Post # 1
The front page of today’s NY Times has an article on birth photography–ie, photographers who specialize in taking pictures of the birth process. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/us/now-in-the-delivery-room-forceps-camera-action.html
Who knows if it’s really a growing trend, or just a very slow news day… But I thought I’d throw it out for discussion amongst the Bees. Would you choose to have your child’s birth photographed?
I can understand the arguments for, and I have never been pregnant and probably never will be, so I am perhaps not so qualified to speak on his topic. But it does weird me out a little, and I start thinking about the slippery slope into TTC photography… I think I’d rather just keep the birth personal, and stick with a baby photo shoot.
Post # 3
I’m on the fence about this one.
Post # 4
@MrsElopement: Ditto but I chose ‘keep it private’. I dunno, people video births and that makes me queasy. I can see a couple of pics during the first holding, feeding, etc, but I don’t need professional photography of my VADGE while I am pushing out a human. At this point, I feel like the narcissism of this era is going a little far. But maybe its just me.
Post # 5
We had planned on doing birthing photography but in the end it fell through…. One Photographer recently took a new position so they were oot and another was sick with a stomach bug. 9 weeks post partum and I’m still sad we weren’t able to get it. If there’s a next time it’s definitely a must.
Post # 6
I’m with WillyNilly… first holding/feeding, weigh in, and stuff of that nature. But the entire process, ummm… I wouldn’t want to see it, let alone pay someone to remind me of how horrible I looked pushing for 10 seconds.
Post # 7
I don’t really want to see it, I don’t even want my husband “down there” during the birth process, let alone a photographer. And my hospital doesn’t allow photos/video during birth anyway. (Photos are allowed before pushing begins, and after the baby is born, but not during pushing and birth.)
One of my co-workers has pictures of the actual birth, her son is 17 and she says she hasn’t looked at them since, but would feel bad throwing them out. She told me the pictures have just been in her safe for years, she doesn’t have a desire to look at them, and it’s not like you’re going to show them to anybody else either.
Post # 8
I voted other.
I think it can be beautiful and is a very important time in a couple’s life and I love seeing other peoples’…
….but what the heck would I do with them?! We’re 2.5 years out from the wedding and I still haven’t made an album or hung a wedding pic on the wall! I highly doubt I would ever manage a photo album with birth photos. This little one is going to be lucky to have a standard baby book!
Post # 9
I am just hoping and praying that this isn’t going to become the norm. Because if I see ONE photo of a tiny human bursting out of a vagina on my facebook newsfeed, I’m going to have to use bleach on my eyes.
I think that this has a lot to do with the parents, and nothing to do with the child. Who really wants the baby photos to be brought out when you bring your first gf/bf home anyway, not to mention for your mum suddenly slapping down a photo of you crowning out of her?
There’s a weird voyerism thing going on these days, and people are feeling the need to see and show more of the things that should be kept private.
Post # 11
The article does say that crowning photos are really only taken at the request of the Mother, so I really hope people have the good sense not to post them on fb!
I would think that birth photography was weird, but after seeing a couple of bees post photos I think it’s actually really nice. I want my SO to be focused on me when I do end up giving birth, not the camera! Having someone there to capture the moments would be great, but I’m curious how the photographers deal with really long labors. It must get really pricey to have someone there all day shooting.
Post # 12
Nope I imagine i would not look very good in the pics and probably always feel bad about myself when I looked at them, plus no one else really wants to see pictures of you writhing in pain.
Post # 13
@Nellop: Your comment made me lol!
Post # 14
@Nellop: LOL @ “if I see ONE photo of a tiny human bursting out of a vagina on my facebook newsfeed” I swear to Buddha, I will shoot Zuckerberg myself if this is allowable.
Post # 15
I couldn’t do it! The only person I’m going to want in there when the time comes is my husband, and the necessary amount of doctors/nurses for a safe delivery lol. A photographer would just be one extra person to feel my wrath…hm..on second thought, that might be nice! hahahah
Post # 16
Not my thing. For starters, I couldn’t justify the cost. The article said one photog started at close to $2k. That’s more than we paid for our wedding pictures. It seems like that money could be better spent in other ways like going towards his/her nursery or college fund. Beyond just that, I wouldn’t want a non-essential stranger in the room when I’m going to hell and back in some pretty compromising positions. That’s not something that I would even want documented. I guess if I had a close friend with the ability to take awesome photos (which I actually do) then I would consider it but I wouldn’t pay an outsider to be there during this very intimate time in our lives.