This Is the Most Incredible Birth Photo & Social Media Doesn't Want You to See It

Water birth photo
Marijke Thoen Birth Photography

For some siblings, they have an instant connection at first sight. However, for many, that bond isn't made the moment the little one is born and instead happens when the older sibling is allowed to meet the new baby well after the birth. In a seriously stunning birth photo, one talented photographer captured what happened when a toddler was allowed to witness the water birth of her baby brother -- and the remarkable reaction will leave you speechless. 

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Belgian photographer Marijke Thoen not only captured baby Cisse's beautiful water birth, but also the moment his 2-year-old sister, Nelle, first laid eyes on the submerged newborn. "It was very important for the mother that Nelle could be there, as the mother says the little girl has been looking forward to the birth as much as the mother and father," Marijke tells CafeMom. "The mother said it would be very strange for Nelle to be kept away and suddenly see a baby all dressed in a bed and completely have missed how and when her brother arrived."


Water birth photo
Marijke Thoen Birth Photography

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Not only does Marijke agree with this mom's sentiment about allowing her child in the delivery room, but in this birth photographer's experience, most older siblings have a similar reaction to Nelle's: simply mesmerized and not terrified or disgusted. "Children find birth very natural, it doesn't frighten them in my experience," she says. "I would say if you want siblings in the birthing room it is important someone is there to watch over them and be aware to leave the room if they would not like it or be overwhelmed, but like I said, most siblings think it is very natural."  

Water birth photo
Marijke Thoen Birth Photography

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Before this photo was taken, Nelle had been reading stories and playing with her grandma. "She only came to look closely straight after the boy was born so she did not watch very closely the moments before," Marijke adds. 

Although thousands of people were captivated by this incredible image when Marijke shared it on social media, their chance to like and share the image didn't last long because Facebook quickly removed it and blocked her account. "I really think they should try and find a solution for these kind of pictures that are banned, this is nothing explicit," Marijke says. "Birth is natural and I really don't understand why the miracle of birth could not be shown on Facebook." 

Water birth photo
Marijke Thoen Birth Photography

Marijke also shared the image on Instagram, but she says it was removed from there multiple times. "Reposting my own photo because after Facebook, now Instagram also took it," she captioned a screenshot of the photo before it was taken down from Instagram again. "Birth is beautiful, sometimes raw and emotional, but always natural. Please reinstate this birth photography image to my page, Instagram." 

Even if Facebook or Instagram don't agree, Marijke's work and Cisse's birth is something that should be celebrated and not censored. 

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