Baby Photography Comes to the Delivery Room, Capturing the Moment of Birth

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Subject: Is anything private anymore?

It is very sad to see that Births have become big parties and "shows" and no longer a private affair. Instead of husband and wife enjoying a private and very personal moment, friends and extended family want to "be part" of this joyous event. People more worried about getting the "perfect shot" then embracing the special moment of labor and birth.
And don't get me started on those same family members who just "needed" to be there, yet spend most of their time texting, facebooking and tweeting about what is going on, than supporting the soon to be mom or enjoying this special moment.
Is anything sacred anymore? Why does everything have to be shared for the whole world to see.


Subject: Birth

Let us stop saying that a woman doesn't care about modesty and privacy during childbirth. What a worn out, overused, statement. While it is true, that a laboring/birthing woman is focused on the pain and the job at hand, she does still care about the male visitors seeing too much. It's just that she is in too much pain to do anything about it. And this is where the nurse, husband, and her mother should step in. When photographs are taken, there needs to be no pictures all up in the vagina, unless the pregnant woman has given clear directives for that. Otherwise, just get the shots of the baby as it emerges. Would we take pictures of our men's penises as the doctor works on the vasectomy or prostate exam? No, because we always preserve men's privacy, while telling women to get over it and to stop being prudish.
Stop messing with these vulnerable young pregnant women's minds. Many of us DO care about keeping as much covered as we can. Respect that please. We do not desire for our dads, brothers, fathers in law, uncles, and brothers in law, to see our intimate parts. Please stop trying to brainwash pregnant women this way.


Subject: Yes to a birth photographer

When I had my son, only my husband was allowed in the operating room for the C-section. he was so nervous and shaky that we didn't get ANY first photos. Having a birth photographer for our daughters birth was the best decision we ever made. I was able to relax knowing I was going to have some really neat, well thought out shots. she was very professional and let me decide how much and how little i wanted photographed. weknow have a DVD set to our favorite song with all of the best photos of our little girls first moments in this world. I cry every time I see it. For those who say "no way" i would rather trust a professional who is prepared for each step in labor than a trigger happy husband who doesn't have a clue what he's in for.


Subject: Birth Photographjy

I can't believe this question is even being asked,, but with the way things are changing in our world nothing is sacred anymore.. During my child bearing years we wore "Smocks" and pants/skirts with stretch fabric for the baby, In other words we covered ourselves. Now I see girls that are pregnant with their "baby bump" totally ecposed, or a shirt so tight the really don't need to wear it.. I would never allow Photography in the delivery room,, It's not a show, or a performance nor is the mother there to entertain. She is their to bring a new life into the world that God has allowed her to have. It's between the mom and dad just as the conception was..

It wouldn't surprise me if the conception isn't photographed soon.. Like I said nothing is sacred..

Cynthia Cable

Subject: Birth Photography

I am a professional medical photographer, retired. I would have loved to have a professional in the delivery room. It wasn't allowed when I delivered any of my four children. :o(
My husband attempted to photograph my c-sections. For the the first it wasn't allowed, and the second he bungled, the third & fourth were fine. But if I could have had professional memories I would have been thrilled. Personal choice rules!

Carianne Huss

Subject: Birth Photography

I am a photographer and a mother of three. After seeing an interview about this very subject on TV I thought what a wonderful idea. During my deliveries I was the squeamish one so I didn't watch and digital cameras weren't invented :) I so regret not having anything from the moment my children entered the world. The photographs I've seen are very tasteful and beautiful and I'd feel honored for someone to allow me to capture that once in a lifetime moment for them.

Robin Matteo

Subject: Birth photography

I work with delivery families every day as a R N. We have a great photographer that does wonderful work. "chance". You hardly know she is there, the photos are excellent. The families can focus on supporting the mother and also document the day with photos. It is very tasteful.


Subject: photograph

I had a photographer with me for my scheduled c-section six weeks ago. I am lucky enough to have a great friend who is a professional photographer, and when she mentioned being there at the birth of my third, i hesitated at first, but could not be happier that i chose to have her there. It was great to not have a single worry about getting the perfect picture. Not to mention, she captured moments i would have never even thought to take pictures of. She was not allowed in the OR, but she handed her camera over to one of the nurses to catch the moments our daughter came into the world. I am a very private person, and although this seems like an invasion of privacy, a good photographer blends into the chaos in the end, and all you remember is the wonderful pictures you have to cherish. That being said, i really do suggest using someone you are very comfortable with. My photographer kept me company while my husband took the older kids to their grandparents, she helped chase after the kids once they got there after their sister was born , and i just felt glad to have her there as a friend as well as a photographer. If you are not as lucky to know someone that closely, dont fear, interview people, ask friends; if you want the pictures, it is worth it.


