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These photos of newborn infants by photographer Christian Berthelot taken mere seconds after their C-section deliveries may be difficult for some of our readers to look at, but that’s the point. His “Cesar” photo series shows us a raw and unflinching image of childbirth, discarding the usual blankets and ribbons for the blood and vernix that accompanied all of us when we were born.

“When I saw [my son] for the first time, he was bloodied and covered in this white substance called vernix,” Berthelot told Huffpost “He was like a warrior who has just won his first battle, like an angel out of darkness.” It is from this perspective that his photos, while difficult to look at, gain a deeper and more beautiful meaning.Fore more details about this gripping photo series, read on between the images. His series will be on display at theCirculation(s) festival in Paris until March 5th.

Leanne – 13 seconds after birth
Leanne – 13 seconds after birth
Liza – 3 seconds after birth
Liza – 3 seconds after birth

 

Steven – 15 seconds after birth
Steven – 15 seconds after birth

 

Kevin – 13 seconds after birth
Kevin – 13 seconds after birth

 

Mael – 18 seconds after birth
Mael – 18 seconds after birth

 

Louann – 14 seconds after birth
Louann – 14 seconds after birth

 

Lize – 9 seconds after birth
Lize – 9 seconds after birth

 

Margaux – 7 seconds after birth
Margaux – 7 seconds after birth

 

Chloé – 11 seconds after birth
Chloé – 11 seconds after birth

 

Romane – 8 seconds after birth
Romane – 8 seconds after birth

Christian Berthelot’s interest in childbirth photography grew after he witnessed the birth of his own son.
With the help of Jean-Francois Morievnal, a doctor at the hospital where his son was born, he began the training required to allow him to take photos in the operating room.
Only after 6 months of training did he start looking for expectant mothers who would allow him to photograph the birth of their children.
To date, Berthelot and Morievnal have photographer 40 C-section deliveries

More info: christianberthelot.com | festival-circulations.com (h/t: huffpost, slate)

 

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