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    46 A hospital delivery without pain medication of a second child. Includes a photo of the placenta.
    21 A hospital delivery of a second child with an epidural. Includes a video of the birth.
    15 A delivery of a first child at a naval hospital.
    13 A 47 hour unmedicated hospital birth with a doula in attendance.
    17 A natural hospital birth with a doula assisting.
    70 A first time mom's membranes rupture and the contractions that follow do not cause cervical change. Her labor is augmented with Pitocin, and mom labors without any drugs or anesthesia, but with the help of two doulas.
    7 A home waterbirth with a midwife, who is also the laboring mom's mother, in attendance.
    3 A scared first time mom gets medication and an epidural. No photos of labor or the actual birth, only immediately afterwords. Birth story included.
    8 A mom has an unmedicated delivery of her sixth child in a hospital in Canada.
    16 A mom has an unmedicated delivery of her seventh child in a hospital in Canada.
    19 A doula, expecting her second child, finds out at a prenatal visit with her midwife that she is dilated to 7cm! Nervous, she makes an appointment for her midwife to come to her home that evening and rupture her membranes in attempt to get labor started. It works and mom delivers in her own home in a pool just an hour and a half later!
    16 A homebirth with a midwife of a first time mother.
    28 Mom's membranes rupture at home at 37.5 weeks gestation. With only irregular contractions following, mom's labor is augmented with prostiglandin gel and pitocin. Mom gets an epidural and delivers a surprisingly small baby.
    63 A planned homebirth goes over 42 weeks and the amniotic fluid becomes dangerously low, so mom goes to the hospital for an induction. Despite desiring a "pure" birth, or one without any interventions, mom accepts many interventions for the health of her baby. Mom bravely delivers after two days of induction without pain medication.
    10 A 17 year old gives birth with a doula in a hospital without any pain medication. Includes a text birth story.
    19 A vaginal delivery with an epidural in a Naval Medical Center.
    30 A first time mom delivers at a birthing center with a doula (who is also her sister). Includes pictures of the delivery of the placenta, and an extreme closeup of the baby fully crowned.
    34 A second time mom chooses a waterbirth in a hospital with a midwife. Her husband, 2 1/2 year old daughter, mother, and doula also help out. Includes photos of both sides of the placenta after delivery.
    12 A mom chooses a waterbirth in the comfort of her own home.
    29 A doula chooses to have her baby in the comfort of her home. The baby is born in the caul, a sign in many cultures that the baby will have a blessed life and be blessed with "second sight". An unusual occurance, and yet here it is beautifully photographed.
    43 A birthing center birth with the help of Jennifer Harris CD(DONA), a doula. Mom labors in a tub, delivers on the bed, slight shoulder dystocia occurs.
    10 A doula has her third baby in a hospital with a midwife, her husband, and two doulas in attendance. Mom's first baby was born with a 3rd degree episiotomy. Her second baby was born without pushing (mom stood up and baby crowned immediately) which resulted in a 3rd degree tear. This baby was between posterior and transverse during labor, and rotated visually almost 180 degrees while crowned and on the perineum.
    25 A midwife gives birth to her first baby in a hospital after laboring at home for the majority of her labor. Mom's membranes rupture during her Bradley childbirth preparation class, about 24 hours before mom feels like labor has progressed enough that it's time to go to the hospital. No internals are performed until mom begins spontaneously pushing, 2 1/2 hours after admission.
    44 A doula chooses to give birth for the 3rd time in her home with the help of a direct entry midwife (DEM). Mom's three daughters have the option of attending. The two year old sleeps throughout the birth, but the 5 year old wakes up for a few minutes towards the end of the birth, and again in time to announce the sex! The 14 year old woke up in time to watch her mom begin pushing, and even helped the midwife with some charting! To help them, mom and dad have also hired two doulas as well as invited two of mom's sisters to join them!
    57 A mom has her first baby in a hospital with her husband's support. Mom receives IV pain medication. Includes photos of the placenta being delivered.
    40 A mom has her second baby naturally in a hospital with her husband's support. A leboyer bath is given after the birth. Includes photos of the placenta being delivered.
    30 A mom gives birth naturally to a 10 pound 9 ounce baby in a hospital with her husband's support as well as her first baby. A leboyer bath is given after the birth. Includes photos of the placenta being delivered.
    41 Mom gives birth to her third baby, a breech baby, completely unmedicated and without intervention (no episiotomy, no IV, no forceps, etc). The doctor's face has been blurred as per request.
    48 Mom, who is also an experienced doula and childbirth educator, gives birth to her 7th baby at home with her entire family, midwife, and several doulas. Placenta prints are done after the birth, and mom tandem nurses!
    15 Mom, who is also an experienced doula and childbirth educator, gives birth to her 6th baby in a birthing center with her family, doulas, and midwife. A true knot is in the cord. Photos of the placenta being born.
    7 An unmedicated birth. Crowning shots only, no labor photos.
    20 One of my personally favorite births on my site. A beautiful home waterbirth with a 5th child while 4 older sisters watch on. Beautiful story, beautiful pictures.
