This moving photograph captures the exhilaration of a mother as her baby son is placed into her arms for the first time.
Natalie Bancroft, from Spokane Valley, in Washington, cannot conceal her joy after delivering the 11lbs 2oz baby with ‘no interventions’ in a water birth at her home.
Natalie, who asked Laura Fifield to capture the memorable moment, had not expected an ’11 pounder’ according to the photographer, who shared the picture on her website.
It drew a flood of responses, with one woman describing the picture as ‘worth a thousand words’.
Natalie Bancroft (pictured above with newborn baby Simon), from Spokane Valley in Washington, was photographed right after giving birth – and the picture speaks a thousand words
‘With no interventions, internal exams and no tearing she safely delivered their 11lb 2oz baby home at home,’ Laura, who has been described as a ‘birth photography ninja’, wrote on her site.
She also shared the picture on her Facebook page, where one user wrote: ‘They always say a picture is worth a thousand words and this is beautiful.
‘What an amazing moment and emotion to capture and be able to look back for years to come and see exactly how you felt…’
Another said: ‘I can’t get enough of this photo! Her reaction is the absolute best. Reminds me of how I felt after my home birth.’
A third user: ‘I’m in love with this picture. And Good Lord, that’s a big baby!!! Congrats, Mama. You did it!!’
The photographer takes a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ approach and likes to quietly and quickly document all aspects of a birthing story.
Natalie (above beforehand) asked photographer Laura Fifield to capture the special moment
Natalie, already a mother of two, wanted her family to be present for the birth and so her older children were there to see their little brother’s arrival.
Laura says that after a few pushes, she had a baby boy, which was came as a surprise as the family hadn’t found out the gender beforehand.
People have taken to Facebook to comment on the pictures of Natalie (pictured before the birth) and say her reaction is ‘amazing’
Laura writes: ‘Once he was out we could tell he was a little chunker! Natalie and her husband were immediately in love with their new son.
‘Once Simon was born, Natalie moved from where the birth pool was into the comfort of her bed.
‘Imagine the surprise when her midwife announced ‘He’s 11lbs, 2oz Natalie!’. Oh my goodness, we were all shocked!
‘Her Spokane home birth was so empowering. With no interventions, internal exams and no tearing she safely delivered their 11lb 2oz baby home at home.’