Not only are fathers our best friends but they are also our heroes for life.The Huffington Post contacted the International Association of Professional Birth Photographersand asked for photographs capturing the emotional and physical support that all fathers give to their partners through childbirth. These photographs prove that when it comes to sharing childcare responsibilities, fathers are really thoughtful and focused.

Take a look at heart-warming pictures of fathers helping their partners during childbirth as described by the photographers who clicked them:

1. "This mom told me: 'Having Josh hold and support me helped me focus. He was like an anchor — something to hang on to and hold me together.'"

Source: Photo: Art By Jessica

2. "He wasn’t able to support his wife physically, but he found other ways to help and hold space."

"This dad was injured severely in an accident in Afghanistan just three months before the birth of their second baby. He wasn’t able to support his wife physically, but he found other ways to help and hold space."

Source: Vuefinder Photography

3. "This dad labored through intense contractions alongside his wife. Sometimes I’d look at him and know he was feeling her pain, too!"

Source: Jennifer Mason Photography

4. "With every contraction, he would remind her to relax and help her slow her breathing."

"This mother was determined to have an unmedicated birth in the hospital. When I asked her if she was hiring a doula she said, 'I don't need one, my husband is my labor coach.' With every contraction, he would remind her to relax and help her slow her breathing. It was so moving to watch the two of them working together."

Source: Lane B Photography

5. "I loved how they were working together, holding hands while she was circling on a birth ball."

"After a rather traumatic birth experience with their first child, this couple’s birth was filled with moments of love and peace. I loved how they were working together, holding hands while she was circling on a birth ball."

Source: Isabell Steinert Photography

6. "Fatherhood begins long before babies make their appearance. Endless love and unwavering support during labor and delivery is just one of the many ways!"

Source: Coastal Life Photography

7. "This mom told me: 'Joe was my rock. Steadfast, calm and strong. He knew exactly how to support me without me telling him what to do. It's like he was telepathic!'"

Source: Emily Gerald Photography

8. "And in the moments she was unsure if she could get through this, he reminded her of how incredibly strong she was."

"This father was so incredibly supportive through the delivery process. He held his wife's hand in between contractions and massaged her through the back labor. And in the moments she was unsure if she could get through this, he reminded her of how incredibly strong she was."

Source: Light of Mine Photography

9. " I have never seen such an attentive and supportive birth partner."

"This father never left his wife’s side during the entire birth experience. He was completely focused on getting her through each contraction. I have never seen such an attentive and supportive birth partner."

Source: Erin Shepley Photography

10. "This mother is in transition — that intense period of time just before pushing — without the use of epidural or pain medication. She had a doula present, but her husband was her true anchor."

Source: Bonnie Bee Photography and Events

11. "'I was angry, and I was sad because I wanted my wife — my best friend — to win. I wanted us to win!'"

"This dad told me: 'Before her C-section, I was thinking about the three pregnancy losses we had prior and all the hurt and pain we felt. I thought about all the things that my wife had to endure physically, emotionally and mentally up to that moment. It felt like a streak of bad luck. So I was angry, and I was sad because I wanted my wife — my best friend — to win. I wanted us to win!'"

Source: Emily Lapish

12. "This couple had an unplanned C-section. More than anything, the dad brought a place of stillness and focus in the midst of all the busy-ness."

Source: Naissance Photography

13. "Dad catching baby as his son is born in the water. These two were so connected through the labor process."

Source: Nicole Burmeister

14. "This dad wasn’t positive he wanted to help 'catch' the baby and was rather nervous about the entire process."

"This dad wasn’t positive he wanted to help 'catch' the baby and was rather nervous about the entire process. But after speaking with the nurse and doctor he was reassured he was going to do great — and he did! He actually pulled his son up and onto mom's chest."

Source: Blossom and Bloom Photography

15. "After a long labor by his wife’s side, this dad woke up from a quick nap at 2 a.m., scrubbed up with the midwife and eagerly delivered his beautiful baby boy!"

Source: Jessica Mehu Photography

16. "This daddy helped deliver his son who was born en caul during a home water birth!"

Source: Little Leapling Photography

17. "He was completely hands-on, delivering his baby boy!"

"This dad is a firefighter and paramedic. Part of the couple's deal was that if they were going to have a third baby, he'd get to help with the delivery. The amazing OB-GYN was super supportive of him being involved and when it came time for mom to push, basically walked dad through the delivery. He was completely hands-on, delivering his baby boy!"

