There are studies showing that touch signals safety and trust, it soothes. Basic warm touch calms cardiovascular stress. It activates the body’s vagus nerve, which is intimately involved with our compassionate response, and a simple touch can trigger release of oxytocin, aka “the love hormone.”

Sometimes there is just as much power in the space in between touch…as it is about to happen, just after it has happened. The exchange of energy always present.

This collection of images and birth stories are from photographers all over the world, and families who have chosen to share their journey. Spend a moment in each image and marvel at the strength and beauty. 


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