Would you like to have your delivery photographed?

(42 Posts)
seizethecamera Wed 01-May-13 09:18:34

I photographed a delivery recently and it was the most wonderful and moving experience. The parents asked me to be present and are now thrilled to have that moment documented.

I was certainly surprised to hear their request! I wonder if this would interest or horrify most expecting mothers?

LO was photographed very soon after birth with me, OH and the MW. Lovely pictures that I will treasure forever.

If someone had pulled a camera out while I was in labour/delivering him, I probably would've killed them with my bare hands.

AmandaCooper Fri 03-May-13 14:55:39

Yes - the photo I have of me in the pool with DS is my favourite photograph ever. We also have some lovely shots taken just after his birth, I only wish there were more. I'd want exclusive rights to the photos though!

elliejjtiny Thu 02-May-13 16:44:55

I wouldn't want a proffessional photographer in the room, or have the actual birth photographed. However I've seen some lovely photos done by birth photographers of the older siblings going off with grandparents so I'm going to ask DH to do that, as well as the one of me and the baby having skin to skin, baby being weighed ones he usually does.

I spent most of latent labour with DS3 pacing up and down the corridors in the hospital. When I heard they were going to tear down that part of the hospital I went and took photos of the corridors where I had been pacing [soppy idiot emoticon]

seizethecamera Thu 02-May-13 12:48:39

Oh no 5madthings! that's such a shame!!
This is all so interesting. Thank you all for sharing your thoughts. I must say I don't have children myself. The reason I'm putting feelers out to see how women feel about documenting their births, is because it struck me as such a special and seminal moment in person's/family's life. This seems obvious to say, but you just can't describe the look on a mother and father's face when they see their child come into the world. I realized there are probably few more poignant events in life that bring everybody together. So as a photographer, it was fascinating!

5madthings Wed 01-May-13 22:46:23

Yes i wish i had photos of mine, i have one in labour with dd.

I wish i had some pics of my labour with ds4, pool birth. Would have been lovely to have a pic of me and him im the pool.

My ds1 was at dd's birth and took pics on his phone but someone stole his phone before we got the chance to download them sad

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 01-May-13 22:41:59

Arrhhg to mirrors. DH didn't even want to cut e cord.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PoppyWearer Wed 01-May-13 22:31:30

No no no!

There was blood.....everywhere with both of mine. Everywhere.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 01-May-13 22:29:53

Horrify here too.

No. No. No.

The idea of having a stranger in the room who isn't anything to do with the birth (ie midwife/doula) is awful.

quip Wed 01-May-13 22:28:42

Yes except when pooing, screaming amd vomiting. And the haemorrhage would have been a bit monochrome, photo-wise.

Tbh I can't think of much worse than creating a digital record of the baby crowning.

Yes. Just not the bit when I was pooing or shouting at DP.

Fuckwittery Wed 01-May-13 22:22:24

My next and third brith will likely be a planned section so I might consider it, don't want the gory bits but I would be nice for dh to focus on me and photos to be taken by someone else. Although I think they only allow one in theatre so probably wouldn't work,
No way to natural delivery shots. I just couldn't have another person in the room and would be put off, I find it hard enough to labour with medical people around.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

xigris Wed 01-May-13 22:21:03

We have photos of DS1 the moment he was born, but none of the actual birth. I was pretty out of it on the entonox so couldn't remember a lot about his birth I'm also a bit of a control freak and thought it was a bit of a shame I never got to see his arrival. DH took photos of DS2 crowning and then filmed DS3s actual birth. It was a good couple of weeks before I could watch it but I'm so glad we did this. It was lovely to watch. Having said that, it was a very easy, fast birth. I think that had there been any complications or it had been traumatic, then I don't think I could have watched it! I also don't think that either DH or I would have wanted someone else at the births purely to record it.

I'm going off on a tangent now, but on the subject of having an extra person at the birth I've never got my head around the amount of people at some documentary (eg A Baby Story) births! I saw one where the labouring woman had her DH, parents, sister, in laws AND her Pastor! hmm

LifeOfPee Wed 01-May-13 22:15:45

Yes. I would love to have some pics of DS's birth. However, it was a calm and easy (well, as easy as it ever gets) labour and birth.

DD's birth on the other hand wouldn't have made for great snaps, maybe at the point of delivery but labour was me, on a bed, groaning. We don't need pictures of that.

Very difficult to plan any of that so inviting someone beforehand to take photos might not be feasible really.

Springforward Wed 01-May-13 22:13:46

Nope. Yuk.

exoticfruits Wed 01-May-13 22:07:27

No! No one other than you would ever want to see it. The DC certainly won't!

knittedflower Wed 01-May-13 22:05:49

I had photos taken of giving birth to my second child, at home in the water, I have some of my third child immediately afterwards, I didn't plan either way to have them photographed or not just told my sister to snap away with dc2 and not with dc3. Would not have considered it first time around but then one of my favourite photos was of her on my chest still blue. I am a midwife though and I kind of wanted to see how it looked when it was me having seen so many others go through it !

GingerDoodle Wed 01-May-13 21:12:02

Beforehand - I would have said hell no.

Now, given my experience - It might be nice, if unobtrusively and sensitively done.

However in my case; there was no time; my camera didn't even make it in with us (nor did the bag with towels!) until the morning after.

seizethecamera Wed 01-May-13 14:22:36

I shall continue my research! Thank you to everyone who has responded so far!

seizethecamera Wed 01-May-13 14:20:43

LittleDirewolfBitJoffrey I wonder if there are more women who share your interest in documenting their births with video or photographs?

Florin Wed 01-May-13 14:16:59

I had a very simple birth but one of my specific requests to my husband was no photos! I didn't want pics of me straight after birth either looking awful. We have of course got pictures of my ds straight after birth which are lovely.

seizethecamera Wed 01-May-13 14:13:16

accidental pun on the title, sorry ladies blush

moogalicious Wed 01-May-13 13:37:26

grin I thought pizza/shopping delivery when I read the title.

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