MotherlyStories 002: Infertility is a silent struggle—and more common than you think
MotherlyStories 003: Battling breast cancer: For your family and yourself
MotherlyStories 004: Feeling the call of motherhood—and the magic of pregnancy
MotherlyStories 005: Facing grief + finding strength through pregnancy
Why we're asking for experiences, not toys
You're not doing it wrong, it's just that hard
Thank you pregnant body
To the mama who thinks she did 'nothing' today
To the mama who stays up way past her bedtime
To the girl moms
To the NICU mamas
Here's to a guilt-free summer
To the mamas who have experienced loss
Dear husband one day we'll miss this
What do new moms do all day
Marry this person
Dear postpartum body
This is: Becoming a dad
A dad is not a babysitter
To the person who falls in love with my son someday
This is: Marriage after kids
Dear Mom, I get it now
Disney Pixar's The Incredibles 2 | You are incredible, Mama
Disney Pixar's The Incredibles 2 | You are incredible, Dad
Rack Room Shoes
Baby Einstein: 7-month-old
Baby Einstein: 11-month-old
Earth Mama Organics
Baby Einstein: 8-month-old
Baby Einstein: 1-month-old
Baby Einstein: 10-month-old
Baby Einstein: 5-month-old
Baby Einstein: 3-month-old
Baby Einstein: 2-month-old
Baby Einstein: 4-month-old
Baby Einstein: 12-month-old
Baby Einstein: 6-month-old
Baby Einstein: 9-month-old
This is birth: A powerful first cry
"Sweet Addison made a big entrance. The moment in between her delivery and her first cry was powerful. Mom and dad spoke to their tiny love telling her how glad they were that she was here as the midwives worked to help her take in and release her first breath. Then came the most perfect cry that held the room captive." -Videographer Eucharisteo Films
This is birth: An adoption story
Watch the incredible moment when a family meets their newborn for the first time in the hallway of a hospital.
The videographer explains, "This experience was so different from other birth sessions. More than just the fact it was an adoption, the connection was so moving. This mother had spent months waiting for the opportunity to be Adela's mother and wondering whether it would even happen. All of the fear and excitement just melted away when she held her daughter in her arms." —Johnny TJ Cheramie of Something Southern Photography
This is birth: A hypnobirthing story
Watch this mama give birth at home while practicing hypnobirthing, which focuses on specific relaxation and calming techniques that help manage pain during labor.
"I remember how calm and relaxed the mom was. During the labor, classical music was playing and she moved to the music. I know other women who have tried hypnobirthing, and they weren't impressed, but she mastered it. I believe it's really important to not compare birth experiences. Every woman is free to express herself during labor; there is no competition, you can scream or you can be calm." - Videographer Chiara Doveri Photography Familien- und Kinderfotografie in Berlin
This is Birth: A C-section gender reveal
Watch the precious moment when this mama wakes up and finds out the gender of her baby.
"Due to some health complications, Joyous needed to have a C-section performed. One of the good unknowns with this labor was that the parents decided to not know the gender of the baby until after the birth. When they both find out, they are totally overwhelmed with emotion. It was amazing to witness their love for their newborn, and also the relief that everyone was healthy after so much uncertainty."
- Videographer K+A Films
This is birth: A midwife birth story
Watch these skilled midwives help baby Ezra take his first breath.
"The midwives were fantastic. They remained very calm and quickly grabbed the equipment needed to help Ezra breathe. The room was calm, and it was clear the midwives had everything under control. Megan calmly spoke to Ezra and gently rubbed his stomach until she heard his first cry, she then brought him up to her chest with a look of complete relief." Kailee Riches Photography
(Content warning: this film includes a tense moment before baby takes his first breath—but with skillful care, it quickly becomes clear he is perfectly healthy).
This is birth: An unmedicated hospital birth
"The moment of becoming a mother is a feeling that really can't be described. So many emotions rush to you and before you know it, you have this beautiful baby in your arms."
In this birth film, captured by Stephanie Shirley Photography, a first-time mama has an unmedicated hospital birth with her supportive husband and doula by her side.
This is Birth: A rainbow birth story
Watch this strong mama and her supportive husband work as a team to bring their rainbow baby into the world.
The videographer Rebecca Cantrelle Photography explains, "After battling infertility, loss, and a tough pregnancy—with hyperemesis gravidarum, gestational diabetes, and concerns of preeclampsia—this mama was induced on her due date. On the second day of induction, active laboring began. She finally welcomed her baby boy, Avery, at 4 a.m. on the third day! The experience was so serene, so powerful, and there was so much love."
This is birth: A boy mom story
Watch this family welcome their third boy—all, amazingly, delivered in the same hospital room—room 303. The proud big brothers will melt your heart.
"I think it's great for other women to see what different births look like—whether it's a home birth in water, a hospital birth with an epidural, a c-section, or somewhere in between—all births are beautiful, unique, and special!" - Videographer The Grays Photography
This is birth: A home waterbirth story
Watch as this sweet family of three becomes four.
