Because this baby is our first, we have very little experience of things we must do during labor and delivery. I mean, I know the object is to have a baby, but when it comes to the hospital bag, the order of people you call, announcements and the like, I am totally lost. Fortunately, I have a circle of good friends who are also already parents and I have been able to learn all kinds of invaluable things from their experiences.
One of these in particular has been the pictures before, during and after delivery. I know that labor and delivery can be a little chaotic, so I think it’s especially important to capture these moments so that they can be savored for years to come.
In talking with friends and looking over their pictures from those first precious hours and days, I was able to come up with a list of some of the pictures to capture. These are the top 12 must-take pictures from labor and delivery, as demonstrated by several of my dear friends and their new babies.
Final Belly Picture 1 of 12If you're anything like me, you've been tracking your belly throughout pregnancy, so it wouldn't be a complete journey without one final belly picture. Bonus points if you can take it in front of your hospital or labor and delivery sign.
Picture of Heather just before giving birth to her daughter Annabel.
Hospital Room 2 of 12
Clock 3 of 12
ID Bracelets 4 of 12
The Scale 5 of 12For years my parents disagreed on whether I was 7lbs 14oz or 7lbs 12oz. A picture like this would've been an easy way to remember those details and declare a winner, which is obviously what matters.
Picture of Heather's beautiful daughter Annabel.
Meeting Mom for the First Time 6 of 12What more precious moment is there than the first time a mom meets her child? Of all the pictures, I think this one might be the most important and the sweetest.
Picture of Heather meeting her beautiful daughter Annabel.
Meeting Dad for the First Time 7 of 12
Meeting Siblings 8 of 12
Meeting Grandparents 9 of 12
Sleeping Newborn 10 of 12
With Doctors/Nurses 11 of 12Delivering a baby is a team event and it's nice to capture a picture with those who helped you through it. If you had an especially great doctor or nurse, ask if you can snap a picture with them before you leave the hospital.
Picture of Heather after delivering Annabel.
Going Home 12 of 12To finish the event, you must take a picture of your newly expanded family leaving the hospital. It's the first time you as a family will head home together, and it's the beginning of the rest of your journey.
Picture of Heather and Mike taking their daughter Annabel home.
What other pictures would you want to capture from your labor, delivery and baby’s first day(s)?
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