LIFE
22/10/2016 5:09 AM AEDT

30 Birth Photos That Show Pure, Beautiful Love

So moving.

No matter how a baby’s birth unfolds ― whether it’s a first-time mom having a C-section, or a third-time mother fighting through a labor that lasts two full days ― childbirth is hard and it is messy.

But in between all the, well, laboring are moments of love. Love between partners, love between families and doctors, doulas and midwives, and that very special love when parents and babies lock eyes for the very first time. 

Here, talented birth photographers share photos they’ve captured that celebrate those moments of pure joy and connection in childbirth.