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When photographer Marry Fermont first snapped an image of a baby's head making its way into the world she knew she'd caught something special. From then on, the talent behind Fermont Fotografie made a point of trying to capture as many babies halfway born as possible.
In a post on her blog Marry recently explained, "When you're at a birth, you see a baby slowly come into the world. You see it happen step by step, and the moment is unbelievable, but once the baby is out it's even more unbelievable. THAT fitted in your belly?? And it came out through that small hole (or cut, in case of a c-section)?! It's hard to believe, and that's what makes these photos so amazing."
The new mom went on to note that even though these moms' faces aren't shown in the images, the pictures are of such an intimate nature she's not always given the green light to share them with others.
Thankfully, some of her clients have agreed. Take a look at some of Marry's incredible work, which shows babies who are in the midst of being born. Naturally, the pictures include nudity.
The images made my eyes go a bit wide initially, but after viewing them my mind flashed back to when I was newly pregnant and I couldn't get my hands on enough information about birth. I watched all the videos our local library had, I poured over our site and read countless birth stories online. How great would it have been if I could have seen this photo series?
It's so rare we get to see such up-close photos of the reality of birth, and I know I would have felt empowered after viewing them. For better or worse, I tend to develop an if-someone-else-can-do-it-so-can-I attitude. The knowledge and visual proof other women have made it through bringing new life into the world gave me confidence that I, too, would find a way.
Thanks to Marry Fermont of Fermont Fotografie for sharing her incredible work with us. You can also connect with her on Facebook.
This post was originally published on Oct 26, 2015. It was updated and republished December 4, 2017.
Opinions expressed by parent contributors are their own.