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1. "I feel like every birth is full of awe-inspiring and incredible moments, but a moment that sticks with me forever is a series of images I took of a dad meeting his son for the first time. In about five frames, I could literally see him falling in love. I've never witnessed anything more beautiful in my whole life. Its been four years...I still tear up when I see the photographs." -Ashley Marston, Ashley Marston Photography
2. "It's hard to narrow this down to just one thing. I've seen a surrogate catch her own baby. I have seen a seven-year-old support her mother in labor. I have seen dads go from tough guy to soft guy. I have seen a mother lovingly bathe her stillborn child. Every birth offers something spectacular and teaches me how to be a better human." -Leilani Rogers, Leilani Rogers Birth & Breastfeeding Photography
3. "Just about every family we have captured have been memorable because there are no scripts, no posing, just raw human emotion. But we did have one not long ago where the baby was born en caul - which means the sack hadn't broken yet. It's a 1 in 80,000 chance to see it. It was beyond amazing. There's nothing quite like seeing a baby being born. It never leaves you and we often walk away feeing so privileged to have witnessed it. Life is so precious." -Bel Pangburn, The First Hello Project
4. "I love watching kids at births. Often kids are more in tune with what the laboring person needs than some adults. Watching the first-born wipe their mom's brow or hold the mom's hand through a contraction melts my heart every time." -Morag Hastings, Apple Blossom Families
5. "One of the most incredible things I've seen as a birth photographer is something super corny to most people who haven't experienced having children, but it is seeing a mother emerge. The role of a mother is pivotal to our human race, and it never gets old to see mothers 'born' during birth." -Natalia Walth, Natalia Walth Films & Photos
6. "Truthfully, I think the most incredible thing I've experienced as a birth photographer is a transformation in how I perceive birth and how it changed my wishes for the way I wanted to birth my own kids. Last year, I photographed the birth of a mother who brought her two young sons with her to the hospital. She arrived to the hospital at 2 a.m. and rocked her sons back to sleep while she labored to 10 centimeters. I never could have believed birth in a hospital room with two toddlers could feel so calm and intimate. Her birth influenced me to choose to involve my four-year-old and six-year-old in the birth of their sibling several months ago and to have them with me was the highlight of my mothering experiences so far." -Jaydene Freund, Cradled Creations
7. "I'm blown away by every birth I attend. The strength and beauty of women during the birthing process is unmatched. I've had the honor to watch several vaginal breech births, which are increasingly rare in our country. But I truly believe that each birth is incredible." -Monet Moutrie, Monet Nicole Birthing Stories
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