Here's some examples of photos and stories I have fallen in love with:
[Source: A Little King and I Blog]
[Source: Our Journey Blog]
Aren't they just beautiful? I figured I better mention this idea to my husband before he discovered it for the first time on the blog, and he said, "don't you remember how you felt last time, are you sure you want a person there taking pictures?" He does bring up a very good point, a point that I've obviously thought through. I wouldn't want a photographer there for every second of my labor capturing every contraction, I do want that time to be for me to "suffer" in privately with Jay...but I do want some pictures of labor, the details of the room and hospital. BUT, when it comes to "go" time, I know our photographer friend will respect my wishes and hopefully not judge me for how I act, if it's the same as with Braden. With Braden's birth, I wanted QUIET. I honestly didn't care if the room was packed with people, but no one was allowed to talk to me except for my Dr. and then the RN to coach me as I was pushing. I really needed to focus on my breathing and did not want to be coached at all in between! Of course Braden was born pretty much at shift change, so when the new nurses came in, the new LPN was trying to "cheerlead coach" me...yeah not.so.much my style especially in transition. I politely swore at her (yes, there is such a thing) and she stopped.
Anywho, I was tweeting wtih Amanda the other day about how she was up at 5AM shooting a labor/birth and how I wished I could have someone do that for me. She said her mom just used her camera to photograph the birth of her 2nd beautiful boy, but my mom is way too far to do that, and I'm not sure she'd even want to! So I was tihnking...who? Who do I know who's good at photography, close enough, and someone I'd want to share this very personal moment with? Then my friend Sam immediately popped into my head. She lives closer to the hospital than we do, she's a wonderful friend & person and was absolutely honored when I emailed her to put this idea in her head. She said she would absolutely do it no matter what time or how long I wanted her to be there. She's about 1/2 hour drive to the city where I deliver, so I'm thinking I'd call her on our way to give her a heads up, but probably not have her come until *hopefully* closer to the actual birth. There's just so many variables involved in labor & delivery, I wouldn't want her to hang around forever if this labor ends up being a long one, but I also wouldn't want her to miss everything if it goes as fast as I think it might. Braden's labor & birth were only 6 hours long! I guess we'll see come hopefully November!
And also, just to be clear...no pictures of the actual baby being born! Just candid, discreet pictures inspired by the ones above! I'll see more how I feel about this the closer we get to Squishy's birth, but I'm really really happy to have the option and a friend who's willing at any hour of the day/night to come in and be a part of this experience with us. Thanks, Sam!
Did you have anyone photograph your baby's labors & births? If so link back, I'd love to see!