15 Heart-Melting Images of Dads Meeting Their Babies for the First Time

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Ashley Marston Birth Photography

Few moments in life are as moving as when moms give birth and meet their baby for the first time ... but what about dads? While this initial meet-and-greet between father and infant is rarely so celebrated, it's just as emotional. So grab the tissues! It's time to watch these stoic male creatures melt into jelly, as they take us along with them.

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As one photographer so eloquently put it: Moms may feel bonded to their babies throughout the pregnancy, but it often doesn't hit dads until they're staring into their newborn's eyes. As a new dad holds his baby in his arms for the first time, it sinks in -- I am a father. This is my child. That's what makes these images so powerful and emotional -- consider this an ode to fatherhood from the very moment it begins.

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Check out these beautiful "dad meets baby" shots captured by several amazing photographers. Dad only gets to meet baby for the first time once, so these images are true gifts, and we are so lucky we get to share in them. 

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