There are few life experiences glossed over more than childbirth. It is something branded beautiful and life-affirming for parents, but at the same time it is violent, messy and painful.
For almost five years, photographer and mom Leilani Rogers has been taking stunning images of birth in its many forms — home births, hospital deliveries, water births, C-sections and more.
‘Birth is considered by many to be a private matter,’ Leilani told The Huffington Post. ‘And yet, it is this amazing thing that we should be teaching our children about and celebrating.
‘So I think people view these photos as equal parts enlightening and fascinating.’
Among the photos are women going through water birth, some of babies having their first cuddles with their crying mother straight after the event and others of new babies getting cleaned up to come home.