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39 Photos Of Pets Supporting Their Humans Through Childbirth

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12/01/2017 8:43 AM AEDT | Updated 12/01/2017 8:47 AM AEDT
Brittney Cruz, Chapter One: Birth
"Loyal Birth Companions: Pets at Births" highlights a special group of birth team members. 
Brittney Cruz, Chapter One: Birth
"Loyal Birth Companions: Pets at Births" highlights a special group of birth team members. 

For over four years, the Birth Photography Facebook group has been producing slideshows of gorgeous labor, delivery and postpartum images and sharing them on its public page. After compiling photos featuring midwives, doulas, dads and siblings, the group decided to focus its latest project on another special subset of birth team members: pets!

“Dogs and other pets seem to instinctively know that something is up during a pregnancy,” the Birth Photography group’s founder Laura Eckert told The Huffington Post. “They can become more protective of the mother-to-be, as though they sense that something is about to happen.”

Eckert shared photos from “Loyal Birth Companions: Pets at Births” with HuffPost. “As these images show, pets are often very curious and maybe even concerned about what is going on during a home birth, and they often offer a sense of calm for the laboring mother,” she said. “To some moms it’s like having an extra support person right there beside them throughout their labor.”

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    Laura Eckert, New Creation Birth Photography
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    Jen Olson, Jennifer liv photography
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    Michelle Bressler, Luciddream Photography Inc
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    Leilani Rogers
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    Lori Lee, Lori Lee Photography
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    Robin Baker, Birth Blessings Photography and Doula Services
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    Brittney Cruz, Chapter One: Birth
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    Tammy Schmit, Little Leapling Photography
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    Danna Stumberg, Stumberg Photography
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    Michelle Garey, Michelle Garey Photography
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    Jennifer Hurley Ream, Life and Blessings Photography and Doula Services
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    Megan Bowen, Snap Life Photography
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    Nikki Williams, Nikki Williams Birth Services
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    Robin Baker, Birth Blessings Photography and Doula Services
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    Kim Be, Breathe In Photography
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    Danna Stumberg, Stumberg Photography
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    Robin Baker, Birth Blessings Photography and Doula Services
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    Ina Boteva , Birth is beautiful-Captured by Ina
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    Patricia N Cannon , Sweet Plum Photography
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    Laura Eckert, New Creation Birth Photography
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    Brooke Walsh, Twin Cities Birth Photographers
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    Catie Stephens, Vuefinder Photography
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    Belle Verdiglione, Belle Verdiglione Photography
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    Erin Malkani, Push Photography
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    Tammy Schmit, Little Leapling Photography
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    Haley Lent
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    Tammy Schmit, Little Leapling Photography
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    Ashley Marston, Ashley Marston Photography
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    Lori Lee, Lori Lee Photography
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    Belle Verdiglione, Belle Verdiglione Photography
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    Jen Olson, Jennifer liv photography
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    Leilani Rogers
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    Belle Verdiglione, Belle Verdiglione Photography
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    Lori Lee, Lori Lee Photography
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    Patricia N Cannon , Sweet Plum Photography
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    Melissa Cate Photography
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    Justine Marie Herrera, Tulsa Birth Photographer
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    Melissa Cate Photography
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    Amanda McGhee, Kimberlin Gray Photography
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