Happy man and woman with newborn baby in birthing tub

Photo credit: Nurturing Doula Photography
Water alleviates the pain of childbirth naturally. So it makes sense that many women crave being submerged in a birthing tub during labor, while transitioning, or even when giving birth. Regardless of what stage of the birth story you capture, the photos that document water births are powerful and beautiful.

We’ve collected some incredible water birth photos that showcase the peacefulness of water birth, the power of a woman, and the wonder of baby’s first few moments after birth.

Check out this midwife in the making: About 40 minutes after this photo was taken, this big sister caught her baby sister and handed her to her mother. Absolutely incredible! | Jo Robertson Wales, UK

pregnant woman laboring in tub
Sometimes, in the midst of it all, we forget that we’re in control. Sometimes all that’s needed is a quiet nudge, a subtle reminder: You are enough. | Maple Hollow Photography, Colorado

woman giving birth in water
This little one was born at home right into Daddy’s waiting hands.| Vi-Photography, The Netherlands

This birth was a family affair as this momma came in and out of the bathtub and worked to bring her baby earthside, lovingly supported by her husband and children. | Eva Rose Birth

little girl helping mommy as she labors in birthing tub
This momma had the best helper – her 5-year-old daughter. Any time Mum was vocal during a surge, her daughter looked around the room at each person on their birthing team. Since nobody was panicking, she was able to make that connection that this was normal and her Mum was totally fine. She was so excited to watch her little sister being born. | Natural Focus Birth Photography, Australia

Born into the water, baby and momma rested comfortably together, getting to know each other all over again. | Sherida Rae Photography, British Columbia

You couldn’t wipe the smile off this new momma’s face after bringing her sweet babe into her arms. That oxytocin rush is like no other. | Nurturing Birth Doula & Photography, Alaska

newborn baby under water
A beautiful, hands-off birth. This little one was birthed into the water, directly into their mother’s hands. | Dora Barens Geboortefotografie, The Netherlands

shocked mother with newborn in birthing tub
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This Momma’s face says it all: That moment when you realize you finally did it is so special! This babe was birthed at home, surrounded by family and a supportive birthing team. | Rivkah Leah Birth Doula & Photographer, Arizona

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