From the article: Cameras at Birth
Photographing your birth is something most people don't think about in terms of rules. Sure, you might have a generic command to your partner of "No crotch shots!" But what about the hospital or birth center - did they have any restrictions on birth videos or birth photos? Was it up to your doctor or midwife what you could take photos of during your birth? If you were told no photos, what reason were you given and how did that make you feel? Did it depend on if you had a vaginal birth or c-section? Share Your Experience
- My doctor, midwife and hospital were fine with whatever we wanted to do, even if I had a c-section. The only rule she had was that I couldn't set up a tripod. At first I thought that meant I should skip it so that my boyfriend could hold my hand instead. Our doula said that she could probably find someone to help, someone who was in training to be a doula. It was the perfect match. She got to see a birth, we got our photos!
- —Guest Hazelton
The rules surprised me!
- Late in my 1st pregnancy, when I asked about photos, I was told that I could video or photograph labor and postpartum, but not birth. My doctor told me it was hospital policy. I thought it was really odd, but I didn't fight it. It wasn't until after I had my baby and was at the same hospital for my sister's birth that I wound up getting to use the doctor's lounge bathroom. On the back of the door was a note about the policy saying that it was up to the doctor, not the hospital. I was upset I didn't fight a bit harder.