It was another fabulous year for birth across Canada. Women are becoming educated about options available to them in the birth room and more families are choosing to hire professional birth photographers. Likewise, more photographers are choosing to photograph births and are spreading inspiring birth stories in their cities and provinces. Popular trends in birthing rooms this year have included dad's catching their babies, more family centered cesareans that encourage immediate skin-to-skin in the OR and the use of clear drapes so mom's can see their baby's birth. Enjoy looking through this collection of images that show us just how incredible the birth journey is.
Canadian Birth Photographers currently lists 120 photographers that specialize in capturing birth stories through photos and film. Find a birth photographer near you by clicking here.
She dreamed of having her baby in water even though she didn’t know anyone who had birthed at home. After a very long labour she made it happen with sheer determination. Witnessing how her birth and the pictures she has of it have given her strength for her new life with her baby makes this my favourite picture of the year. This is part of an ongoing project which I began this year photographing young moms choosing to give birth with a local midwifery clinic. | Cat McAteer