Post # 1
OMG! A girlfriend of mine invited me to be in the L&D room with her and her hubby for the birth of their 2nd child. I got there when she was at about 8cm and already had the epidural – so, I missed a big part of the contractions and pain and really was there for the fun part 🙂
It was such an honor to be there and was such a beautiful experience!!! It was way more calm than I thought it would be …. and a lot more ‘doable’ than what my mind pictures. The human body is AMAZING!
Post # 3
wow! thats amazing that she invited you to be in there with her. i think i would have been a little intimidated by that!
Post # 5
haha my first thought when i saw this title was “ewww!” i’m so terrified of labor and the potential for pooping on yourself.
but really, that’s such a beautiful thing! it must have been so exciting!
Post # 6
I videotaped a friend giving birth to her son about six years ago. It was a little awkward – “So, how zoomed in would you like me to get….” When he finally came out (her labor was 57 hours long – no, that’s not a typo), it was awesome.
For those wondering – she really wanted to not have a C-section. She and the baby were being monitored very closely for signs of distress, and right before they decided it was time for surgery, she was finally fully dilated and able to push.
Post # 7
I was lucky enough to watch my little sister give birth to my nephew 3 months ago and after having 2 children of my own I still didn’t know what to expect. I however LOVED it and feel so blessed to have been able to witness such a miracle!
Post # 8
@kitzy: LOL – I was totally freaked out she’d poop, too! 😉 but, thankfully – she didn’t. I really thought it would be more terrifying/gross, but it really wasn’t! I was in the labor room when my sister when through it (she ended up doing a c-section) and that situation was a lot more stressful. I think it all depends on the person. And, I’m sure it helped that I showed up after the epidural and didn’t see a lot of the intense pain part.
@redherring: and – yeah – it was SUPER awkward (when her legs went up in the stirrups)… and then she asked if I could see the head – and I’m like – uh, never really spent this much time looking at a girl parts before!! LOL… I was taking pictures and she wanted a few shots of down there… and the doctor gave me a hard time about taking too many crotch shots! – I almost died of embarrassment – but the nurse backed me up, saying the mom wanted them! But, I ended up switching angles and took them from the mom’s view (so to speak) vs. the doctor’s view.
Post # 9
My first thought was “ewwww” like Kitsy, but birthing scenes in movies/on tv make me uncomfortable so i can’t imagine watching in real life. haha. But that’s really great that you enjoyed it! I imagine that if I’m ever in the L&D room, then I’d be staying by the head. I’m a wuss.
Post # 10
Oh my goodness I couldn’t even watch when I was the one delivering!
Post # 11
If everything goes as planned, I get to photograph a birth next month! I’m beyond excited!
Post # 12
Congrats! It really is such an amazing thing. I was lucky enough to get to see a baby be born during my L&D rotation in nursing school. It was very emotional and a moment I will probably never forget.
Post # 13
I work on L&D, and love going to work!! It’s such an amazing experience each time, and never gets old 🙂
Post # 14
@Boston Bee: I thought it would be a lot like what’s portrayed on movies, etc – but it really wasn’t. Far less ‘gross’ factor – it was really a beautiful, natural moment… the actual delivery was over pretty quickly – it reminded me of how I felt after walking down the aisle – this happy, bubbly, amazed that it happened – whoa that was quick.. type feeling 🙂
@KLP2010: what an INCREDIBLE gift you will be giving the parents! I took a lot of pictures for the parents and felt SO ill-prepared. I was thankful that one of my photog friends had taken pictures of her nephew being born and I tried to mimic some of those angles in my pictures for them… I was wishing I had a faster camera (I just had their point and shoot) so I missed a lot of those first yawns, looks, etc – waiting for the shutter to click!
Post # 15
@oracle: Like others, my first thought was “ew” because I have seen the Miracle of Birth educational movie a few times and found it really hard to watch. I’m glad you enjoyed your experience though and were able to provide the mother with some shots that she wanted! Congrats to your friend!
Post # 16
@Boston Bee: I feel exactly the same!