Women are warriors, period – no matter where and how they birthed, whether they had babies or not. Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn’t.
Women are stronger than we know, and we find that out when we have too. And once we tap into that power, we birth our babies, we handle the challenges, we birth ourselves.
If you’re a mom, have a mom, or know a mom, there’s a chance you’re familiar with those vivid and sometimes horrifying stories being swapped back and forth between women about how they gave birth.
Here, 23 talented birth photographers share moments they’ve captured that show the truly awesome strength of women in childbirth.
Holding your partners hand seems like such a simple thing, until you are laboring and trying to birth a baby. That hand hold is your connection to each other and the transfer of love and strength. Photo credits: Jessica Piek
The incredible transformative process of mothers. Photo credits: Brittney Dahl
You can just feel her drawing strength from her husband in this moment. Photo credits: Nataliamarie Photography
Reminder that your uterus is mostly muscle. Fueling your body during labor is the same as fueling your body during exercise. Photo credits: Alejandra Prusaitis
Sometimes the strength within you is not a big fiery flame for all to see. It is just a tiny spark that whispers ever so softly, you got this, keep going. Photo credits: Dallas Fort Worth Birth Photographer
That contraction! So much power from that largest, strongest muscle we call the uterus. Photo credits: Sprout & Blossom Birth
Still in awe of this momma and the way she brought her baby into the world. Photo credits: PNW Family & Birth Photographer
In a moment like this life is perfectly complete. Photo credits: Nataliamarie Photography
They don’t call it labor for nothin’ Moms put in that work, showing their labor of love to meet their tiny humans. Photo credits: Tiny Humans Birth Doula
Look at the bump during a contraction. You can see how the uterus goes hard. Photo credits: Thebumptobabychapter/
The birth space. Support, strength, presence. Photo credits: Chelsea Hansen
Raise your hand if just by seeing this picture you can feel it! Photo credits: Danica Donnelly
Watching the look of determination come across her face as she pushed her baby into the world was priceless. She knew what needed to be done and she did it without question. Photo credits: Terra Blanchard
Some women give birth to children…but we all give birth to ideas, creativity, community, businesses, schools, and more. The possibilities are endless and I love that about us. What are you birthing these days? Photo credits: Kelly Darin Made
Mothers are moulded in the fires and experiences of childbirth. When we respect birth as a transformative experience we will learn to no longer fear it. Photo credits: TTTTTTTTT
The power in her face says it all! Photo credits: Samantha Renee Birth Photography
That wave is a strong one. Another powerful wave closer to meeting baby. Photo credits: Brodie Lea
All that you were waiting for….. Such a wondered capture! Photo credits: Ramsey Baker
Sometimes laboring makes you feel like you are loosing the battle, but you always end up winning the war. Photo credits: Samantha Renee Birth Photography
“Labor of Love. It’s a process. The pain is progress. This pain has purpose. I am pushing for a purpose. My body is capable of doing hard things. Mindset is my powerhouse. Rest in between and right back at it. Labor. It is work and intended to be so. I am mom strong. God created me to do this.” Photo credits: Brie & Blondie
In these moments her body was opening, stretching and making way to bring new life into this world. The body is truly remarkable when left unhindered. She worked so incredibly hard to meet her baby, as you can see in this image. Photo credits: Gentle Waves Birth Services
When she overcomes her fear with her strength, when her beauty is allowed to flourish undisturbed – mama’s body and baby display the miraculous! Photo credits: Hannah Norton
A shared first cry. Photo credits: Light of Mine Photography by Heather Yerden