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Birth photos: The moment I became a mom

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

The first connection

That first time when a mother greets her newborn child is a life-changing moment forever etched in time. In honor of Mother's Day, here are a few of those moments from some special moms -- guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings.

Rachael Ven Salzer's birth photoRachael Ven Salzer

Rachael, mother of two from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, pictured with Scarlette

"I wasn't expecting her to come out so quietly and peacefully. It was quite the opposite from my first birth. Everything happened so fast, and I had her in my arms before I even knew what was happening. She was so content, so perfect, so exactly how I imagined her... perfect."

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