These Stunning Birth Photos Show What A Beautiful Mess Labour Really Is

Warning: Graphic images and nudity

Birth. It's not pretty. But it's pretty damn amazing.

And for this very reason, countless mothers and families hire a birth photographer to document their labour each year. Whether it's a home birth, a water birth in your living room, or an emergency C-section, every entrance to the world is as amazing as it is terrifying, frightening, and life-changing. 

So, having a photographer who can successfully do justice to this momentous and nerve-wracking experience is nothing short of a miracle. 

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has announced the winners of their 2017 Image of the Year competition, and it's nothing short of stunning. 

Here are some of our favorites from the competition.

Warning: Nudity and graphic scenes

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