A serene water birth story told in photos

August 9 |
All photos by Emma Williams.
I'm absolutely a fan of birth photography — I think having a professional photographer document something as momentous as your child (or children's!) birth is an awesome thing to do. When Emma Williams sent over a birth she shot a few months ago, I knew it would be a perfect feature for you guys. Says Emma:

This little one's beautiful, peaceful water birth and the strength of an amazing woman, who gracefully handled more than 30 hours of labour and a husband who breathed with her through it all, completely reenergized me.

Elmslie's birth unfolded so naturally, overseen by an extraordinary team of midwives.

I am absolutely in love with these two! This photo took my breath away:

Cute detail: the baby's bed is all ready, complete with a photo mobile.

Oh girl. THAT FACE. Am I the only one mentally cheering her on? I'm all "you can do it!" in my head, and I know how this ends.

This! I love this! Her face is priceless, so filled with wonder.

Nom nom nom, sweet baby hands.

… and everyone's happy.

You can see the entire birth at Emma Williams's blog.

  1. Thank you so much! We can't afford a photographer for the birth, so the midwives have volunteered to take some pictures for us, but I crave the sheer amount of artistic light balance and subject sensibility that Emma Williams shows here. Beautiful!

  2. Beautiful. Makes me jealous, actually. We were planning a homebirth in March (with the same midwife, coincidentally), but ended up in the hospital with an emergency c-section. It is so wonderful to see how her birth unfolded and to hope we might be able to have something similar if we are lucky enough to have another.

  3. Beautiful photos! I would love to have a photographer present when I have children! It is absolutely priceless to have these photos!

  4. Wow. This is exactly how I want my birth story to be.

  5. Emma is an absolutely amazing photographer, she has such a calm and unintrusive way of working, and shes a mom too, she KNOWS whats going on there in a way only another mom can know… she was made for this kind of work, she lives and breathes it, and the results speak for themselves.

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