News & Gossip Baby news 7 photos that capture the raw beauty of birth Annual photography competition shows birth like never before 1 of Ad break The winning entryNever before have the moments prior to, during and after birth been captured in such an inspiring way. Yes, they're pretty messy and there are bits everywhere – but there's no denying the raw beauty in these pictures, however difficult and painful the births might have been (and so often are). The winning entry above shows an underwater birth, while the other winners show babies crowning, women in the full throes of labour and a woman delivering twins, one that looks like it's still in its amniotic sac. The pictures come from the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers and these are the result of their 5th annual competition. Click next to see the winners of the 2016 Image of the Year Competition... Photo credit: Marijke Thoen Best In Category: LabourPhoto credit: Morag Hastings Best In Category: DeliveryPhoto credit: Robin Baker Best In Category: PostpartumPhoto credit: Natalia Walth Continue slideshow > Honorable Mention: lovePhoto credit: Krista Evans Honorable Mention: untethered beginning for the birthing womanPhoto credit: Angela Gallo Honorable Mention: in between two worldsPhoto credit: Alexandra Kayy By Jessica Gibb Comments Latest on MadeForMums The irony of this teacher's 'healthy lunchbox' note Binky's 8-month bump - and surprising wedding shoe choice This dad's empowering father-son selfie will totally melt your heart Pregnant Chanelle Hayes: 'How do I get rid of these stretch marks?'