Global Photos: Babies Of The Pandemic Bring Love, Light — And Worries

Global Photos: Babies Of The Pandemic Bring Love, Light — And Worries

7:31am Jul 18, 2020
Photographer Sarah Waiswa's image of her daughter, Ria:  "She spends a lot of time in our bed. Babies bring the hope of goodness and light, but 2020 has been a heavy year. I am afraid about the type of world I have brought her into. I hope by the time Ria
Photographer Sarah Waiswa's image of her daughter, Ria: "She spends a lot of time in our bed. Babies bring the hope of goodness and light, but 2020 has been a heavy year. I am afraid about the type of world I have brought her into. I hope by the time Ria
Sarah Waiswa / @EverydayAfrica
  • Photographer Sarah Waiswa's image of her daughter, Ria:  "She spends a lot of time in our bed. Babies bring the hope of goodness and light, but 2020 has been a heavy year. I am afraid about the type of world I have brought her into. I hope by the time Ria

    Photographer Sarah Waiswa's image of her daughter, Ria: "She spends a lot of time in our bed. Babies bring the hope of goodness and light, but 2020 has been a heavy year. I am afraid about the type of world I have brought her into. I hope by the time Ria

    Sarah Waiswa / @EverydayAfrica

  • Sarah Waiswa's self-portrait of herself with Ria at 4 months. "We went into lockdown a couple of weeks after she was born," she says. "It's strange not having family around to hold her." July 5. Nairobi, Kenya.

    Sarah Waiswa's self-portrait of herself with Ria at 4 months. "We went into lockdown a couple of weeks after she was born," she says. "It's strange not having family around to hold her." July 5. Nairobi, Kenya.

    Sarah Waiswa / @EverydayAfrica

  • Sarah Waiswa's partner rocks Ria to sleep: "I love the fact that because of the lockdown my partner and I have had the chance to spend so much time together in addition to spending time with the baby. We would never have had that." June 28. Nairobi, Kenya

    Sarah Waiswa's partner rocks Ria to sleep: "I love the fact that because of the lockdown my partner and I have had the chance to spend so much time together in addition to spending time with the baby. We would never have had that." June 28. Nairobi, K

    Sarah Waiswa / @EverydayAfrica

  • On March 18, Anastas Tarpanov's wife gave birth to their daughter: "I'll say to future parents: Don't be afraid. This crisis will pass and you will have your baby. Embrace life and teach your kids to be better versions of yourselves." March 21. Sofia, Bul

    On March 18, Anastas Tarpanov's wife gave birth to their daughter: "I'll say to future parents: Don't be afraid. This crisis will pass and you will have your baby. Embrace life and teach your kids to be better versions of yourselves." March 21. Sofia,

    Anastas Tarpanov / @EverydayEasternEurope

  • New father Anastas Tarpanov says: "I was not allowed to enter the maternity hospital during the time my wife gave birth or to see her and our new daughter for 4 days. This photo shows the first time we reunited as a family and the first time my older daug

    New father Anastas Tarpanov says: "I was not allowed to enter the maternity hospital during the time my wife gave birth or to see her and our new daughter for 4 days. This photo shows the first time we reunited as a family and the first time my older daug

    Anastas Tarpanov / @EverydayEasternEurope

  • The online video connection was the only way for Anastas Tarpanov's parents to see their granddaughters for a long period. He reflects: "The pandemic experience has showed us that we can live with fewer resources, and the most important thing is the peopl

    The online video connection was the only way for Anastas Tarpanov's parents to see their granddaughters for a long period. He reflects: "The pandemic experience has showed us that we can live with fewer resources, and the most important thing is the peopl

    Anastas Tarpanov / @EverydayEasternEurope

  • The day Maria Ionova-Gribina made this photo of Anastasia Markelova with her 2-year-old, she said, "I think I'm going into labor." Now the mother of two, Markelova says, "We live a very unhurried life. Looking after the kids, planning our future, arguing

    The day Maria Ionova-Gribina made this photo of Anastasia Markelova with her 2-year-old, she said, "I think I'm going into labor." Now the mother of two, Markelova says, "We live a very unhurried life. Looking after the kids, planning our future, arguing

