The pictures were taken by photographer Marry Fermont, who thinks there’s ‘nothing more special’ than capturing these moments
Being born must be a strange sensation for babies. All those months spent curled up, cramped in a confined space – and suddenly they’ve got room to stretch.
One photographer is capturing ‘baby’s first picture’ a bit differently, by putting themback into the position they were in inside the womb.
Marry Fermont, from the Netherlands, studied midwifery before becoming a birth photographer.
She explains how the idea to snap babies in this position first came to her: “When I documented my first birth, it was the midwife who showed the parents how the baby was positioned in the womb.
“I loved this photo so much and I noticed it was so nice for the parents to see!
“You see the baby coming out, but once they are out it’s so hard to imagine that they were ever inside of you. This gives you a little idea how it fitted.
“Since I documented my first birth (2011) I often ask the midwife to hold the baby like this (if the baby’s temperature is good and there is time).
“Parents see the photos I take and a lot of them request this photo.”
Marry says she gets a lot of requests for this photograph from new parents, but not all dads dare to do it.
But it’s a little more special when the dads do it, according to the photographer.
She said: “It has been in the mum’s belly for so long and after nine months his child fits exactly in his hand like it was in the belly. Nothing more special if you ask me.
“You get a lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ once it’s shown to them. They love to see how their baby actually fitted.”
Marry is now a mother herself after giving birth to a baby girl in July. She had documented 99 births – and her own daughter was the 100th baby photographed in this womb position.
Although this time, Marry was the mum and her colleague Lobke Koppens was doing the work.
She added: “Now that I am a mother myself, it made me realise even more how important photos are.
“Not only to remember one of the most special moments in your life, but also to process the birth and everything that happened.
“I look at the photos a lot and I am sure it is so cool for Liv when she grows up to look back and see how much her parents enjoyed having her!”