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These Shockingly Beautiful Birth Photos Were Named The Best For 2017

You have got to see these. (Warning: graphic images.)

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers have announced the winners of their 2017 Image of the Year Competition, and they're nothing short of absolutely stunning.

This dramatic moment during a home water birth won Best in Category: Labor.

This amazing capture of an amniotic sac breaking won Best in Category: Delivery.

This peaceful postbirth shot won Best in Category: Postpartum.

This stunning photo — featuring a strategically placed placenta — won Best in Category: Birth Details.

And this unforgettable shot of a mom laboring en route to the hospital (hopefully they got there in time!) was named the first-place winner.

The contest's honorable mentions are unforgettable too — like this photo of the moment a baby entered the world via a water birth.

Or this one of a mom meeting her baby born via surrogate.

Look at this staggering shot of a baby being born via cesarean.

This photo of a mom's determination and grit is something special.

This scary shot is of a baby with the umbilical cord wrapped around their face.

And this photo captured something very rare — a baby born en caul (still fully inside the amniotic sac).

This mom's joy in meeting her baby is off the charts.

This photo captures the perspective of a little girl watching her little sibling enter the world (and probably learning a thing or two about biology in the process).

And this capture frames another little girl meeting her baby sister for the first time.

This shot beautifully captures the quiet reflection of a new mom.

Also special? This photo of a mom and her twins.

Wow — this unforgettable shot shows a baby on the verge of entering the world.

And this lovely shot is a beautiful tribute to the bliss of new motherhood.

You can see all of the competition's entries here.