    Maria Ionova-Gribina / @EverydayEasternEurope

  • Maria Ionova-Gribina made this image 30 minutes after Anastasia Markelova delivered Iva. At the moment of childbirth Markelova was talking to her husband via WhatsApp since he could not be with her. Anastasia says, "When lockdown is over, I want a picnic

    Maria Ionova-Gribina made this image 30 minutes after Anastasia Markelova delivered Iva. At the moment of childbirth Markelova was talking to her husband via WhatsApp since he could not be with her. Anastasia says, "When lockdown is over, I want a picnic

    Maria Ionova-Gribina / @EverydayEasternEurope

  • Lynzy Billing photographed a grandmother holding a newborn baby at the delivery ward at Mirwais Hospital. Says Billing: "I chose this photograph from a series I did on Afghan midwives working to deliver babies safely in Afghan hospitals during the coronav

    Lynzy Billing photographed a grandmother holding a newborn baby at the delivery ward at Mirwais Hospital. Says Billing: "I chose this photograph from a series I did on Afghan midwives working to deliver babies safely in Afghan hospitals during the coronav

    Lynzy Billing / @EverydayAfghanistan

  • Paz Olivares-Droguett makes a picture of Amadeo's morning washup with his father, her partner Matías: "Our son was born on January 31 and is now 5 months old. We have been in quarantine since March 16. Most of our family and friends have not met him yet

    Paz Olivares-Droguett makes a picture of Amadeo's morning washup with his father, her partner Matías: "Our son was born on January 31 and is now 5 months old. We have been in quarantine since March 16. Most of our family and friends have not met him yet

    Paz Olivares-Droguett / @EverydayLatinAmerica

  • Paz Olivares-Droguett made this picture on the day that marked 3 months of confinement to home: "The relationship between Amadeo and Eleonora, our firstborn, has been growing — and they are, too." June 2. Valparaíso, Chile.

    Paz Olivares-Droguett made this picture on the day that marked 3 months of confinement to home: "The relationship between Amadeo and Eleonora, our firstborn, has been growing — and they are, too." June 2. Valparaíso, Chile.

    Paz Olivares-Droguett / @EverydayLatinAmerica

  • Antonelli Veneri photographed Iasnaia Lima holding her newborn daughter, Maria, after a home birth without the help of midwives or doctors. Lima says her pregnancy was "very lonely — with the pandemic we reduce the 'team' present before, during and afte

    Antonelli Veneri photographed Iasnaia Lima holding her newborn daughter, Maria, after a home birth without the help of midwives or doctors. Lima says her pregnancy was "very lonely — with the pandemic we reduce the 'team' present before, during and afte

    Antonelli Veneri / @EverydayBrasil

  • Iasnaia Lima told photographer Antonelli Veneri why she named her baby Maria: "Maria is a common name and a tribute to all the common Black women who make micro-revolutions every day." Her advice for new mothers: "Worry less about practical things like th

    Iasnaia Lima told photographer Antonelli Veneri why she named her baby Maria: "Maria is a common name and a tribute to all the common Black women who make micro-revolutions every day." Her advice for new mothers: "Worry less about practical things like th

    Antonelli Veneri / @EverydayBrasil

  • Jianne 21, told photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani: "I accidentally got pregnant and was scared when I gave birth because I was coughing. I was alone. Fear of getting the virus added to my worry. I gave up my son [for adoption] because they can give him a bett

    Jianne 21, told photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani: "I accidentally got pregnant and was scared when I gave birth because I was coughing. I was alone. Fear of getting the virus added to my worry. I gave up my son [for adoption] because they can give him a bett

    Xyza Cruz Bacani / @EverydayPhilippines

  • Jianne holds the pacifier and the sonogram of her baby. She gave birth on June 29 and took care of the baby for 3 days before he was placed for adoption. "I miss my son," she told photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani, "and I wish that I did not hold him for 3 da

    Jianne holds the pacifier and the sonogram of her baby. She gave birth on June 29 and took care of the baby for 3 days before he was placed for adoption. "I miss my son," she told photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani, "and I wish that I did not hold him for 3 da

    Xyza Cruz Bacani / @EverydayPhilippines

  • Jianne looks at a photo of her newborn son, whom she placed for adoption. The 21-year-old made the decision because she feared she could not provide for him during the pandemic. July 10. Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines.

