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Giving birth to the 7 billion babies

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Nurses hold newborn babies in Sidon, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. As of Oct. 31, according to the U.N. Population Fund, there will be 7 billion people sharing Earth's land and resources.

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Vinita Yadav, a 23-year-old Indian, holds her newborn baby girl Nargis, who was born at 7:20am, inside a community health center in Mall, India on Oct. 31, 2011. The world's population will reach seven billion on 31 October 2011, according to projections by the United Nations, which says this global milestone presents both an opportunity and a challenge for the planet. While more people are living longer and healthier lives, says the U.N., gaps between rich and poor are widening and more people than ever are vulnerable to food insecurity and water shortages.

What I love about these images is that while the locations, cultures, traditions and environments vary tremendously from country to country, there is the common thread of birth and motherhood at the heart of them.

Babies born today were welcomed into the world under the camera lens of photographers, all ready to capture the symbolic seven billionth baby. While experts are unable to precisely say that the population has officially hit 7 billion people, the United Nations designated the date according to estimates and projections done by the the U.N. Population Fund.

For more information: A child is born and world population hits 7 billion.

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A pediatrician measures the head of Linda Abigail, the third child of Lourdes Suyapa Rodriguez, 35, after she was born in the childbirth unit of the Escuela hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on Oct. 31, 2011.

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Buthaina, a young Sudanese mother lies in bed with her newborn baby at El-Fasher Women's Hospital in Sudan's northern Darfur region on Oct. 31, 2011. As Sudan's population reaches 33 million persons, with approximately six million living in Darfur's three states.

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Medics hold an infant boy shortly after Alla Baturina gave birth to him, at a perinatal center of Moscow City Hospital Number 8 in Moscow on Oct. 31, 2011.

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The symbolic seven billionth member of the world population from Sri Lanka, Muthumali receives a cuddle from her 23-year-old mother W.G. Dhanushika Dilani at the Castle Street Maternity Hospital in Colombo on Oct. 31, 2011. A special event was organized at the Castle Street Maternity Hospital to receive what is believed to be the seven billionth member of the world population.

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Newborn Pakistani babies, receive phototherapy treatment against neonatal jaundice, at the nursery room of a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. Countries around the world marked the world's population reaching 7 billion Monday with lavish ceremonies for newborn infants symbolizing the milestone and warnings that there may be too many humans for the planet's resources.