The winning entry
Never before have the moments prior to, during and after birth been captured in such an inspiring way.
Yes, they're pretty messy and there are bits everywhere – but there's no denying the raw beauty in these pictures, however difficult and painful the births might have been (and so often are).
The winning entry above shows an underwater birth, while the other winners show babies crowning, women in the full throes of labour and a woman delivering twins, one that looks like it's still in its amniotic sac.
The pictures come from the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers and these are the result of their 5th annual competition.
Click next to see the winners of the 2016 Image of the Year Competition...