40 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? Although this initial meet-and-greet between father and infant is rarely as celebrated, it's just as emotional. So grab the tissues, because the moment men transform into dads is simply incredible! 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 tend to feel bonded to their babies throughout the pregnancy, but the love often doesn't hit dads until they're staring into their newborn's eyes. As a new dad sees and finally gets to hold 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 to see -- consider this an ode to fatherhood from the moment it begins.

Check out these 40 beautiful dad-meets-baby shots captured by several amazing birth photographers who are able to witness these intimate moments of families growing. Not only do they capture the emotions of a man who has just seen the woman he loves do something incredible, but also the moment he morphs into a proud parent. 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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