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Birth Photography: Yes or No?

birth photographyI know my baby isn’t due for a while still — I’m only at the half-way mark, but I am someone who likes to look and plan ahead. I am already thinking about the labor and delivery and what I want to happen and what I hope to avoid. I am also debating how to make this pregnancy special and wondering if birth photography is the way to go.

I don’t care to see photos of myself, certainly not when I am in the “zone”, in pain, and likely not my best looking. But labor is something special — a moment I may want to look back on, but I am not entirely sure.

Every time I see someone’s birth photography I am convinced it’s something I need to get myself. They are powerful, beautiful, and inspiring all wrapped up into one. I would love to have similar images that inspire myself and it will be something that will stand out as special for this pregnancy.

On the other hand, I am a person who would much rather crawl into a closet and give birth on my own. Privacy with no one around and to be able to just let my body work. While that’s obviously not what I am going to do, I worry that I will be too aware of the photographer in the room, snapping photos and worrying about what I look like. I wonder if it stifles the process of labor and will stop myself from being “in the zone”, but imagine the good photographers are so discrete you don’t know they’re there.

:: What’s your opinion, birth photography a good or bad idea? ::

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