During my first two deliveries, aside from the doctor and a few nurses, it was only my husband and I alone in the birthing room. No family members, no friends, no attending med students. We were very private people, and this was a very intimate event.
With my son, I decided to approach birth differently. Because of some past circumstances, I really desired to have an unmediated birth. So, I hired a doula to help me though the delivery. She was a “stranger” in the sense that she wasn’t a friend or family member, but knew I needed in order to get through such a physically challenging event.
I also decided I wanted to have one of my best friends photograph the birth.
Both hiring the doula and letting my friend into the delivery room stretch my husbands and I’s comfort zone a bit, sharing this intimate private life moment with other people. But no doubt about it, we made the right choice.
This time around, I’ve already hired the very same doula I had for my son, and yes, my friend Casey will again be photographing this birth as well. (She also photographed my gender reveal, which I looooooove.)
Because there is no way I would ever want to forget these moments:
I absolutely adore looking back at these photos, and I can’t wait to have this birth similarly documented as well.
How about you? Do you plan on having your birth photographed?
Emily also blogs on her personal site, DesignHER Momma.