WARNING: Photos might be graphic to some readers. 1. This dad who took cutting the cord into his own hands, er, mouth. Photographer: Apple Blossom Families / Via appleblossomfamilies.com 2. This refreshingly real capture. Krista Evans Photography / Via lovebykristaevansphotography.com 3. This birthing that was a family affair. Birth of Hope Doula & Lifestyle Photographer / Via birthofhope.com 4. This mom who gave birth outdoors as the sun rose behind her. Vanessa Brown Photography / Via vannessabrown.com 5. This tireless mom who continued to parent her boys even as she labored to have another. Photographer: Jaydene Freund / Via cradledcreations.com 6. The sweet moment when this mom got a kiss of encouragement from her oldest. Krista Evans Photography / Via lovebykristaevansphotography.com 7. This father who was overcome with emotion as he welcomed his son into the world. Cradled Creations Birth Photography / Via cradledcreations.com 8. And this mom whose heart grew a million sizes all at once. Northern Accents Photography / Via northernaccentsphotography.com 9. The beautiful moment when this mother — at long last and after much struggle — held her healthy baby born via surrogate. Ashley Marston Photography / Via ashleymarstonbirthphotography.com 10. And the equally beautiful moment when this surrogate brought the love of a child to this family. Photographer: Cat McAteer / Via catmcateerphotography.com 11. This toddler who helped with his new sibling's weigh-in. Felicia Chang Photography / Via feliciachangphotography.com 12. This mom who was busy birthing the placenta as dad held the baby. Spiritual Birth Photography / Via spiritualbirthphotography.com 13. This mom who breastfed her big girl — and her brand-new baby girl — at the same time. Amber Bourret Photography / Via ambphotos.ca 14. This touching shot of a mother holding her daughter as she labored to become a mother herself. Heather Bays Photography / Via heatherbays.com 15. This dad who was filled with emotion upon holding his baby girl for the first time. Erin Shepley Photography / Via erinshepleyphotography.com 16. The tranquil moment caught seconds after this little one entered the world. Catherine Brown Photography / Via sacredmoments.ca 17. This mom who knew that every contraction she endured brought her closer to holding her baby. Katia G Photo / Via katiagphoto.com 18. This unforgettable entry into the world. Photographer: Stacey Lorraine / Via staceylorrainebirthphotography.com 19. And the pure emotion of becoming three. Photographer: Apple Blossom Families / Via appleblossomfamilies.com For more Best of 2016 content, click here!