The birth of a baby is a beautiful thing, but with the pain of labor and all the things that might happen in the process, it can also be a little nervewracking — and capturing the tremendous array of emotions is no easy task.
The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) makes it look easy though, as it awards the best of the best birth photographers each year in its Birth Photography Competition.
Here are some of these powerful submissions, that give us a peek into one of the most intimate moments in a parent's life.
Please note that some photos may not be suitable for viewing at work.
All is still.
Even the family dog is present for the new arrival.
Overcome with joy...
...but also, with pain.
All the love and support.
And baby makes three.
A Kodak moment.
Someone's a big brother.
A shoulder (or forehead) to lean on.
The worst is over.
Welcome to the world, little baby.
The grand finale.
Birth is messy.
No one should have to be alone.
Ah, miracles :)
View more photos from the birth photography competition here.