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Birth Photography Tips

  • Torey Perfect

    because giving birth is a beautiful thing and some people truly believe in their child being born

  • Lyndsey Hayes

    I'm with Angeline on this one. You can "believe in your child being born" without reveling in the pain.

  • Zehn Photography

    Photos tell the story of the birthing experience. This is part of the story.

  • Lindsey Elmore

    I think the strength women have to bring life into the world is awesome. But will be keeping my sweaty double chin angry pics private lol. Call me vain if you want. I call it being a private person and appreciating flattering angles.

  • Birth by Heart

    There's a difference between pain and suffering. Just like running a marathon, or climbing a mountain causes physical sensations that are overwhelmingly painful, birth can be painful without causing mental anguish. There is far more to the experience of birth than just being in agony. It is a transformation and a moment of conquering the hugest challenge of a woman's life. It is also the moment a new life comes into the world. This is a beautiful picture of a woman summiting her mountain and there is inexplicable joy just moments away. I would want to relive this every day of my life.

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Love that c-sections were represented in the 2011 International Birth Photograph of the Year Contest! It really doesn't matter how they get here- promise! :)

Since I have to have c-sections this picture is impossible :( but maybe I can get something like this next time around

  • Kellie Boda

    Ask your doctor if they allow a camera in the OR? I have pics like this from my c-sections ;) They just told my husband to wait till they give the okay for him to snap (the didn't want him seeing anything that would possibly make him pass out lololol) so my Dr held the babies up and said snap away Daddy! :D You can also ask a nurse to take pics for you too ;)It's all the Dr's preference. (YAY to the sue happy jerks for ruining that for us huh?)

  • Danielle Loomis

    Thank you I will remember this. I really want cory to be able to cut the umbilical cord wonder

  • Kellie Boda

    Because of it being a "surgery" and they couldn't have my husband that close to my open stomach, they way they did it for my husband is leaving a good length on the cord and when baby was in the warmer he was able to cut the cord after they clamp his button :) Even that was cool enough for him he said. But hey it wouldnt hurt to ask your Dr their policy on how and when daddy can do that :)

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