There are some that have made their way across the internet in recent years, but these particular birth photographs are particularly unique: They were shot by the mother delivering the baby.
Instead of hiring someone to be an extra body in the delivery room during one of her most intimate life moments, Lauren Chenault decided that she was the person most qualified to memorialize her birth experience.
The 24-year-old mom is also a photographer (operating as ) based in New York. Chenault gave birth to her second child, son Kai Arthur, on January 31, and was able to capture gorgeous images during and after her labor.
The photographer had planned to photograph the birth of her first child (1-year-old Kailah) as well, , but she hadn't realized at the time that she'd need to hold back her own legs during labor. For the birth of her second baby, she was prepared, enlisting friends to hold her legs back so she could balance her camera on her chest to take the pictures from her own POV.
Any is probably wondering how Chenault managed to keep it together enough to focus and frame her images so well. According to Chenault, it wasn't easy, but it was well worth it to show the strength of women.
"I wanted to photograph my own birth to show how powerful women are," . "I'm able to grow a human inside me and push it out, so I wanted to document it. It was amazing capturing them; I wasn't even looking at what I was doing with the camera, I just kept snapping hoping that I got it." One of her friends told her to get her camera ready when the baby was coming since Chenault's eyes had been closed while pushing, .
I think it's safe to say that the new mom nailed it.