With baby nestled to their body from fresh out of the womb, this new parent captures the soft, gentle, and raw aspects of new life.
Post Home Birth Self Portrait, Cherie Seah @earthshinedoula Awarded first place in the Postpartum category
The past few years have been especially difficult on birthing people and new parents, from navigating incredibly stressful safety decisions, to the sudden switch to majority telehealth and virtual care, to the installment of difficult and sometimes upsetting restrictions within birthing spaces, and beyond. We often talk about how labor and postpartum typically include a mixture of both hard and joyful moments, intensity and beauty. While there is much change that must continue to be advocated for to provide parents with the support they need and deserve, even within these challenging times these images highlight that there is so much beauty to be found.
The judges for this season's competition had some special words for the following images, all of which were honored in the Judge’s Choice category:
“I chose this image because of the resounding symbolism it carries. These hands represent all of our ancestors that have walked this Earth before us, that have birthed on this Earth before us. These hands remind us all that we are never alone and the spirits beyond are always seeking to guide us, if we choose to surrender to them and listen."
“I chose this photo because of representation. So many times we’re told that large bodies can’t have babies without intervention. That we’re high risk and not worth the risk at the same time. This photo is strength personified and an ode to all birthing people in large bodies. Our bodies can birth.”
“I fell in love with this image I chose- from the warm tone, composition to the glow of the lights in the birth pool. “The Whole World in My Hands” really made me feel that wholeness in a very gentle and complete way.”
“I chose 'Are You My Mother?' as my judge’s choice pick because it is a true piece of art. I love the colors and the lighting. And I am absolutely captivated by the cute little face of the baby! I want to know what thoughts are going on inside that head!”
This year, we added an Audience Choice category for the first time ever! Nine gorgeous images were shared with our audiences across email and social media and over 800 people cast their votes. The winner was...
From the details of the headboard, to the tattoos, to the gentle touch one mom places on the other's head, to the gentle touch one mom places on baby's cheek — this image is full of peace and love.
In total, Everyday Birth Magazine received over 300 images from over 60 photographers around the world and within the US this spring/summer season. In an industry that has been impacted for generations by a lack of diversity behind the lens, it's significant to us to say that nearly half of the photographers who have joined us this season come from underrepresented communities and experiences, including but not limited to: Black, Latine, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, and disabled. All of the photographers who submitted have created incredible work highlighting what are often underrepresented images + stories.
Inequity in reproductive healthcare is a complex issue that needs to be confronted from many angles. Expanding representation through images of who gives birth — and where, and how, and with whom — this is a part of equity work.
Explore all the images that received recognition this season here.
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