    Jianne looks at a photo of her newborn son, whom she placed for adoption. The 21-year-old made the decision because she feared she could not provide for him during the pandemic. July 10. Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines.

    Xyza Cruz Bacani / @EverydayPhilippines

  • Renan Benedito photographed Marluce dos Santos Sousa, 32, and Davi, now 2 months old. During her pregnancy, she said, "I felt immersed in a sea of uncertainty" because of COVID-19 and her mother's death. Her son "brought joy. I know Davi will find a diffe

    Renan Benedito photographed Marluce dos Santos Sousa, 32, and Davi, now 2 months old. During her pregnancy, she said, "I felt immersed in a sea of uncertainty" because of COVID-19 and her mother's death. Her son "brought joy. I know Davi will find a diffe

    Renan Benedito / @EverydayBrasil

  • Fábio Erdos made this picture minutes after the birth of his son, Teodoro Milton Erdos, when the nurses brought the baby to his mother, Lianne Milton, before taking him to the neonatal intensive care for respiratory issues. Milton says: "I have never exp

    Fábio Erdos made this picture minutes after the birth of his son, Teodoro Milton Erdos, when the nurses brought the baby to his mother, Lianne Milton, before taking him to the neonatal intensive care for respiratory issues. Milton says: "I have never exp

    Fábio Erdos / @EverydayBrasil

  • Lianne Milton changes Teodoro's diaper in their car instead of going into the rest stop restroom while traveling to her parents' house. After two weeks of total quarantine, Milton and her husband, photographer Fábio Erdos, decided to make the trip by car

    Lianne Milton changes Teodoro's diaper in their car instead of going into the rest stop restroom while traveling to her parents' house. After two weeks of total quarantine, Milton and her husband, photographer Fábio Erdos, decided to make the trip by car

    Fábio Erdos / @EverydayBrasil

  • Fábio Erdos photographs Lianne Milton holding Teodoro after breastfeeding him at 1 a.m. "As spring approached, I found myself apologizing a lot to him," she said. "For his tears. For the world he was born into. He is of the COVID-19 generation. I wonder

    Fábio Erdos photographs Lianne Milton holding Teodoro after breastfeeding him at 1 a.m. "As spring approached, I found myself apologizing a lot to him," she said. "For his tears. For the world he was born into. He is of the COVID-19 generation. I wonder

    Fábio Erdos / @EverydayBrasil

  • Mikhail Mordasov photographs the day his newborn came home for the first time: "Assol holds her brother in her arms. My wife told me, 'I had a lot of fears about giving birth during a pandemic. I could hardly breathe during the last trimester and imagined

    Mikhail Mordasov photographs the day his newborn came home for the first time: "Assol holds her brother in her arms. My wife told me, 'I had a lot of fears about giving birth during a pandemic. I could hardly breathe during the last trimester and imagined

    Mikhail Mordasov / @EverydayRussia

  • Photographer Mikhail Mordasov's wife and son. Her mother lives in a city with a high rate of COVID-19 and wanted to visit. They asked her to be tested. She said: "Oh, come on!" She came anyway, and no one even coughed. Their hope for their son: "the class

    Photographer Mikhail Mordasov's wife and son. Her mother lives in a city with a high rate of COVID-19 and wanted to visit. They asked her to be tested. She said: "Oh, come on!" She came anyway, and no one even coughed. Their hope for their son: "the class

    Mikhail Mordasov / @EverydayRussia

What is it like to give birth during a global pandemic? What hopes and dreams — and fears — do the parents have when welcoming a newborn?

We asked the more than 600 photographers who work with Everyday Projects — contributing to Instagram accounts from countries in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, North America and Europe — to document the arrival of a baby born in 2020. In some cases, the photographer is one of the parents; in other cases they photographed babies in their community — from a safe, social distance.

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