When you’re in the early stages of pregnancy, it’s not that difficult to imagine how your baby might fit in the womb. After all, your baby is only the size of a lima bean, grape, or avocado, so there’s plenty of room to spare.
As your baby grows, however, you may be left wondering how on earth it all fits in there. Even as your bump expands, there doesn’t seem to be enough room for your stomach (heartburn, anyone?) or bladder (aka, your baby’s stress ball).
As you’re nearing the end of the pregnancy, there isn’t much space for your baby to even stretch the legs, and you’re unlikely to feel the fetal acrobatics you did in the second trimester.
Once you have your baby in your arms and you get over the shock of how ever you managed to create somebody so perfect, you probably might wonder how it’s possible that this fully grown baby was inside you just moments ago. There just isn’t enough room, surely?
But babies really do fit, quite neatly! And Dutch birth photographer and midwife Marry Fermont has the answer.
She has photographed over 100 births and has a pretty unique selling point. Along with the traditional birth shots you might expect, Fermont likes to snap a shot of the baby to show how she fit inside the womb.
At the very first birth she attended, the midwife showed the new parents exactly how their baby had been positioned in the womb. This unique perspective allowed the parents to see just how the baby was in there, which is pretty hard to imagine once they’re out. Ever since then, Fermont has been photographing midwives holding newborn babies this way.
Sometimes it’s the new dads who get to recreate this pregnancy shot, with a little help from the midwife.
The Miracle Of Pregnancy
These photos not only answer the important question of how the baby fit in the womb but they also pay homage to the miracle of pregnancy. These stunning photographs are a beautiful keepsake of pregnancy, showing the position baby would have been in just hours before, safely nestled in the womb.
It’s also a great way of bridging that gap between pregnancy and motherhood. The photos are beautiful, and don’t the babies look adorably squishy and soft, expertly held in the caring arms of their midwives?
Many women feel supported and cared for during labor, and this photograph is a great way of remembering your midwife too. But the photographs featuring the new fathers are probably the best simply because they capture the overwhelming love and pride on the father’s face.