Moms Who Allow Birth Photographers in the Delivery Room Must Be Out of Their Minds

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The birth of our children is one of, if not the most significant moments in our lives, which is why it's only natural for us to want to commemorate the experience by taking pictures.

But there are some couples who are going one step further than whipping out their digital cameras. The practice of hiring a birth photographer seems to be on the rise, proving that there are some things people just don't consider sacred anymore.

And when I say birth photographer, I'm not talking about a nice lady who comes in and takes pics of you holding your newborn baby and looking all happy and glowing. Nope. Birth photographers snap shots of the entire process -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. (Yikes.)

As you will see in the video clip below, some couples want to be able to see a play-by-play of the entire birth, which is why they let photographers take upwards of 600-900 photos from the time they check into the hospital until the time the baby is born.


Ok, am I the only one who finds birth photography more than a little bit invasive -- and kind of creepy?

When I gave birth to my son, I wouldn't even let my own husband take pictures of the actual labor and delivery process. Ok, so maybe there were one or two shots of me lying there in the bed hooked up to the monitor giving a big ole' thumbs up before the pitocin really kicked in, but after that? There was no way in hell I wanted any sort of camera within a good 100 feet of me.

I was in excrutiating pain. I was sweating. I was whining. And right before my little guy made his entrance into the world, the doctor informed me that she was going to have to perform an episiotomy because I was about to "tear up top," which is apparently really bad. Um, why on earth would I want to relive any of those horrific moments by having them captured on film? It was bad enough experiencing it once, let alone having a permanent reminder of how much my body went through during 24 hours of labor.

After I was all stitched up and my baby was placed in my arms, I finally let the camera come out again. But the only person taking pictures was my husband -- which is the way it should be.

Back to the birth photographer thing. If snapping shots of the birth isn't bad enough, the fact that a total stranger is doing it is what really weirds me out about this trend. Giving birth is so private and intimate, and it just seems so strange to want someone you barely know in the room getting up close and personal.

But then again, everyone is different, and I guess some parents see hiring a birth photographer as a blessing, since they are able to capture moments that wouldn't be possible to see otherwise. 

To each his own, but personally, I really believe not every single experience in life is meant to be shared with anyone and everyone. When it comes to privacy, I draw the line with random people capturing me in my most vulnerable and emotional state.

Would you hire a birth photographer?


Image via Fox 5

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LostS... LostSoul88

Judging more women again... surprise surprise....

MamaC... MamaCatShively

NO!  I'm with you on the sweaty and in pain and the episiotomy so it's not EVERY going to happen.  And luckily my husband feels the same way.  Pictures after baby girl and I are clean and settled is just fine by me.  And the hubby can take them.  And one of her with the doctor too would be great :)

Serab... Serabelle

Hell to the NO! To each their own, but no way in heaven, hell or on Gods green earth will there be a camera while I give birth! Only the father of the child, and possibly my mommy, will be allowed with me.

nonmember avatar Madeline

If having a "Birth photographer" is your thing, fine. It is not for everyone.

jalaz77 jalaz77

I would of loved one. My last baby was a 2 freaking hour labor m from 1st cramp to delivery and if it weren't for my doula I would have zero pics of that experience! Thank god for her!

ashjo85 ashjo85

My gut reaction is hell no. But I missed a LOT of my labor and delivery, focusing on one thing or another. Being in pain, medicated for portions of it. Having clear, photos to capture that experience, looking back on it, would have been invaluable to me. There's simply too much to take in all at once.

Maggie Kolb

I wish someone had taken some more pictures.

TKsMo... TKsMommie

It isn't my thing but as a photographer, I follow a few birth photographers and you will never see more beautiful and touching pictures.  Moments that NEVER would be seen otherwise.  But you have to be willing to spend the money to get one who knows what they are doing.  Otherwise you do end up with just awkward pictures of you covered in sweat and screaming because they don't know how to capture the emotion behind everything going on.

Lovem... Lovemyshadows

Dd had a nurse pick up the camera and start taking pics.  When we got the pics back we found several pics im sure dd would not want passed around.  We gave her the only printed copies and the negatives I'm  not sure what she did with them but that's her business.  We don't blame the nurse we figured she thought she was being helpful.

mandy... mandysue88

I would have loved a videographer or photographer to have captured those moments I think it would make the where do baby's come from and other sex related questions easier to answer for my children one day. I wantmy kids to know its not all sunshine and butterflies its painful and a lot of work. I love this idea.

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