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Needless to say, I was nervous about the birth of my first born; aren't we all?. Thankfully, and surprisingly, everything went well.

The only regret I have about the experience is not having someone take photos to document the magical moments our son came into the world.

What do you think about professional birth photography? Is it something you would consider, or do you think it would take away from the intimacy of the miracle?

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My friend had a home water birth and had a professional photographer onhand to capture the moment. They are some of the most beautiful photos I've seen; and they absolutely captured the moment when she was introduced to her daughter. Just beautiful. For me, I ended up with a C section and so we made do with the fabulous anaesthetist taking some photos for us. Not glamourous professional photos, but they captured a magical moment in our lives. I think with these things, it's down to personal taste and preference.
I used to think the idea was a bit icky but having seen some beautiful professional birth photos I get the attraction now. I didn't have photos taken while I was giving birth either time, but I do have amateur shots of both my kids just a couple of minutes after birth, which I treasure. When I look at them I remember how tiny they were, and what a brand new baby actually looks like (something they don't normally show you on tv).

I would have liked to have a couple of me in labour during my home birth (nothing of the business end, just maybe my face when I saw my son for the first time) but at the time I wouldn't have wanted anyone intruding taking pictures and as it turned out there was no-one there to do it anyway (very quick, so it was just us and our daughter) since my husband was, quite rightly, busy experiencing the birth of his baby rather than photographing it.
Beautiful. I would have loved a home birth but it was not meant to be. I don't know how I'd feel about a stranger taking the photos either. My husband volunteered to take photos for our second child, but judging by the way he responded to the birth of our first baby, there is no way he could focus on capturing the moment. He would be too overcome by emotion. Besides, I wouldn't want that for him - experiencing the birth of his child behind the camera - or for me. Naturally, I'd require his full and undivided attention!
by Vee
Keep the cameras and photographers out of the deliver room. The more people in the delivery room, the more chance of infection. Anyways, we don't know how much the baby appreciates the extra company, noise, lights etc.
It is a private moment, particularly for the mother. Believe it or not, some mothers don't even like their husbands in there, let alone a photographer. A whole HEAP of women don't photograph that well during and immediately post birth - and - absolutely no mothers business end or breasts come up that well on the glossies either. Nice for the mothers to see ONLY. There has been a stack of articles on husbands being turned OFF by the experience - and even if that is a temporary things, no sense bringing it all back via camera.
by fran.
Fran, as I said, mine were amateur shots, so the person who took them (my mum) would have been there camera or no camera. It's not as if we had extra people there. In fact, with my second birth it was my husband who took photos (not during the birth, maybe ten minutes after, once he'd cut the cord) and there were only four people present including the baby. Even if we'd had a professional photographer that still would have been fewer people present than you get at a lot of hospital births. I really doubt one more person present would make much difference.

And yes, I know some women don't want their husbands there. That's their choice. My husband wanted to be there both times. He said it was an amazing experience and he wouldn't have missed it for the world. I think men who are "put off" sex by seeing their wives give birth need to grow up and get over it. If a woman wants a photo as a record of such an important moment in her life that's up to her. She shouldn't have to worry about whether other people will like the photo. It's not their business.
Nope - not for me - I think it's all a bit gross (for that first year you'd love them and then you'd look back when the beautiful three year old is around and there's this wrinkly screaming baby covered in goop and you're wondering why you spent all that money...That my take and I know it's not the popular one. Also, is the moment they came into the world the special one, or what they did with every moment after that?
Love your reply Lydia & you're not alone. Although I haven't got kids, it's not something that would have appealed to me either. To each their own I guess and if others get something special out of it, then go for it.
It's upmarket yet its beautiful. A special bonding time between mother and baby :)
My friend had a home water birth and had a professional photographer onhand to capture the moment. They are some of the most beautiful photos I've seen; and they absolutely captured the moment when she was introduced to her daughter. Just beautiful. For me, I ended up with a C section and so we made do with the fabulous anaesthetist taking some photos for us. Not glamourous professional photos, but they captured a magical moment in our lives. I think with these things, it's down to personal taste and preference.
I wouldn't want a stranger taking snaps while/after just giving birth. All I'd want to do is be with my new born and partner, and rest. Maybe a week or so later get a professional photo taken, but before that, a photo taken by a family member is more than adequate.
Well this is the very first time I have heard of 'Professional Birth Photography'.

Just go's to show it was just a matter-of-time.
I would imagine, that it is done well....or the hospital would not allow it.
I also would think it comes with a nice price tag?
If you know the people can do a very good job, and you can afford it...go for it!
Why not.
Giving birth is a joyous time, and good pic's mean a lot.
I like the idea, will have to look into it for info....just to see what they do.
jonaj, a quick Google search should suffice. I've seen some beautiful shots that have made me cry and others that have given me goosebumps. I would love to find a photographer for our next one, but I'm not sure about the cost and how I would feel with a stranger in the delivery room!
by Vee
I love the pic above I posted....poor little baby...LOL ''put me back''! it seems to say :)
by jonaj
Oh yuck! Having to go through two Caesareans', I doubt anybody would be interested in seeing THOSE photos!
I think if you are choosing a professional birth photographer, one with doula training is ideal. A good birth photographer can work in low light, is almost invisible, but primed to capture The Moments.

If it is important to you to have the birth recorded, it is best done by someone else, not your partner. And a doula might be able to take some snap shots, but it would not be the priority. So a professional birth photographer can be a valuable addition.
I wouldnt like it unless my husband was taking the film.
by Finy
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