Videographer for Birth Love Story on why capturing birth is important:
"The reason I find capturing birth is important I say as a client, as a mother: I married to create a family. I invested in lasting memories from my wedding day and I wanted no less from the day my babies joined our family. I wanted all the raw emotion, all the pain and tears, all the smiles and tears of joy. And I got it all. So I want all moms to have the same treasure I am lucky to have!"
This is birth: A NICU twins' journey
See the NICU through this mama's eyes, as she beautifully captures her twins' journey.
"I'm pretty sure everyone in the hospital thought I was crazy when I was wheeled in and started recording my labor. But when so much is out of your control, it's nice to have something to do. And hiding behind my camera was a comfort. There is nothing harder than leaving the hospital empty-handed, with your brand-new babies staying behind. I bawled every time I had to leave. Capturing my NICU babies on film allowed me to take a little piece of them home with me each day." - Videographer + mama Sarah Krieg Photography
This is birth: A family hospital birth
"I love how different and sweet every mama's emotions are after pulling their baby to their chest. Some are in shock, some weep, some laugh...nothing compares to that feeling of finally holding your baby in your arms!" - Videographer Alma Heirlooms
Watch this fierce mama work through the unmedicated birth of her second child with the support of her husband and firstborn.
This is birth: A delivery room gender reveal
Watch this mama welcome her 6th—but first "team green"— baby into the world!
These parents own a videography company —Eran and Aubs Photography and Videography— so dad captured the birth film himself:
"It was the first time out of 6 pregnancies that we didn't know the gender. We facetimed some family members (our children included) so they could watch the birth and find out the gender along with us... Its something that I still go back to watch often. Video and audio has a way of bringing back all of the memories of that day in a way that pictures can't do."
This is birth: An epidural birth story
This quietly beautiful birth film features a strong mama laboring in a birth center with epidural pain management.
Candice MacDonnell - Family Films and Photography says, "The thing that struck me the most was Ariel's persistence. Even though her little girl's birth didn't go quite as planned, she still gave it her all, and was a warrior in bringing her earthside. As soon as she held her baby and became a mom for the first time, I could sense her instant, overwhelming love for this tiny little human."
This is birth: An HBAC story
Watch this intense, inspiring video of a strong mama calmly catching her baby herself during her HBAC (home birth after cesarean).
"I remember how uniquely quiet it all was, as mom was using the Hypnobabies method. She said two things while I was there before birthing her son—'I'm ready to get in the tub' and 'his head is out.' Witnessing how she trusted her body so much showed me how peaceful and powerful birth can be." - Tampa Birth Photographer - Dear Little One, founder of Birth United
This is birth: A birth center story
"Birth is intense. It's beautiful. It's transformative. It's both an immense biological process AND an incredible emotional process. You can't find the same heights and depths of emotion in any other type of photography."
In this birth film, captured by Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories, this first-time mama arrived at the birth center already 8 cm dilated. She labored and delivered with her husband by her side the entire time.
This is Birth: A Home Birth Story
"Birth is not always the hurricane many times portrayed in the media; it is not a physical ailment, it is beautiful, to be respected, to be studied in a balanced way and the complications that can arise prepared for - but allowed safe space to happen naturally when things go normally; our bodies are designed perfectly for it."
- Videographer Impressions - Birth & Lifestyle Stories on the importance of sharing real representations of birth.
Watch this video of a strong, second-time mama working hard through a VBAC delivery in her home.
This is birth: A NICU birth story
After arriving 5 weeks early and spending 15 days in the NICU, we're happy to report Henry is now 8 months old and thriving. (Stick around until the end to see the cutest update photos.)
"Our culture fantasizes the perfect birth and bonding experience. When your baby is in the NICU following birth, there are so many bittersweet emotions that accompany this experience. Many mamas (including myself) have faced this situation, and yet, we see so little representation of it through media. I believe it's important to see how that love is still shown and is still felt by your baby, even when they need extra help in the NICU." - Videographer http://sma-photography.com/
This is birth: A first-time mama's hospital birth
This beautifully shot video captures the nerves and joyful anticipation of giving birth for the first time.
"Torie was realistic, strong, and leaned on her birth team throughout the experience. With every worry of 'how much longer' or 'how much harder will it be,' she was able to refocus her energy into knowing that with each surge, her baby was getting closer. Emotions were high among everyone present, and I think we all could relate to her eagerness to meet her son." - Videographer Forevermore Films
This is birth: A waterbirth story
Watch a second-time mama's peaceful water delivery in a birth center, while surrounded by her loving family.
The videographer explains, "I got a call early that morning that the mother had been laboring throughout the night. The birth was like a dance—her family supported her though each contraction. The midwife thought she was in early labor so she left to get a snack but heard her start to push and came back. The baby was born maybe 10 minutes later." — Zura Lagarde Photography