I have partnered with Becky Hollingsead the owner of These Little Wonders Portraiture by BHP, a local photography studio, to offer packages that include doula services and professional birth photography. I asked Becky, to tell us about how professional birth photography is being used in deliveries today…
“Parents have been bringing cameras into the delivery room to document the arrival of their precious littles for many many years. A baby's arrival is a life changing event! It deserves to be remembered. With professional birth photography, the parents hire a professional photographer to document the birth of their baby. Some may think "Ewww! that’s nasty!", but let me tell you, it is not gross, or yucky, or distasteful. In fact it’s the opposite! It's so beautiful. It’s the chance to witness a miracle. It's the details that matter the most: a hand being held, a kiss to the forehead, or an encouraging word when Mom feels like she can't go on. It's the look on Dad's face, a perfect mix of concern and awe, as he watches the woman he loves suffer yet she's so brave. It's just about the crowning moment, however many parents wish to document that moment and it is done tastefully and respectfully. When that baby arrives, the pain of birth is all but forgotten. In it's place is pure love. A silent promise is made, and a bond begins to form. The birth of your baby is the one of the most important life events you will ever experience. You deserve to have those memories forever. Your children will cherish those first images forever because knowing where you come from is so important to knowing where you are going."
These Little Wonders Portraiture by BHP
111 S Broadway
Salem, Illinois 62881
As a Doula I fully support clients who wish to have their labor and delivery documented by professional photography, its not as intrusive as it may sound, no one is telling mom to “say cheese” while ﬂashing bright lights in her eyes. I have had friends say that knowing that the photographer was quietly taking the pictures allowed them to focus on each other and the task at hand without feeling the need to remember one. more. thing to do. In my experience women like their camera phone shots and they share them but they cherish their professional birth shots and those are the ones they frame.