    8 A surrogate mom gives birth with the help of an epidural 45 minutes before the parents can arrive.
    5 A mom gives birth to her first child at home. Only pushing/crowning shots, no pictures labor or after the birth.
    12 A mom gives birth to her first baby in a hospital with her husband's help.
    29 A mom has a homebirth for her second child with her family, a midwife, midwife's assistant, and doula helping her. Includes pictures of her belly painting, belly cast, and henna belly tattoo.
    47 A mom has a homebirth VBAC in her bathtub with her two children present. These photos are a combination of photographs and images taken from a video camera. When the video images are in black and white, that's because mom is in almost complete darkness and the "night vision" option is being used on the video camera.
    23 The black and white photos of a homebirth with a midwife. Includes photographs of the placenta delivery.
    3 Three pictures of an unmedicated birth.
    16 A mom is induced in the hospital and delivers her posterior baby with the help of an epidural.
    8 A baby is born in a hospital with an epidural. He comes out with a nuchal hand as well as a nuchal cord.
    24 A mom gives birth at home into the hands of the father while their two older children watch.
    8 A mom gives birth to her first baby, a boy, with the help of an epidural and an episiotomy in a hospital.
    18 A mom has her second baby at home on all fours with her husband and the help of a midwife and doula.
    44 A baby girl is born at 23 weeks weighing only 1 pound 2 ounces. She loses her fight for life at 2 days of age. Includes pictures after her death as well as funeral pictures.
    44 A hospital birth with her husband, a midwife, and doula. A squat bar is used. Includes pictures of the placenta being delivered.
    41 A homebirth of a fifth child. Includes pictures of the placenta being delivered, and of older siblings meeting the baby just moments after its arrival. Inlcludes video.
    10 A "pure birth" of a first baby in a hospital. Only interventions are two vaginal exams which mom requested.
    22 A VERY fast homebirth VBAC waterbirth - this mom's second homebirth VBAC waterbirth.
    5 A home waterbirth, dad cuts the cord.
    19 Photos taken from the video Special Women of many different births.
    10 More photos taken from the video Special Women, of a more graphic nature.
    7 A mom delivers in a hospital with an internal fetal monitor.
    E A mom gives birth to her daughter at home in water.
    E A mom's 3rd birth, a planned homebirth, transferred due to high blood pressure after about 5 hours of labor. Upon arrival, her blood pressure is below her baseline! It stays normal throughout the birth, but she was already at the hospital so she chose to stay. This is a natural birth in the high risk ward.
    E A mom gives birth to a vaginal breech in the hosital.
    E "Mattox Birth". A vaginal birth of a doula in a hospital.
    E Photos of a birth where the baby is born "in the caul", or born with the membranes still intact. They rupture as the baby's body is being born.
    E Photos of a homebirth in the water.
    E Mom gives birth at home in the water to her second child.
    E "Niel's Birth". A vaginal homebirth with big sister in attendance, mom tandem breastfeeds.
    E A mom delivers her baby in a hospital with an epidural and the help of a vacuum extractor.
    E A beautiful water homebirth - great pictures of the birth as well as placenta and new baby!
    E GORGEOUS pictures of a home waterbirth - daddy catches baby.
    E Homebirth with awesome crowning and birth pictures - celebratory bath is given with flowers to the baby after the birth.
    E Mom gives birth at home kneeling and leaning onto a chair - celebratory bath is given with flowers to the baby after the birth.
    E WOW! A home double footling-breech birth...incredible pictures! A celebratory bath is given with flowers to the baby after the birth.
    E FOURTEEN BIRTHS! This is a commercial site, but on this page there are 14 births in photographs for you to flip through. Not all births are graphic, but I'm putting these under graphic births because some of them are.
    E A mom gives birth quickly to her second child in a hospital...almost delivers on the toilet.
    E A Russian birth - interesting to see some of the differences (such as moving to a delivery bed) as well as the similarities.
    E A complete breech birthed vaginally in a hospital.
    E A very medically managed vaginal breech birth.
    E A twin VBAC at home with the second twin presenting breech! What a treat to see this birth!
    E A footling homebirth of a third baby.
    E A frank breech baby is born vaginally at home.
    E A home waterbirth - baby is born in the caul (although there are no pictures of the baby out while in the caul)
    E A vaginal delivery of a breech baby...given the very graphic rating for the close up and very extensive episiotomy, the amount of blood, the clarity of the images, and the manner in which the birth was very medicalized (forcepts delivery of the head, etc). No obvious fetal difficulties are shown...this rating was mostly for the episiotomy.
    E One of the most beautiful births I have ever seen posted. This is "the Birth of Grey Forest Walt", an outdoor birth.
    1 A single picture of a birth - head is already out, and anterior shoulder is being born. Baby is born with a nuchal hand.
    1 A picture of baby with a mentum anterior position AND a face presentation "crowning" (or is it called "facing" in this instance?) Very few births have a face presentation..and of those that DO, 98% are birthed via cesarean.
    1 A single photo of membranes - still intact and thus full of fluid - bulging significantly out of mom.
    1 This photo demonstrates how an intact perineum can perform the heimleich maneuver on a baby.
    3 A homebirth VBAC for a third time mom.
    13 A hospital birth of a third baby - it's a boy!
    22 A mom has an unmedicated VBAC in the hospital, with her sister acting as her doula.


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