Breathtaking Pictures Capture the Miracle of Birth, First Moments Outside Womb

International   Steven Ertelt   Dec 23, 2013   |   2:50PM    London, England

A top photographer was given access to Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark where she was able to capture some breathtaking pictures of the miracle of birth and the first seconds of human life.

Suste Bonnen followed 22 caesarean operations on the maternity ward and says her pictures, although some may see them as “graphic” are meant to be a “testimony to the magical wonder of life.”

The London Daily Mail carried the story and the amazing photos:

A photographer has captured the wondrous, miraculous moment of birth – in all its raw and unglamourised glory.

Taken before a mother has seen her baby for the first time these amazing photographs show the reality of how we all enter this world.

The warts and all pictures are the work of respected Danish photographer Suste Bonnen who was given unprecedented access to mothers while they were in labour.

Suste said: ‘A life-long theme for my portrait photography has always been the affection and love displayed between a mother and daughter, a father and a son, a brother and a sister.

‘I have portrayed heads of states, politicians, celebrities and CEOs, but family is what have always interested me the most.

‘What suddenly intrigued me, however, was if that feeling of love for life was detectable at first eyesight. What are we emotionally like at the earliest stage in life? What are we like at the very first second?

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Compelling: Ms Bonnen said she wanted to show the emotion of birth as a mother set eyes on her child for the first time

Miracle: The thought-provoking series of photographs show birth in excruciating detail