It may be true that women do all the heavy lifting when it comes to child birth. However, we can’t forget the incredibly important role of dads in the delivery room. While mom is laboring, she needs to be supported and encouraged. She needs ice! And needs back rubs! Also someone to scream and curse at! For many women, that role is filled by her husband or boyfriend or partner. Dad can’t exactly get on the bed and push the baby out. But being a part of the miracle of bringing a child into the world is an unforgettable experience for him, too.

These powerful photos of dads in the delivery room show how partners can be supportive from beginning to end. Whether it’s a gentle hand on her back, or a pair of hands to guide the baby out, these dads were part of the process. And judging by the looks on some of their faces when they see their new baby for the first time, we think it’s pretty safe to say that it was a life-changing experience for them.

1. That smile could light a thousand dark rooms.

His face says, holy crap you’re here and I love you and omg, you’re here!

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