Skin-to-Skin: Pics of Gay Dads Holding Their Babies for the First Time

Our lives can be changed in a single moment. For these dads, it was when their children first entered this world, and are placed straight into their arms to be held for the first time. Skin-to-skin is performed within the first one to two hours of a baby being born. It helps stabilize their breathing, heart rate and body temperature. It can also be one of the most profound and powerful moments of a new dad's life.

Enjoy this collection of photos capturing the incredible moment as these gay men hold their babies, skin-to-skin, for the very first time.

Tom and Jean Pierre with Augustine, Toronto, Ontario



Charlie and James with daughter Charlie, San Francisco, California



Danny and Graham with Collin, Seattle, Washington



Alnardo and Anthony with Preston, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Joey and Jonathan with Jake, Los Angeles, California


Michael and Jordi with Noah, Spain



BJ and Frankie with Milo, Toronto, Ontario



Tim and Addison with their daughter, Parker, Texas



Ryan and Chris with their twins, Olivia and Orson, Falkirk, Scotland




Richard and Carlos with their son, Marietta, Georgia



Sæþór and Ágúst with Daníel Valur, Reykjavík, Iceland



Jeffrey and Mark (not pictured) with their twins Blake and Tucker, Wilton, California



Steve and Nick with Anderson, Akron, Ohio


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