When it comes to giving birth, there’s no “right” or “wrong” plan. Some women opt for home births, some choose hospitals, and others want a water birth. While some experts believe ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀɪɴɢ in a tub of water can lower sᴛʀᴇss, reduce ᴘᴀɪɴ, and prevent tearing, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists cautions that this practice is perhaps best for the first stage of ʟᴀʙᴏʀ, since the effects of a water birth when it comes time to push and ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀ haven’t been fully studied.
Still, many moms choose this path and ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀ healthy babies. Below are some of the stunning, raw photos that show what a water birth really looks like.
A couple just moments before adding a new member to their family. (Danica Donnelly Family & Birth Photographer)
Heeeeey little bb! (Ashley Marston Birth & Lifestyle/Documentary Photography)
Hugs all around. (Danica Donnelly Family & Birth Photographer)
Sharing an emotional embrace during labor. (Danica Donnelly Family & Birth Photographer)
A striking aerial view of the birthing tub. (Ashley Marston Birth & Lifestyle/Documentary Photography)
Baby’s first breaths. (Capturing Joy Birth Services)
A cozy family portrait. (KE Documentary)
OMG those cheeks! (KE Documentary)
The look on that dad’s face, though! (KE Documentary)