|Posted on 31 March, 2016 at 13:00||comments (0)|
Oh Birth Photography...Just the mention of a photographer in the birthing room can cause some couples to cringe. “We don’t want any pictures of what’s happening DOWN there”… “I really don’t want another stranger in the birthing room”… “ACK…gross!”
Fair enough. But let’s break it down:
The birth of your baby is an experience you really can’t anticipate to its fullness. The beauty of the moment is surreal. All the bloody horror scenes depicted in stories you hear, movies you watch and pictures you see are usually NOT the reality.
A birth photographer will not be a stranger in your birthing space. They will be someone you’ve previously met, someone you feel a connection with; interview a few to make sure you feel safe with them. Once you’re in the ‘birthing zone’ you probably won’t even notice when they’ve quietly snuck into the room and started taking pictures.
Birth photography has so many long-lasting benefits. A good photographer can capture the feeling during your birth; love, warmth, support, surprise, joy; the connection between mom, dad, and baby; a beautiful memento of the best day of your life. Photography is a way to capture those first precious moments, first skin to skin with baby, first kisses, that look between a new mom and dad.
(my beautiful boy, Wallace, on his 'birth'day)
Birth photography can serve to remind a mom, in later days, of the power and strength she has. The pictures of your baby first emerging into the world can actually be therapeutic to look over in the months and years after baby is born. Seeing your body, in third person, doing the most amazing thing it’s every done can be inspiring and can help to empower a postpartum mom. Although these may not be the pictures that don the baby room walls, they are oh so important to have; and this definitley includes moms who bravely birth by cesarean.
Saskatoon has a fantastic selection of Birth Photographers to choose from. Think about meeting with a few and seeing if it’s right for your birth. (As always, it's YOUR birth YOUR way, and as your doula I will support your decision to not have a birth photographer during your birth)
Here is a sampling of a birth I attended with a couple who had hired my dear friend Amy Smith, Birth & Lifestyle Photographer with Smith & Co Photography (formally Petit Oiseau Photography). All photos shared with permission.