34 Epic Birth Photos That Prove the Gender Reveal Is Worth the Wait

Gender surprise birth photography
Laura Fifield Photography

For some people (like me), waiting until a baby is born to find out whether it's a boy or a girl is nine months too long. I'm an impatient planner who loves surprises but typically ruins them by snooping way before I can ever be truly shocked. However, some mamas and their partners are much stronger than I am and are content to wait to find out the sex of their baby. These parents get the surprise of a lifetime the moment their baby is born.

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Some of them decide to wait because they want that big delivery gender-reveal moment filled with cheers -- different from what they'd get with colored confetti coming out of a balloon at a traditional gender-reveal party. Other times, it wasn't intentional and the scans just got it wrong. But when moms are completely in the dark for nine months and then learn the truth about their baby's sex, that moment is more than emotional. They have no idea if they're having a baby boy or a baby girl until their baby's first cry, and after such a long wait, their initial reactions are priceless.

Thanks to talented birth photographers, some mamas are able to have the moment captured as they learn this life-changing news. And from their photos, it's easy to see that sometimes major surprises are seriously worth the wait. For the moms in these photos, patience definitely paid off, and their pure reactions are something these moms will always cherish. Check out these epic birth photos of moms getting the best shocks of their lives -- and just try not to melt.

Gender surprise birth photography
Laura Fifield Photography

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