Subject: Vote on photos in Birth

I think it is a personal point of acceptance. Both "to be" parents need to agree in advance, and have the Hospitals acceptance...

I was on of the first husbands allowed in the delivery room with my son, in Santa Maria, California... and it is a Treasure I will live with forever....

It has to be a consensual agreement between the husband and "new" mother as to what they want....

Warren Munzel, RNC, (cardiology nurse)

Subject: Focus on the care of both patients, not on photography

I would be very cautious concerning photography during this very personal event. Hospital policies would need to be reviewed by their legal department. What are the legal implications if the delivery is of a high risk pregnancy, or what are the risks if the delivery evolves into a high risk situation? The focus always needs to be on both patients, the mother and child, with attention also to the husband or life partner if present. The photographer must understand that the doctors and nurses present have work to do and he needs to stay out of the way especially if there is an emergency. And one must also regard the rights of these professionals who, for varied reasons, may not want to be photographed.


Subject: photography in the delivery room

I agree with ProShooter. This is the couple's decision -- not the public's to make, or force their opinions on others who may be considering doing this. I work in a hospital (not maternity) and know for a fact that families are OK'd to photograph, but with restrictions. Even hospital staff cannot be photographed without their permission. If there is (God forbid) and emergency situation, then all shooting has to stop.

For those who may not know, whoever is in the hospital itself, with a camera, must be cleared through the hospital's public relations department, as the hospital always has to protect itself -- they cannot have any 'Tom, Dick or Harry' shooting something that could potentially be used in litigation later.

For that reason, if I were the photographer, I'd make damn sure that all my "t's were crossed" and that I would not be held liable for any image taken, as they (images) would be considered the property of the couple. Yes -- this is definitely one time where 'professional ownership/copyright' has to be nullified! And, I would keep my professional liability to an absolute minimum. And considering the litiginous fools who sue doctors for just about anything nowadays, my question would be "WHY WOULD a professional photographer put him/herself in this situation to begin with?!?? Digital cameras are sold to everyone, of all calibers, including professional cameras -- so let the family record what THEY want to record. And the 'professional photogs' out ther -- earn you living elsewhere, please!!!


Subject: Photographer in delivery room

Many hospitals will not permit photography in the delivery room for liability purposes. Just a point of fact. A child's birth in a hospital is a medical procedure. Doctors, nurses, the birthing mother and if desired, the child's father are necessary persons. A photographer has no place in such an environment. if one chooses to birth via a midwife procedure, that is an entirely different issue, come one, come all. My nephews father is a professional photographer and, after the successful birth, that was the time and place for photographs, not before. JMO.

Those photographs were quite beautiful. And cherished.

David Reynolds

Subject: Liabilities & Risks

First, let me say that I love the idea and believe that it would have been awesome in the case of my daughter's birth. However, as a Healthcare industry professional, there are liabilities and risks for both parties and how this information can be used. Clearly, should something go wrong during the process, evidence is being created realtime. That is why I believe some institutions object. It can be a double edged sword as well. Should the patient(s) refuse to pay or make "false" statements, they could be held liable on the other side of the equation (even criminally). The best way to ensure this does not happen is to have a co-signed agreement indemifying the photographer, the doctor, and patient from using this in a litigious way unless an actual crime is committed.

Marcia Thompson

Subject: Photos of the birth

When I was having children, NO ONE was allowed in the delivery room except the doctor and one or two nurses. When my daughter started her family, I was delighted that she wanted us to watch. It was the most amazing and beautiful experience of my life, aside from having my own babies. Since our first grandchild was born, my husband and I have been present at all of the other births except one. (Our daughter-in-law, also, allowed us to be in the delivery room.) I took pictures during all four deliveries and found the experiences to be uplifting, emotional, and beautiful. However, I was so intent on taking good pictures that I missed a little of the bonding that comes with just being there. So, in my opinion, hiring a professional photographer is perfectly acceptable. Then everyone can enjoy the miracle that is happening before them.


Subject: Birth Photography

I think the modern trend towards putting one's entire personal life out there for the world to see is sick. Some things are meant to be private and personal. People who want to photograph events like this are exhibitionists who crave attention.

Tori Stewart

Subject: We did it once and would do it again!

Yes. First of all, birth photographers are professional photographers. We have used a professional birth photographer (that's the only photography she does) at one of our deliveries and were so pleased with our experience. Like anything else, who you hire matters! If you have your amateur brother in law with an expensive camera in the delivery room, it might not be a pleasant experience. Our photographer has photographed births in and out of the hospital; at home, in birth centers, in hospitals, cesareans, twins, water birth... Her work has graced the covers of many magazines and books as well as birth websites such as the North American Registery of Midwives site. She and so many other professionals birth photographers are a part of the birth team and should be looked at as such. Ours was so quiet, we didn't even know she was there and we're very thankful for the beautiful images she captured from our special event.


