The moments after you give birth are such a blur — it's hard to remember, vividly, what happened in that first hour of your newborn baby's life outside the womb. To help new moms see just how much does, in fact, happen, Minnesota birth photographer Bryanna Field shared two powerful before-and-after photos.
The first shows a baby immediately after childbirth, and the second is that same infant, just "one hour later," Field, who owns Swaddle Shots Photography, told POPSUGAR.
In the initial snapshot, the crying baby's skin is still covered in a thick, white layer of vernix caseosa, which protects their delicate skin from the acidic quality of the amniotic fluid.
The second, cleaned-up picture is that sweet, cinematic image most people have in their minds of what a newborn baby looks like – smooth skin, rosy cheeks, and serene, sleeping eyes.
It's a great reminder of how fast time goes with a newborn, how things change in the blink of an eye . . . or within 60 minutes in the delivery room!