There is nothing like it, the miracle of birth. Few people understand this more than birth and breastfeeding photographers like Austin Texas based Leilani Rogers, who documents the process with an almost surreal level of reality. As Rogers’ photos show, they definitely are, and the women who do it are incredibly strong super women.
“The anticipation leading up to the birth in those final moments brings me alive,” says Rogers. “It doesn’t matter if I’ve already been on my feet for 5, 10 or 15 hours. It’s like a ‘birth rush.’” Funny, we experience something of a “birth rush” when looking at these photos, but it’s more a flood of every emotion possible. On the right day, one glimpse at this picture would be enough to start the tears.
Witness the beautiful moment right before mom meets baby.
Although you only see her hands, you can still feel her excitement.
Some of the images prove how cool science can be.
This is Rogers’ favorite photo. The baby came out “en caul,” or still in its amniotic sac, the protective covering that surrounds fetuses in the womb. “That moment will be hard to top!” says Rogers.
Here’s a baby being born via C-section.
It’s an astonishing medical achievement, when you really think about it.
Apparently, umbilical cords are a grayish color. Incredible, who knew?
Even though Rogers loves her job, it’s not without its struggles. She says the hardest one is having to live on-call. “I have to be OK with missing holidays, birthdays, and other important events,” she says. Luckily, she also notes that it’s “only happened a handful of times.”
Then there are the times when she to deal with red tape, which can get in the way of what she and a couple have planned. “There have been several occasions where I’ve not been allowed to accompany my clients to the OR for a C-section, for example. As a birth professional, not just a photographer, I find this to be very frustrating,” she says. In those instances, she gives the mother’s partner or nurse a quick photography lesson and sends the camera off with them. “That way I can at least include some images in the birth story, and there are no holes,” she says.
The photos sometimes offer a glimpse of the mother bonding with her baby after giving birth.
Please note the little one’s mini peace sign!
The romance comes in when you see one parent being the other’s rock.
You’re looking at ultimate #Relationshipgoals right there.
Some shots prove how versatile giving birth can be.
You don’t have to lie down, as this standing mother shows.
You can also have a water birth, if that’s what floats your baby-delivery boat.
“The best lesson I’ve learned about childbirth is that it doesn’t matter if you birth at home, in a birth center, in a hospital, vaginally, or by C-section. Birth is birth!” says Rogers. “We all work hard to bring our babies into this world, we all love them with every fiber of our being, and most importantly, in the end we all hold the same divine position as mother.” That makes her sound like exactly the type of Zen person you would want around for such a chaotic moment.
No matter the birth style, the relief on some mothers’ faces is so powerful, you can almost feel it yourself.
The best part is that families will be able to look back on these moments forever, which can potentially come in handy if a parent needs a reminder that their unruly teenager has also brought them joy.
Some of the images are wonderful because they show that moms love every single thing about their babies, even the unexpected surprises.
And they’re all awe-inspiring because they demonstrate what the human body is capable of.