Did anyone read this article about cameras in the delivery room?
I have to admit that I’ve always wanted more photographic documentation of my labors and births. Pictures help shape and solidify your memories, and birth is one of those peak life experiences that to me, felt worthy of documenting. I wanted to see and be able to reflect on my labor, my vulnerability, my baby’s entrance, our first moments together, and the family reunions after birth. My husband took pictures during labor, although I always wanted more.
But the article describes birth photography as both an unnecessary luxury, and a result of social pressures to “not just cherish the birth experience but to promote it as this beautiful thing…Then you’re going to get into your skinny jeans the next day and have a beautiful photograph of you looking absolutely beautiful and well rested with your perfect-looking baby, like all the celebrities”. At the same time, the piece describes this new genre of photography as part of our society’s habit of over-sharing on Facebook. Is it really all these things? While I could probably not afford a birth photographer like those described in the article, I can definitely see the benefits of having one!
What do you think? Did you have a birth photographer? Would you consider one?