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24/12/2016 6:22 AM AEDT | Updated 24/12/2016 6:30 AM AEDT

29 Of The Most Incredible Birth Photos From 2016

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Every year, birth photographers around the world capture exquisite images. In some ways, the moments are so small ― a woman roaring through a contraction or the first time a mother locks eyes with her new baby. But in other ways, they are monumental. A few seconds or minutes pass and suddenly, families are forever changed.

Here, via Birth Becomes Her and Canadian Birth Photographers, are 29 of the most moving birth images from the past year.