INCREDIBLE BIRTH PHOTO! This is the moment amniotic fluid spurts from baby's nose during birth
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By Jasmine Kazlauskas/Caters
October 10 2018
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This is the incredible moment a baby is photographed spurting amniotic fluid through her nose while being born – so that she can take her very first breath outside the womb.
Mum-of-two Jessica Hill-Paul, 24, shared the powerful image for the first time after giving birth to her daughter Evie, now 1, in September last year.
The student from Adelaide, South Australia, said she decided to hire a professional photographer to capture her daughter’s birth so that she could treasure the images forever and look back on the experience later in life.
Jessica said she was completely ‘blown away’ by the incredible image, which shows her daughter releasing amniotic fluid from her lungs so that she could take her first breath.
Jessica said, 'I knew I wanted to have a birth photographer with me this time to capture the entire experience. I had a bit of a traumatic birth with my son Leo and I didn’t have any real photos of it except for a few that my mother took.'
She added, 'It was all really foggy and I don’t remember a whole lot. So I knew with my second baby I wanted to really embrace it. I was so excited to see the photos, and when I saw that one I was completely blown away. I didn’t know what to think. It was just breathtaking. I was in complete awe looking at it.
'To capture that exact moment before she took her first breath was amazing.'
'I showed my friends the photo as well, and they were all shocked. They said they didn’t realise that’s what happens when having a baby. I don’t think there is enough education around birthing or labour.
'Even new mums don’t get to see what’s going on down there, so I think it’s really important to be able to show images like this as it’s just so raw and real.
'It’s such a beautiful and natural process, to be giving new life. We should all embrace it completely.'
The moving image was captured by professional birth photographer Victoria Berekmeri as she documented the newborn’s dramatic entry into the world.
The 39-year-old from Adelaide, South Australia, has been passionately photographing mothers in labour for the past six years – but admitted this particular image was ‘especially unique’.
Victoria said it was the first time she had been quick enough to capture the split-second display of amniotic fluid being released from a baby’s lungs during the birthing process.