Source: Francesca Marchese Photography

18. "I caught the dad's expression when the doctor said it was another boy. He was overjoyed!"

"These parents were having their third child and didn’t know the gender. They had two boys already, so there was a lot of chatter about what this baby would be. I caught the dad's expression when the doctor said it was another boy. He was overjoyed!"

Source: Rachel Demand Photography

19. "Complete happiness! This was the couple’s second daughter, born at home."

Source: Fabiano Knopp

20. "This couple opted out of knowing the gender before their baby arrived, so this is the very moment this dad got to tell his wife they had a perfect little girl!"

Source: Lindsey Scholz Photography

21. "All their boys were there and watched as their little sister was born. It was truly a full family moment."

"This was the couple’s sixth child, so the father was familiar with cutting the cord — but he still used guidance from their midwife to be sure to get it right. All their boys were there and watched as their little sister was born. It was truly a full family moment."

Source: Laura Beck Photography

22. "This dad was so supportive throughout labor, and when a C-section was called for, he continued to advocate for his wife and baby every step of the way."

Source: Three Plus Photography

23. "He kept repeating over and over 'She's perfect! She’s just so perfect, Mom!'"

"The moment in this picture was so beautiful. While the dad went in to be with his wife and meet their girl, I stood outside the OR doors with his mother. Then she watched as her own baby proudly burst through those OR doors with his baby, tears streaming down his face. He kept repeating over and over 'She's perfect! She’s just so perfect, Mom!'"

Source: Holly Michelle Photography

24. "This was baby number four for this couple, and the dad is as excited as if he was becoming a father for the very first time!"

Source: Doula Dianne

25. "When they moved the baby to the warmer, the doula took the computer over and held it over the baby so dad could see her up close. I cried!"

"This father was across the United States for military training so he was unable to come home. They started to Skype around the time she started pushing, and he was able to watch the whole thing sitting right there on the table next to her. When they moved the baby to the warmer, the doula took the computer over and held it over the baby so dad could see her up close. I cried!"

Source: Junebug Photography

26. "This couple had really, really wanted a baby for several years."

"This couple had really, really wanted a baby for several years. While I was waiting for the baby's father to come out from the OR, his sister said, 'I can hear him crying from here!' One minute later, we saw him — covered in happy tears and holding his baby girl."

Source: Public Kiss Photography

27. "Fathers play a very important role during C-sections. This dad provided comfort and a calming touch to his wife and his brand-new baby boy."

Source: Jessie Fultz Photography

28. "This is from a twin delivery of his two boys born a week before their planned C-section."

"This is from a twin delivery of his two boys born a week before their planned C-section. They had oxygen masks on as they needed a little assistance to breathe, and dad just stayed and stared at them the whole time!"

Source: Photography To Remember

29. "This contented father gives skin-to-skin contact to his firstborn twin boy in the OR after the NICU nurses attended to him."

Source: Julie Isaac, Sylva Photography

30. "Here, he’s helping with the weighing and measuring of the baby right after the C-section."

"This was a family-centered Cesarean with a clear drape, delayed cord clamping and immediate skin-to-skin. It was beautiful. I've never witnessed a hospital let a dad be so hands-on after birth. Here, he’s helping with the weighing and measuring of the baby right after the C-section."

Source: Brittany Brooks Photography

31. "This father is holding his daughter for the first time with his wife and gestational carrier in the background."

Source: Shoots and Giggles Photography

32. "This proud and doting dad introduces his eldest to his future partner in crime — the one he will forever pick on and protect! At just 16 months apart, these two are now inseparable."

Source: Steph Jones Photography

33. "These dads waited for so long for their baby — born via surrogate at a birth center — that they were just completely overcome with joy when they finally got to hold him."

Source: Brooke Walsh of Peace Love Babies

34. "This daddy and his first son are meeting and having a chat."

Source: Welcome Baby KC

35. "Holding him for the first time skin-to-skin was a very emotional moment."

"This dad’s pregnant wife and unborn daughter tragically passed away years ago. He has their names tattooed on his ring finger, which is visible in the photo. Later, he met and fell in love with his wife. This is their first son, Jude. Holding him for the first time skin-to-skin was a very emotional moment."

Source: Birth is beautiful-Captured by Ina

*teary eyes*

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