The rush of emotions you feel the first time you see your newborn is indescribable – you feel love, relief, fᴇᴀʀ, and excitement all at once. The thrill and intensity of birth are almost impossible to describe in words, but these photographs of fathers meeting their babies for the first time capture the ecstasy and intensity. To truly comprehend the special link between father and kid, you must witness it. It’s worth mentioning that the experience of being a parent who is physically giving birth and the experience of being a parent who is standing by has a distinct distinction – the latter has an added degree of expectation and helplessness.
Many fathers have described being in wonder as they watched their partner give birth, while others have described being ᴛᴇʀʀɪfɪᴇᴅ. Most parents are overcome with emotion once their child is in their arms, unable to put into words how they felt when they first met their child. These photographs, many of which were entered in the 2019 Birth Becomes Her Photo Contest, showcase the beautiful and deep bond that exists between parent and kid from the time the infant enters their lives, providing visual confirmation of the instant connection when words fail.
Alyssa Kapnik Samuel caught this image of a new father cuddling his newborn and smiled as wide as he can. The new father’s unbridled joy is contagious.
This amazing shot, submitted by the photographers at Fox Valley Birth and Baby, portrays the moment a couple meets their surrogate baby. The father cradles his child and his partner, gazing at them both with devotion. The couple has clearly been waiting for this moment for a long time, and the father’s love is evident in his emotional expression.
Tearful & Tired
The hospital personnel placed this baby on his mother’s chest seconds after he was born, with his father looking at his child with tears in his eyes, as captured by Lisa Lord of Lilo Photography. The father’s affection shines through in this ecstatic photo of family togetherness.
A father watches over his kid as he receives oxygen treatment shortly after his delivery in this shot, which was also taken by Lisa Lord. Dad wants to be with his child while he is being treated by doctors, sticking by his side while he adjusts to his new surroundings.
Love At First Sight
In this photo by Ashley of Hello BéBé Full Spectrum Birth Services, a father looks at his child while his partner holds their new baby only seconds after he or she was born, the emotion is evident. As he turns his body towards his family, the father appears to be on the verge of tears, and everything about the photograph indicates how much love this pair has for their little bundle.
Lisa Lord captured this wonderful photo of a private moment between father and son just minutes after he was born. While hospital professionals clean him up, Dad softly kisses his baby’s fingers, treating him with the utmost care. Their gazes are drawn to one another, and the affection between father and son is palpable.
In this photo by Anabel Acua, this father appears equally stunned and ecstatic as he looks at his newborn and his girlfriend. Mom is holding the baby, and dad is staring at them both, his weary smile expressing the rush of emotions that comes with welcoming your child into the world.
Right Where You Belong
In this shot, taken by Crawford Morris, a father and child have their first bonding session while mom cleans up after a homebirth. Dad gazes at his kid and caresses their cheek as the infant rests on his chest for that vital skin-to-skin contact. Every action conveys love and concern.
There You Are
In this shot by Erin Fortney, dad and baby practically grasp for each other. At the time, all dad can think about is his baby.
A Helping Hand
In this stunning snapshot, Rebecca Edmonson captured the moment a father assisted in the birth of his child.
Crawford Morris snapped this shot of a father holding his infant while his mother looks on fondly. Dad rests his chest on the baby’s chest and his face on the baby’s head. Warmth radiates from the parents.
Even if you tried, you couldn’t ignore the excitement in this shot by Brianne Sanders Photography. Dad appears to be in a state of euphoria about the arrival of their child. The photo is enhanced by his delightfully closed eyelids.
Here’s Looking At You, Kid
In this shot recorded by Mosaic Birth Stories, you can sense the relationship building between dad and baby. With a blanket wrapped over them both, the baby is pushed against dad’s chest, and dad stares at his little one with a grin that appears to originate from inside. After the tumult of birth, it’s a peaceful time of love.