A lot of moms and dads can remember every single moment of their child’s birth, but there are some who are simply unable to recall parts, or even all of it. It’s understandable, what with all the pushing and crying and pain. Even after it’s all done, that wash of relief can overwhelm. Luckily, there are people out there who want to make sure parents don’t miss out on those memories. Because when it comes to parenthood, there’s nothing more beautiful than meeting baby for the first time.
Bel Pangburn and River Bennett are two photographers from Sydney, Australia, who are making it their mission to immortalize those raw, precious moments right after a baby enters the world.
It began when Bennett was asked by a couple to be present at their baby’s birth. She fell in love with the experience, talked it over with Pangburn and The First Hello Project was born.
“We loved how it released the husband to be present for his wife, and not be caught up in taking pictures, and also how incredible is was to capture the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when a parent meets their child for the first time,” Bennett told Babble. “Together we have had the privilege to document some of the most incredible moments of raw emotion in birthing suites and homes around the world. We love what we get to do and, more than anything, we love that we can celebrate life.”
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Bennett and Pangburn don’t just focus on parents’ first moments or the ones leading up to it. There are other family members, like siblings and grandparents, who want to meet the babe and those moments are equally special.
What’s best is that The First Hello Project has teamed up with the Love Mercy Foundation to donate part of their profits to the construction of a much-needed maternity ward in Northern Uganda. According to the photographers, many Ugandan woman are forced to give birth at home, or on the way to the far-away hospital, making the African nation’s maternal and infant mortality rates among the highest in the world.
It’s such a beautiful project but what makes it all the more amazing is how they’re helping other mothers in another part of the world. Because while Bennett and Pangburn’s photos are wondrous and moving, childbirth is a universal thing. Whether you’re having a baby in Africa or Australia or Canada or the Philippines, the sweeping emotion that hits as a little human into the world is something every parent has in common.
“Labour is one of life’s most intense experiences. The anticipation, pain, fear and excitement clouded my ability to fully appreciate what I was going through. Seeing images of my daughter’s journey into the world after one month, one year, and now almost three years, I’m taken back to those moments and experience them in new ways. I am reminded of the strength I never knew I was capable of, the depth of emotion on my husband’s face, and that moment – the moment my little love looked up into my eyes and stole my heart.” — Lucinda (Mumma of Mari) . . . . #birth #delivery #labour #family #maternity #babyphotos #birthphotography #motherhood #fatherhood #newborn