Get All the Mother’s Day 2020 Feels with These Powerful Photos of Moms Meeting Their Children


Mother’s Day 2020 is not going to play out how we imagined earlier this year. There’s probably no meal out or relaxing day at the spa to celebrate just how awesome we are as moms.

And, let’s get real. We do A LOT for our families, especially right now. We are trying to juggle all. the. things. while holding on to a semblance of ourselves and our sanity. See? Not an easy task. 

It stands to reason that you, mom, deserve a better than average Mother’s Day 2020. Maybe it will happen by some stroke of Fairy God Mother’s Day magic. Your family will lovingly cater to your needs and give you the break you deserve all while making sure that any needed Zoom calls with family are planned, and then they will take out the trash to boot.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty unlikely on my end. So, what are we to do? My plan is to make sure I get SOME time during the day to myself and I’ll likely reminisce about those frustrating, funny, stubborn, perfect little people that made me a mom.

Mother with long hair and pants holding and staring down at her new baby
Image courtesy of Portland Birth Photographer: Natalie Broders

There’s something magical about that moment you meet your child. That connection. A deeper meaning to existence. Whether it’s through birth or adoption, foster care or surrogacy, there are many ways to make a mom, but meeting your child for the first time? Now that is otherworldly.

In honor of Mother’s Day 2020, here are seven powerful moments of mamas meeting their children. Caution: these images are guaranteed to give you a serious case of the feels and side effects may include Baby Fever. You have been warned.

The First Kiss

A mother holding her newborn baby and kissing it on the head
Image courtesy of Molly Yi Photography

Dad couldn’t be at the hospital because they have an older child that couldn’t be left home alone. So Mom asked if I would be her support person and photographer. She couldn’t have any other visitors due to COVID so it was pretty special to have been chosen to be with her.”

Hi Moms

Two moms lovingly looking at their newborn baby together
Image courtesy of Jen Berryman

Double the Mother’s Day joy! These local moms have a special little one. You see, this baby is the non-gestational parent’s biological babe – carried by her partner. One mom provided the genetic material and one mom provided the womb to make one very loved new little human.

It Was All Worth It

A mother who has just delivered her baby looks down in happy surprise
Image provided by a personal friend of the author

Sonja is a good friend of mine. Her second pregnancy was no walk in the park.

“It was a loaded emotions pregnancy. IUD fail, gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, biweekly NST with a toddler in tow. It was a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish. I would also 1000% do it again to get her though.”

Getting to See You First

Mother having a Cesarean and newborn baby is held up to see-through curtain
Image provided by a personal friend of the author

Susan is another close friend. With the birth of her second child, she knew she would need a Cesarean. Dad snapped this powerful moment when their daughter was born.

“I didn’t experience this moment with my first baby since his delivery was an emergency c-section. For my second child, the anesthesiologist convinced me I would regret missing the moment, and had the doctors drop the drape when they pulled her out. I am grateful he convinced me to watch because it was a gift to see my daughter come in to this world.”

It’s a Boy!

Mother who's just given birth is handed her baby while crying with emotion
Image courtesy of Portland Birth Photographer: Natalie Broders

“For the birth of their third and last baby, they wanted to wait to find out. When Dad announced that their baby was a boy, this mom was overcome with emotion and burst into tears.”

After the Storm

Breast Cancer Survivor holds her just born miracle baby against her chest
Image courtesy of Meg Ross Photography

“A day dedicated to moms is an extra kind of special after you have been told by the medical community that children would be impossible. This strong mama survived breast cancer and surprisingly found herself pregnant with her miracle baby. She ferociously roared through birth with passion and I am proud to say I watched her become a mom.”

Worth the Wait

New mom pulling up her baby that she just birthed with tears and emotion on her face
Image courtesy of Jessie Photo Doula

“Mom said, “We’ve prayed for you for so long.” I don’t usually get emotional at births but this one hit me right in the mama feels. 6 years of love and waiting for this perfect little girl.”

Right now, things are hard, Mothers Day 2020 included. But you, dear mama, you are strong and have done hard things before. You are shaping those children that depend on you. And while it may seem cliche, your kids are so very lucky to have you as their mom.

With love and solidarity, Happy Mother’s Day to every one of you!

Mom looking at and nursing her newborn baby who is laying on a floral print pillow
Image courtesy of Portland Birth Photographer: Natalie Broders
A Special Thank You to the moms and photographers that shared their photos with us. To get in touch with any of the photographers mentioned, please find their information below:
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Katie C
Katie is a stay-at-home(ish) mom to a strong-willed toddler and a velcro baby. As an East Coast transplant, she is now fully embracing the Pacific Northwest lifestyle. She spent her pre-children years in the laboratory, working in clinical genetics. Though she still has a great love of science, she has since focused her passion into her writing. Her personal blog is Raised on Love and Science. You can come for the articles but stay for the silly parenting memes. Katie also writes content for a variety of websites and businesses.


  1. Oh my gosh, this was so special. Really made me stop and remember my own births and what a special time in our lives that day is. Happy Post-Mother’s day to you and all these beautiful mamas!

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