After doing an amazing maternity photo shoot in an abandoned factory, the gorgeous mother-to-be asked me to document the birth of her daughter. As birth photography intrigued me for quite some time, I eagerly agreed. Three weeks later I found myself in a hospital watching a woman become a mother.
Nothing could have prepared me for the raw beauty of giving birth I was to witness for the six hours to come. It was a beautiful journey filled with so many different emotions: from extreme pain to determination, and from despair to utter relief and instant love. Capturing each image filled my heart with pure joy, and I am very grateful I got the chance to tell the story through a series of images.
The result: a striking, raw, black-and-white series showing the miracle of birth, from the first contractions to the first time breastfeeding.
You can check out my previous post of pregnancy photographs here.
All images (c) 2016 Martijn van Oers