looks like. That baffles me! We should take interest in these things because this amazing organ delivers nutrients, eliminates waste, fights against internal infection and produces enough hormones to support an entire pregnancy. WOW!"
"Breastfeeding support has a special place in my heart. That is why I founded The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project. Breastfeeding success starts here though. At birth. Some moms just don't get the patient instruction they need in order to be successful at breastfeeding. In this photo, I just love the juxtaposition of this experienced midwife's hands against this young mother and newborn babe's skin."