Strength - Fairbanks Birth Photographer

Occasionally, I get the opportunity to submit images to publications.  I was responding to a request from a journalist who was compiling a piece on the incredible strength of women during birth, and I had a thought: even if I'm lucky, only ONE of these images will be published.  And every single one of them is incredible.  

And so I decided to put them together here on the blog.  I do have to note that this brief collection is by no means a comprehensive survey of the strength I have witnessed in birth spaces.  Every birth I've ever attended has been a display of grace, strength, and determination.  

I'm reminded of a quote I've seen making the rounds recently: "The way a society views a pregnant and birthing woman reflects how that society views women as a whole.  If women are considered weak in their most powerful moments, what does that mean?"  (Marcie Maxari)

Birth truly is a powerful moment.