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Winners Of 2017’s Best Birth Photo Contest Will Take Your Breath Away (NSFW)

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has announced the winners of their 2017 contest, and the photos they chose show the struggles mothers go through to bring new life into the world, and the sheer joy that follows.

Each photo tells a story of pain, perseverance, and finally, relief. They document a baby’s first moments of life, and a family’s first moments of unity.

Many of the photos below are intense and graphic, so reader discretion is advised. They are all, however, powerful in their own unique ways.

More info: IAPBB (h/t)

#1 Best In Category: Birth Details, Pieces Of Me

Image source: Kourtnie Scholz

#2 Best In Category: Postpartum, Straight From Heaven

Image source: Natasha Hance – Birth Unscripted

#3 I’ve Been Waiting For You

Image source: Vanessa Mendez Birth Photography

#4 Falling In Love All Over Again

Image source: KEDocumentary

#5 That First Gaze

Image source: Peanuts and Parents

#6 Best In Category: Delivery, With A Splash

Image source: Elizabeth Farnsworth Photography

#7 Skin To Skin Today. Heart To Heart Always

Image source: Catherine Brown Birth & Lifestyle Photography

#8 Are You My Mama?

Image source: Jennifer Mason Photography

#9 First Place Winner. Road To Deliverance

Image source: Jaydene Freund – Cradled Creations

#10 Freshly Squeezed

Image source: Apple Blossom Families

#11 The End: A New Beginning

Image source: Caryn Scanlan Photography

#12 Honorable Mentions. Approaching Life

Image source: Deborah Elenter

You’ve seen the best shots, now take a look at the funny newborn photo shoot fails.

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