Would You Hire a Birth Photographer?


Eyeing me suspiciously, the doctor warns me to stay out of the way.

I lower my camera and quickly nod.

“Oh, don’t worry,” I reply. “You won’t even know I’m here!”

I press myself behind the curtain near the door, snapping pictures; I capture the clock, frozen in time, a hand clenched through a contraction, a father worrying over his wife and unborn child.

I’m not a family member or even (for once), the pregnant one.

I am the birth photographer.

A few years ago, I had the privilege of photographing a friend’s labor and capturing the first precious moments of her baby’s life. While many facilities don’t allow photographing of the actual moment of birth, birth photography is on the rise.

Many couples find that having a photographer immediately available is a convenient and invaluable addition to the delivery room. Not only can a birth photographer capture the unique and intense moments of labor, but having a professional photographer standing ready to preserve those first family portraits can be priceless.

Of course, there are some considerations to hiring a birth photographer, such as the expense (having someone on call for your labor and delivery isn’t exactly cheap) or the fact that you may not be comfortable with having someone in your room while you breathe through those contractions. And then there’s the fact that birth doesn’t always go as planned and emergencies or a c-section could pop up when you least expect it.

But I have to say—there was something incredibly moving about capturing the intensity of labor and the arrival of a new life. It was an honor and a privilege and it never fails to bring tears to my eyes when I am able to be part of a birth. Having a birth photographer is definitely not for everyone (myself included), but in the right setting, for the right people, I think it can be a beautiful thing.

How about you—would you hire a birth photographer?

Photo via the author’s birth photography/Edited by J & J Brusie Photography

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Would You Hire a Birth Photographer?

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Nicole Nicole says:

    I would never have the birth of my child photographed as far as actually seeing my child come out that is. I told my husband with our first I have a strict no hoohoopicture policy lol. However, it might be nice to have a birth photographer in the room that captures the other aspects of the birth like showing dad helping mom through pushing and such. Like I said as long as I’m not showing my hoohoo to my family, friends, and child (when they get older) I think it would be neat to see everything that went on in the delivery room (which honestly is a blur except holding my beautiful baby in the end).

  2. Yeah I’m not thinking I want flash photography goin on down there.. My mother has pictures of me being born and to this day it’s disturbing for me to look at them. I’m also having a son and by the time he is old enough to look at those pics and understand what it is..I’m pretty sure that I will not want him to know what mama’s petunia looks like. I’ll try not to scar him for life with those photo’s and just let him look at porn when he’s old enough to be interested in the female reproductive organs like all the other boys in this country. 🙂

  3. I do not want to see a shot of my hoohaa on film. That is my fear.

  4. Profile photo of Mandy Mandy says:

    If I had a chance to redo I would absolutely for sure do this!! You don’t think
    About it At the time everything is going on and they can capture that special


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