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05/12/2017 01:14 pm ET Updated May 17, 2017

22 Gorgeous Birth Photos That Celebrate Labor And Delivery Nurses

In honor of Nurse Appreciation Week, we're celebrating their powerful role in childbirth.

Labor and delivery nurses are some of the most hardworking and supportive figures during childbirth.

From their medical care to their encouraging words to their comforting presence during difficult moments, nurses play a powerful role in the delivery room.

As we honor the last day of Nurse Appreciation Week, we’ve put together a collection of beautiful birth photos that celebrate labor and delivery nurses (and a few awesome NICU nurses too).

  • 1
    "As a doula and birth photographer I always want the best care for my clients. Nurses can play a huge role in a women's birth
    "As a doula and birth photographer I always want the best care for my clients. Nurses can play a huge role in a women's birthing experience. Sarah Deitrich, an R.N. at Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center in Santa Cruz Ca, goes above and beyond with every patient she cares for her. Her kindness and expertise is like no other in her field. I know when my birthing mamas are in her care they will feel loved, supported, and respected. It is always a privilege when I get to work alongside her."
  • 2
    "And she turned around presenting the most beautiful creature they had ever laid eyes on!"
    "And she turned around presenting the most beautiful creature they had ever laid eyes on!"
  • 3
    "Student midwife Kathy labored for over twenty hours, and L&D nurse Jen stayed by her side for hours. During the course o
    "Student midwife Kathy labored for over twenty hours, and L&D nurse Jen stayed by her side for hours. During the course of labor, they chatted and found out they were actually neighbors and are now great friends. What a wonderful way to start to a friendship!"
  • 4
    "Mom was having a difficult time effectively pushing. The midwife and L&D nurse decided that the towel pull technique wou
    "Mom was having a difficult time effectively pushing. The midwife and L&D nurse decided that the towel pull technique would be the best thing to try. This nurse was amazing! She not only stabilized the mom's foot, she also pulled with the incredible strength, helping her successfully deliver her nine pound, five ounce son."
  • 5
    "This was actually the nurse's step grandson. Her husband passed away a couple of years prior to the birth, so it w
    "This was actually the nurse's step grandson. Her husband passed away a couple of years prior to the birth, so it was very emotional."
  • 6
    "This amazing mama welcomed two sweet boys. Each with a their own nurse."
    "This amazing mama welcomed two sweet boys. Each with a their own nurse."
  • 7
    "This image shows a nurse comforting a mother after the sudden loss of her baby. It’s a sad story but sheds light on a
    "This image shows a nurse comforting a mother after the sudden loss of her baby. It’s a sad story but sheds light on a very caring nurse, who is shown here gifting this mom with a silver heart charm (in her hand)."
  • 8
    "This mama had a great birth team. Here, the nurse is attaching a mobile fetal monitor so the mama could move around. She wel
    "This mama had a great birth team. Here, the nurse is attaching a mobile fetal monitor so the mama could move around. She welcomed her second baby boy to the world shortly after this photo was taken."
  • 9
    "This tiny baby was born via C-section at 25 weeks, and cared for diligently by her amazing team of nurses. You can tell they
    "This tiny baby was born via C-section at 25 weeks, and cared for diligently by her amazing team of nurses. You can tell they love their job!"
  • 10
    "Mom had been in prodromal labor for two days, but this nurse managed to reassure her that everything was fine. She had such
    "Mom had been in prodromal labor for two days, but this nurse managed to reassure her that everything was fine. She had such a loving way to talk and add a bit of humor to her presence. And she she spoke, mom started to cry healing cathartic tears."
  • 11
    "The midwife in the image was so calm and centered on KS at all times. She calmed her when it was all getting too much and bo
    "The midwife in the image was so calm and centered on KS at all times. She calmed her when it was all getting too much and bought her back to a calm and focused state."
  • 12
    "Knowing that their baby would be born very sick, this family's nurse stayed with them and supported them through the entire
    "Knowing that their baby would be born very sick, this family's nurse stayed with them and supported them through the entire labor and delivery. She rejoiced with them as their baby was born and cried with them as he passed. This family will never forget her kindness and support on their hardest day."
  • 13
    "The support they shared for the infants, parents and doctors was invaluable."
    "The support they shared for the infants, parents and doctors was invaluable."
  • 14
    "Walking the L&D ward accompanied by a loving, emphatic and supportive nurse."
    "Walking the L&D ward accompanied by a loving, emphatic and supportive nurse."
  • 15
    "This mom had not one but two amazing nurses who stood by her at every step, making sure she could be as comfortable as possi
    "This mom had not one but two amazing nurses who stood by her at every step, making sure she could be as comfortable as possible despite her long labor."
  • 16
    "For a labor and delivery nurse, the extraordinary miracle of birth can become ordinary. Even after a decade supporting babie
    "For a labor and delivery nurse, the extraordinary miracle of birth can become ordinary. Even after a decade supporting babies, Sarah still radiates joy as she stands next to a miracle being born."
  • 17
    "As the laboring mother struggled to figure out the most effective way to push, this nurse decided to get creative and grab a
    "As the laboring mother struggled to figure out the most effective way to push, this nurse decided to get creative and grab a bed sheet. She made a knot at one end then held the other and told the mother to just pull like a game tug of war. She cared for both parents throughout the labor and delivery and celebrated with them as they welcomed their first son into the world."
  • 18
    "After a C-section, this nurse helped this stunned dad understand that it was time for him to take the scissors and cut the c
    "After a C-section, this nurse helped this stunned dad understand that it was time for him to take the scissors and cut the cord."
  • 19
    "Nurse Katrina was amazing! Mama had a little girl who was sunny side up. Nurse Katrina was there for all 4 HOURS of pus
    "Nurse Katrina was amazing! Mama had a little girl who was sunny side up. Nurse Katrina was there for all 4 HOURS of pushing to make sure that both mom and baby were ok."
  • 20
    "Danielle is a longtime L&D nurse and a personal friend of Heather, the mama in this image. Danielle ended up not being o
    "Danielle is a longtime L&D nurse and a personal friend of Heather, the mama in this image. Danielle ended up not being on shift for the births of Heather's first two children.The two were thrilled when Heather's third labor and Danielle's scheduled shift aligned for Cohen's birth and Danielle was able to support and care for her friend through her all-natural labor and delivery."
  • 21
    "Tristan (RN) introduces Keilan to his mother Danielle for the first time in the ICU, almost 48 hours after his birth via cra
    "Tristan (RN) introduces Keilan to his mother Danielle for the first time in the ICU, almost 48 hours after his birth via crash C-section. Danielle narrowly survived HELLP syndrome, which caused her liver to rupture in early labor. This image was taken just after she first regained consciousness after the C-section and surgery to repair her liver and was able to meet her baby (and learn it was a boy). There was not a dry eye on that entire floor."
  • 22
    "This nurse made an effort to be in the room with this mama as much as she needed but still giving her the freedom she wanted
    "This nurse made an effort to be in the room with this mama as much as she needed but still giving her the freedom she wanted, even though there were about 6 other mamas giving birth that day! She was always so sweet every time she came in, and let mama labor the way she wanted to!"

Captions have been edited and condensed for clarity.

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