Post # 1
Due with my first baby in December though expecting him early November cause complications. I’m wondering who is going to take the important pictures in the delivery room!?!?
I really would only like to have my fiance in the room with me. But i would like to capture some pictures of him cutting baby’s cord and a couple of us right as they pull baby up on my belly to see him for the first time and stuff. Who takes these pictures? Would I have to have someone in the room with me to do this? EEK. I guess I could ask my mother to do that… It wouldn’t be terrible and I wonder if I might want her in there towards the end anyway… MAYBE. But I really want those pictures those first few moments of stuff are important to me and I want to make sure we capture them.
Post # 3
Commenting to follow–I honestly hadn’t thought of that!
Post # 4
@gpsp2B: they are called “birth photographers” where I’m from, it is kind of a new thing. You hire them specifically and they are “on-call’ when you are getting close to delivery and then accompany you to the hospital to take tasteful photos during the entire process. It’s pretty neat! Not something that I wanted to spend money on, though… Here’s a great example:
Post # 5
With all the hullabaloo going on right at the moment of birth, I wouldn’t want the stress of worrying about pictures. I would just want to be in the moment, and not worry about doctors/nurses running around and getting in the way. If you really want pictures, I think the pro photographer is the best idea, because it’s their only job, they won’t get distracted, and it’s the best chance for good quality pictures (not blurry out-of-focus backlit shots). But personally, I’ll be enjoying being in the moment, and we’ll take pictures 30-60 minutes later, when things have calmed down and I can take a breath without worrying about five people in the room trying to stitch/clean/warm/etc.
Post # 6
I was just in my baby class and they said there are always extra nurses in the room and they are usually the ones that take pictures. If you give them a camera they will take any pictures you want.
She also said that surprisingly many moms think of this right away and start giving orders so its not uncommon and its pretty easy to remember since you are full of adrenaline. But you could write a note and leave it with the camera to the side as soon as you come in and just direct the nurses to the note when its time.
Post # 7
@gpsp2B: a very good friend of ours had someone photograph the moments after ( not anything like cutting the cord or the delivery) . But they captured The first time she laid eyes on him, watching her husband gaze in awe at his beautiful bride and new baby and their first family photo. It was so intimate and so beautiful I sobbed first time I saw them! I highly recommend it and I think a family member is best as they know you the best 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 8
I had a baby by c-section two weeks ago. The nurses and anesthesiologist insisted they take pictures so we could be in the moment. We have pictures of the cord cutting, and our first family photo was taken right after delivery in the surgical room. I don’t think I would want a photographer there, and if you have a c-section they only let one person in the room anyways.
Post # 9
I used to work in another hospital, we actually had cameras in the O.R. for births and a lot of time a nurse would come in to help out while another would take pictures for the mom and dad.
I never really thought about what happens when there isn’t an extra nurse available…..
Post # 10
I am hiring a photographer because I feel like being “in the moment” I won’t remember it and I really want some private pictures of post-birth as a family. I posed in a local mom2mom FB group and found 2 really great photographers who are fairly inexpensive. I haven’t had a child (yet) but I think the nurses are probably busy and TBH it’s not their job so they might turn you down…although it couldn’t hurt to ask.
Post # 11
@cowgirlace: those were absolutely beautiful photos! i cried and i don’t even know the lady! She also managed to look absolutely fabulous throughout the whole process…lucky her haha
Post # 12
yeah definitely don’t have extra money for a photographer! If it came down to that I would ask my mom to be there for pictures! She would do it for me. I may want her there anyways. I’m not sure! But I will talk to my OB about it and see if they have extra nurses! That would be super awesome! I feel like that would be very routine to have extra nurses even for that because its very important to people. However I will definitely have lots of people in the room because I have to be induced early at 34 weeks and the NICU team will be in the room ready to go in case baby needs some help!
Post # 13
No babies yet, but I have a best friend who is going to take care of that. She’s perfect because she is very calm, non-squeamish and I want her there when that day comes!
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Umm… so I have those photos from DS’s birth and I do not want to look at them or let anyone else look at them. I mean, seriously, I was an exhausted mess (complete with a broken blood vessel in my eye), DS looks like a cherry tomato with a weird crochet hat on his head, and it’s all around not a very photogenic moment. Maybe other women look better than I do right after child birth? If they do, more power to them. lol
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
@lovekiss: I have one photo of a friend of mine, me, and her newborn baby in the hospital together hours after she gave birth. She begged me to NEVER show it to anyone else as she is unrecognizable, swollen, no make up, and just an exhausted mess.
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
@Ms_Purple: Glad to hear I’m not the only one who looked like hell after childbirth. 🙂