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12 Essential Pictures to Take From Labor, Delivery and Baby's First Day

By Katie |

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.

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12 Must-Take Pictures From Labor and Delivery

Final Belly Picture

If 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.

What other pictures would you want to capture from your labor, delivery and baby’s first day(s)?

See other must-take pictures from baby’s first day!

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4 thoughts on “12 Essential Pictures to Take From Labor, Delivery and Baby's First Day

  1. joy says:

    All nice and dandy if you are having a somewhat calm delivery :)
    I was a month early, rushed by ambulance and in teh hospital about 15 mins before my son was born… so the very first pictures of him were about a half hour after he was born…we didnt get all the first beginning ones – but I did take plenty in hosp before we left after that!

  2. Hyman says:

    I always say this, but I’m sad about my lack of pics from when I gave birth. I will definitely make someone a designated picture taker. Even my mom who I gave a camera to only took a couple pics right after my son was born and I wish I had tons to look at and see during and before and after. Sad sad sad. But t did I really fast for me. I delivered after 2 hours and 15 min from arriving at the hospital

  3. Janet says:

    Be sure to get a family picture ASAP too!

  4. Kim says:

    In the car on the way home, walking through the front door, meeting your pets, next to the “welcome home signs” (ballons, streamers, and whatnot) done by family and friends. All the flowers received. :)

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