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Birth photography

Use the words "birth photography" to any mom, and you're bound to get one of two reactions. Either moms are enchanted by the idea or more than a little freaked out about having someone with a camera catching such an intimate moment. 

Ask a photographer, on the other hand, and the reactions are much the same: birth photography, as Laura Eckert says, is addictive. Eckert is the woman behind New Creation Photography, an Iowa photography studio, but she's also the mom behind the wildly popular Birth Photography Facebook group, a place where folks like her share images of magical moments inside the delivery rooms and bedrooms where babies come into the world.

Why would anyone want a camera in the room in one of the most personal moments of their life? Well, when you ask Eckert, the better question is why not?

"We take photos of all the milestones and events in our lives, big or small, from hiring a wedding photographer to taking your own iPhone photos of what we're eating for lunch," Eckert told The Stir. "Why wouldn't you want beautiful and tastefully captured images from one of the biggest days of your life?

"Birth is SO much more than just that moment."

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Some moms are easily convinced about birth photography -- they're fine with a camera in the delivery room. But why not just let your partner do the honors? Well, says Lindsay Dever, a former nurse turned photographer, your partner is supposed to be there for you -- not to capture the birth.

Pond didn't hire anyone to man the lens when she gave birth, and she regrets it.

"[My husband] did capture certain images I wanted, but during my Cesarean, he was attentive to me and less interested in photographing the first breath and first moments," Dever recalled. "Some of the photos were out of focus, and the worst part was that his camera had accidentally put in images size in email mode. All the images were basically ruined. If we ever have another baby, I will insist on hiring a professional!"

Moms like Dever are behind a bona fide trend. In fact, these days, hiring someone to snap your birth is so popular there's even an actual association of birth photographers with members all over the globe.

As Eckert explains, it's not just about getting photos of baby, it's about capturing your own memories.

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"A lot of times, moms who are really in-the-moment in their birth don't have a lot of memories of exactly what went on during their labor. Seeing their birth photos really helps fill in the gaps as they 'relive' their labor and delivery through the eye of the camera," Eckert says, "not to mention the baby getting the chance to relive their own birth sometime down the road!"

Not sold on whether or not birth photography is for you? The Stir asked some of the top folks in the business to share some of their most beautiful images -- and the stories behind why it is they do what they do.

Number 10 is such a magical photo -- would you pay to have one like it?

 

Image via New Creation Photography

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miche... micheledo

I would love to have a photographer there, though it would have to be a friend I was comfortable with.  :)  Beautiful pictures!!

JaiLei JaiLei

I personally love #'s 15, 22, and 25. I think they are incredibly sweet. Who doesn't want pictures of their child's first moments of life and being in the arms of mommy for the first time.

Jeana... JeanaJaybird

I personally am OK with whatever photos I was able to get from my husband and mother.. I suppose I'm sort of old school, but I am not the type of person who snaps photos all the time of everything, and I am content with my own memories of each of my children's births. I don't believe that (IF I have anymore babies in the future) I would hire a birth photographer, but I may be open to someone I'm comfortable with doing it for free! Lol

MareCad Titanic

May this family have decades of happiness !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pooh2... pooh2you1985

No that part of my life is a personal privet moment between me and daddy

Savan... SavannahAP

These are GORGEOUS!!!! I love them and couldn't stop smiling as I looked through them. Beautiful :)

nonmember avatar M

I wish I had pictures like these! My 1st delivery was natural & I couldn't have the epidural due to back previous problems. I was so loopy from the meds that I don't remember parts of the precious moment. It's not like I can ever get those back!

Then my second & last delievery of my identical twins was a c-section. My hubby almost fainted & was instructed to stay by my head. I was extremely out of it from meds again! I was heart broken when the boys were pulled out of me, whisked away with the nurses, then only brought back because I threw a FIT for not even seeing them. The nurses held them about 6 inches from me & kind of tilted them my way. I wasnt able to focus to see them clearly, my arms were still strapped down and they called my husband to follow them to see the babies because I needed to be wheeled into the recovery room for them to prep for the next delivering mom.

bless... blessed5312

I have pictures of the first time I held each of my boys.  My 3rd is the closest to birth, he was my waterbirth and the midwife caught him then put him straight in my arms. 

nonmember avatar Josh

When babies come out of The womb their so freakin ugly and scary

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