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