For a brief moment, some babies exist in a space seemingly between the womb and the world. Take a look at some of the incredible images photographer Melissa Cate has captured while attending water births, including one newborn partially still inside the amniotic sac!
Opening up about two births that stand out from the 105 she’s photographed thus far, Melissa told us, “I had the opportunity to photograph the water birth of a breech baby at home in August 2012. It was the most peaceful, serene birth I’ve ever attended! The mom calmly pushed her baby out, and it was so beautiful to witness a baby be born in such an unusual way.”
“I’ve also had the privilege of photographing two sets of twins, both sets born at home in the water. One set of twins I photographed was such an easy, fast birth, the dad was out of the room gathering all the siblings when the second baby slipped right out into the water. He walked back into the room to two babies, and he was pretty surprised he missed the second birth in just the two minutes he was out of the room!”