Birth Pictures from All Types of Labor and Delivery

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New Baby - Water Birth Picture

This baby is shown just after a water birth.
Photo (c) E. Vest

Looking at birth pictures are one way that women prepare for their upcoming labor and delivery. What will it look like when you give birth to your baby? Who will be there? What will the room look like? These are all things that you have at least a bit of control over.

You can alter the environment with your birth plan. You can think about it in terms of how to create the ideal birth space. Do you need to have certain things with you like a favorite photo, a pillow, or your clothes? These are all familiar items to help you feel more at home, particularly if you are giving birth in a hospital.

Some hospitals have requirements for what you can and cannot bring. For example, you probably can't bring candles with flames, but you could make substitutions. One such substitution would be the electronic flickering, flameless candles.

Until then, you can look through these images from various labors and see what other moms chose to have surrounding them for comfort in childbirth.

This baby is shown just after a water birth.

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Birth Pictures - Water Birth

Newborn Baby Girl just after a Water Birth
Photo (c) S. Meeuwissen

This baby girl was born at 37 weeks gestation and weighed 6 lbs 1 oz. Her mother had a water birth. Some hospital and birth center policies will prohibit water births, but allow you to labor in water tubs, or they are restricted based on the length of your pregnancy and potentially other complications.

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40 Weeks Pregnant 1st Baby in Labor

40 Weeks Pregnant 1st Baby in Labor
Belly measured 52 inches around that week and baby was born a few hours later!. Photo © D. Stafford

Having someone hold you, even standing up can be a great source of relief in labor. This position is upright, allowing gravity to help the baby be born. It can also help you assume a slow dancing position where you can listen to music and sway for pain relief. 

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This is a baby just born!

This is a baby just born!
Photo (c) J. Yoder

This is a baby just born! Normally the baby will go directly to the mother's chest to stay warm and begin the skin to skin bonding time that is so good for mom and baby.​

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A Baby at Birth

birth picture at 37 weeks
37 weeks gestation, 6 lbs 5 oz. Photo (c) R. Desantiago

This baby is only half born, notice the slight blood near the baby's shoulders? There is not always a lot of blood like you might assume. Some births have no blood before the placenta is born.

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Newborn Baby

Newborn Baby!
Photo (c) K. Harrell

Just born baby, seconds after birth! The baby is being handed to the mother for some long awaited snuggling.

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Umbilical Cord - Newborn Photo

This baby is just seconds old. This is right after birth, you can see the umbilical cord is still at
Photo (c) Mike, Sylinda, and Meagan Asher

This baby is just seconds old. This is right after birth, you can see the umbilical cord is still attached. She was born at 38 weeks gestation and weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces. Delayed cord clamping is now becoming the norm because of the benefits to the baby.

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Just a Few Minutes Old

New baby just minutes after birth!
Photo (c) RE Weiss

New baby just minutes after birth!

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42 Weeks Pregnant in Labor

42 Weeks Pregnant in Labor
Photo © Elizabeth

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Labor Support by Dad

Labor Support for Ocho
Holding on to labor support. Photo (c) K. Weiss

Having someone to hug and hold on to can help to relieve pain and fear in labor. Sometimes you just need to know what to say to a laboring woman. There are also some things that you should not say in labor.

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Birth Pictures - Early Labor

Resting in early labor.
Resting in early labor. Photo (C) RE Weiss

Resting in early labor can give you the energy that you need to go on when things pick up.

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Pushing with Twins

Giving birth to twins - pushing.
Photo (c) RE Weiss

Giving birth to twins - pushing. Pushing is really hard work, but so worth it.

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Birth Pictures - Birth Ball

Birth Ball for Ocho's Labor
Birth Ball for Labor. Photo (c) K. Weiss

Using a birth ball for labor can be very relaxing and help alleviate labor pain.

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Birth Pictures - Relaxing in Labor

Robin relaxes between contractions.
Robin relaxes between contractions. Photo (c) RE Weiss

You can absolutely relax in labor. In fact, relaxing, particularly between contractions, can help you save up enough energy to get through labor.

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Upright Position in Labor

Using an upright position to take away labor pain.
Photo (c) RE Weiss

Using an upright position to take away labor pain.

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Birth Pictures - Tears in Labor

Tears in Labor
Crying in Labor. Photo (c) K. Weiss

Sometimes crying can help release your fear and other emotions in labor.

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Big Baby After Water Birth

Newborn baby
Photo (c) Robin Elise Weiss

This baby was born after a water birth. She weighed 10 pounds 2 ounces.

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Brand New Baby

Newborn baby
Photo (c) RE Weiss

This baby is just minutes old.

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Vacuum Birth Pictures

Baby's head molded after vacuum extraction.
Baby's head molded after vacuum extraction. Photo (c) Victoria

Baby's head molded after vacuum extraction.

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Newborn Baby Twin Girls

Brand New Twin Girls
Photo (c) K. Weiss

Brand New Twin Girls at Birth

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