Never before in history have fathers played such a large role in the birth of their children. Birth is now a journey that 2 parents take together. The woman may be doing most of the work, but her partner is often there to offer sweet words of encouragement, strong supporting arms, and in some cases, fathers are participating in catching their children and cutting the cord.
A birth is a journey of new life and new rolls. For a man, it's a journey taken to become a father. Some men are strong supportive rocks for their partner to lean on, others fearfully sit in the shadows terrified watching their partner in pain, but all end up moved beyond words when they hold their sons and daughters in their arms for the first time.
Here is a tribute to the many men I have watched become fathers this year.