Mum photographed her own labour to capture stunning images of her son’s first seconds of life.

Lauren Chenault, 25, a professional photographer, managed to keep clicking the shutter through the pain as she gave birth to son Kai in April 2017.

The powerful photographs document the newborn’s first breaths as he is held up by the doctors with the umbilical cord still attached.

Mrs Chenault, from Rockville, New York, said she came up with the idea because she wanted to show how ‘women really are superheroes’.

She said: ‘This was so important to me, I think it portrays how women really are superheroes. I couldn’t believe I actually got the shot – I took about 30 images but only two were usable.

‘It was a total adrenaline rush when everything was happening, my mind was focusing on pushing but I had to remember to click the button.’

‘My family was amazed I was able to capture it, but my husband wasn’t surprised – when I put my mind to something, I make it happen,’ Mrs Chenault said.

The photographer, owner of You’re My Focus photography studio, released the images to mark her son’s first birthday.

She added: ‘My son is probably going to kill me when he’s older, for plastering his fresh naked face all over the internet.

‘Having these photos will always hold a special place for it me – it speaks 10,000 times louder than words ever could.’

What an amazing experience!

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  • I would not have been able to take photos!


  • Holy cow! Go mumma! I wouldn’t have been able to even point to a camera while I was delivering my son, nevermind actually use one. Seriously impressed.


  • How amazing!


  • Beautiful, great shot !!


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