Beautiful photos show newborn babies positioned as they were in the womb Beautiful photos show newborn babies positioned as they were in the womb
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... Beautiful photos show newborn babies positioned as they were in the womb

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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.

Curled up: The babies are pictured how they would have looked inside the womb

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!

Tiny: The photos are taken shortly after the babies are born

“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).

Fatherly love: Marry says she finds it most special when dads get to hold them the way their mother has

“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.

Marry got the idea from a midwife showing new parents how their baby looked before being born

Marry got the idea from a midwife showing new parents how their baby looked before being born

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.

Different: The photos aren’t of your usual wrapped-up newborn

“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.

Special: Marry likes to capture these moments between newborns and their mums and dads

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.

Beautiful: The photographer is now a mother and believes these pictures help to ‘process’ the birth

“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!”

Henry Okafor

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