Tattoos, Birth and Babies

by Birth Without Fear on October 7, 2011

Wait…tattoos? What do tattoos have to do with birth and babies? Well, people with tattoos have babies too! Every time I see a maternity, birth or newborn picture with the mom or dad tatted up, I think it’s awesome. Really though, it’s when I see a picture of a tattooed daddy supporting his woman during labor. Love it. Apparently I’m not alone. Here are some wonderful pictures from our BWF Community! Enjoy!

“The only picture of my labor and birth, because my little man decided he wanted to come NOW! Midwife took the picture a few minutes before he was born as my photographer, video recorder and anyone else I was going to have at the birth didn’t make it in time. Zachary Payne, born may 8th 2011 weighing 9 pounds 8 oz.” ~Marissa&Jason

I am fortunate enough to know this beautiful mama. She shared these pics by www.valeriecannonphotography.com

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This one is by Silvia Johnson & BMJ Events

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“This is at about 4 weeks old, our “new born pics” of our daughter. I LOVE the strength it shows, yet with all the gentleness in the world. She is so comfortable that she is yawning.” ~Abby

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Elizabeth & Baby Utah on 1.5.11

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Meaghan sent these in of her baby bump, and of her and her hubby bonding with baby.

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(This might be one of my favorites)

Alex sent this in with the following description: ” It was taken when my daughter, Cassaundra Rose, was about a half hour old following my first homebirth (3rd baby) on 9/23/11.  I spent a lot of time reading in the weeks leading up to my daughter’s birth.  This was my 3rd baby but my husband’s first (second marriage for me) and the last time I had done this was 10 years ago at a birth center.  I was definitely starting to feel nervous leading up to the birth and your website and Facebook page were a huge help.  In the end the birth was my fastest yet, with my biggest baby, and absolutely wonderful!”

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“Here’s my husband Josh supporting me in labor, sporting his tattoos. I love them too!” ~Ingrid

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This mama sent in the following picture saying, “I have many more tattoos than this but its one of the better birth pics I have :) a home water birth. Daddy has almost 2 full sleeves and has a lot more!”

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Sent in by Tiffany…

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This is a good friend of mine at 32 weeks pregnant. I have always loved her tattoos!

Ashley being supported by her husband while laboring in the water…

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“These are all taken within the first hour after she was born. This was 3 1/2 years ago at a water birth center in Oregon. She was born out of the water though.” ~Karah

“This is the only picture I have from our accidentally freebirth, and of course, you can see one of my 9 tattoos :)” ~Becky

Stephanie sent this picture of her husband Travis with their son Odin Torrance. Love the big papa bear cuddling his baby.

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Sarah sent these in and I couldn’t pick a favorite! She’s a c/s mommy, so doesn’t have any of her tattoos showing (and she’s not fond of the after birth pic of her, but I think she’s amazing), but here are some of her hubby’s!

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Jess shares this picture of her in labor…

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Ashley is another c/s mama, so shared this one of her hubby and newborn bonding.

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“The first photo is great not only because it has mine and my husband’s tattoos, but also our doula’s (the date is wrong).
The second photo is awesome, but my husband’s hand is somewhat covering my tattoo.” – Jessica Kelso

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We’ll wrap up with Shannon’s pictures. The support of her husband just melts my heart! “From Malachi’s homebirth 5/18/11 (my first baby).”

Thanks again to everyone that sent in your pictures. I added as many as I could to this post. If you did not see your picture, I apologize and plan on doing another post in the near future!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather October 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

You all look beautiful!! I have tattoos and hope I can snap a picture where I look half as awesome!! <3

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tiffany October 7, 2011 at 7:13 pm

LOVE THESE!! WHAT A GREAT IDEA!

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MermaidMidwife October 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm

My best friend, her amazing birth, her deep saddness…tattoos. Someday perhaps you will want to share it. She is all about sharing it.

http://www.sahala.org/video/birthstories.html

Lauren B from (BWF facebook)

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Adria October 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Wow, that is beautiful and heartwrenching.

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Sherice October 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. He will be remembered always.

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Brittney Holmgren January 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

That was absolutely beautiful. Extremely painful to watch, as I too have had a stillborn child. She did a beautiful job on this, and has inspired me to do one as well. Thank you and please give her a hug for me. xoxoxo

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joan June 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm

This is a very sad story. Just so anyone who goes into it unawares, it is a still birth. Very hard to watch and sad. <3

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Steph October 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Beautiful!!! 3 of my favorite things all in one place! birth,babies and tattoos. what more do you need?! :)

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Alishia October 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I love the pictures of the fathers covered in tats holding a bundle of innocence.

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Ashley October 11, 2011 at 6:44 am

Hi BWF!!! Love your site and all the pictures!! I have a couple tattoo pictures while I’m pregnant that’d I’d be willing to submit if you’d like them. I was not in labor when they were too, but I was very much pregnant!!! =)

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Mrs. BWF October 11, 2011 at 10:07 am
Ruthie November 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I must have missed this the first time! Beautiful. And that 32 weeks pregnant chick looks totally hot! ;)

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Angela January 1, 2012 at 10:12 am

This was truly one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. My newest will be one next month. Good job mommies, the pictures where beautiful.

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Candice February 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I love that breastfeeding picture… “Anchored at the breast” So very sweet.

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Shannon February 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm

The pic’s of the papa with the shaved head near the top…. took my breath away and totally made me bawl. Love all the pic’s, so sweet!!

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Alexandra May 24, 2012 at 7:46 am

Although some think it look ‘cool’ having tattoos before or during pregnancy is a TERRIBLE idea and if you really love your child you wouldn’t poison them like that. There are heavy metals and all kinds of toxic substances in tattoos such as MERCURY which have proven to be CARCINOGENIC (a.k.a….cancerous!) I don’t mean to be negative, just informative….they do make all natural, organic inks that won’t harm you or baby, you just have to invest extra money into ordering the ink online & take it to your tattoo shop of choice. everything you eat or do effects your baby, passes thru your blood stream and goes to the clind…Including toxic inks that you inject into your skin and blood -_-

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Mrs. BWF May 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

Who is getting tattoos while pregnant?! lol

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joan June 17, 2013 at 11:07 pm

what artist does tats whilst one is pregnant?

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Melanie Little May 9, 2014 at 9:51 am

HECK YES!!! This is an AWESOME post!!! Thanks so much!

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