Subject: Birth photos

I did it! After horrible photos taken by family for the first two, I brought in a "ringer". It was wonderful to have my husband's undivided attention and to have photos that included actual heads this time. I had someone we knew very well, not a stranger, that's important. But let's face it, if you're worried about privacy now, you will not care about it in the delivery room. You won't know the nurses who are getting a very close look! I have beautiful photos that I put into a gorgeous book that anyone can see without embarrassment...except of course my daughter who turned out to be a son! That picture was worth everything!

harold Burger

Subject: Delivery room Photographer

Having a professional photographer in the delivery room is a decision that should be up to the parents subject to approval by the delivery doctor and with the understanding that the doctor can exclude the photographer if it is demed medically unadvisable.

However, having been present during the delivery of my son, I am glad we do not have a rcord of the actual delivery .


Subject: Get a clue

As someone who takes care of that laboring woman and her family, and have had people trying to photograph that "special moment" I can say that it's not something most women want. Women are too focused going through a very physical and exhausting process and the last thing they want is to have some strange person in their face, or other regions, trying to "get the shot". The dads or partners are able to take photos, but in my experience, even if the woman thought it was a good idea before labor, they are NOT wanting a stranger there when they are so vulnerable and exposed. Your nurses or birth partners are always happy to take photos, but have your professional photography after you and your partner and child have had their "special moment" together.

Susan Kline

Subject: Photographing births

If both parents are in agreement, I think it should be their choice. We are constantly hearing about the increase in C-sections though, and I wonder if this practice wouldn't encourage more of them. It would make it easier for the photographer and the parents to schedule the delivery ahead of time rather than the photographer being on call at all hours of the day and night. This could contribute to more premature births and complications for the newborn..

Janice Root

Subject: Delivery room Photography

Thirty years ago it was standard practice for my OBGYN to photograph the birth of his mothers. Of course, my permission was required, and one of the nurses photographed the glorious event, however, unlike the photos that appear in your article most have the likeness of medical text book photos.
The photos were delivered to me as slides and have pretty much been relegated to my dresser drawer. My children have never had a desire to see them.
Maybe that will change when their own children are born. They just might consult
Angies List for a great referral. Not much has changed in 30 years.


Subject: good lord...

Is nothing sacred??? I almost lost my lunch when I saw that there was a SHOW ON TV following birthing women (and in my own city, no less). Needless to say, I did NOT tune in. Nor do I have children of my own. Enough said.

Joe OConnor

Subject: Good luck...

Good luck trying to have a "professional" photographer take pictures of what should be an intimate moment between mother and baby (and father). We were told that under no circumstances could video/pictures be taken while the birthing process was occurring and could only be done after the child was born and checked by the medical staff. This was at a very well-known community hospital and I'm positive they have that "rule" in place to protect themselves against malpractice should something go it would be documented on your film!! In my opinion, it's a CYA for them...not to mention the fact that they partner with a 3rd party "vendor" that goes in afterward and "sells" you on a picture package of your new addition. Nice way to show the child how the world worships the almighty dollar from the get-go...

In any case, I'm with Josh on this. Wake up, people! Use the brain that God gave you to "remember" what should be one of the GREATEST days of your life!

mieke solari

Subject: birth photos

My baby was born at home with a doctor. I had requests from a professional film crew and a professional photographer to come and film a home birth. I am glad that I refused both of them and had a very private experience, with husband, close friend and doctor.
Every woman should be able to choose what is right for her.


Subject: Delivery room Photographs

For myself the answer is NO! If my husband wanted to take a picture, that would be fine, but no strangers allowed. I do understand and support the right of others who wish to have DVD's or photos to look back on. I prefer to keep this special moment private.


Subject: Personal Choice

I think it's a personal choice on whether to do it or not. The people that are against it, fine don't do it. But don't be judgemental about people that DO want to. For many mothers this is an opportunity to see the birth like you never would've before. The pictures can still be private, something the parents are able to look over when the child is older. They aren't going to neccesarily put them on facebook for petes sake.

Bobbi Curtin

Subject: Photographers in the delivery room

NO... I would not want a professional photographer in the delivery room. There is enough risk of infection in any hospital setting that I don't think you need to add "non-sterile" camera equipment in the delivery room. Also, delivery rooms are not huge rooms. In the event that "something goes wrong", every inch of available space is needed for medical personnel to intervene to assist the mother and the baby. This is not an event that needs to be filmed by an outside photographer nor does he/she need to be "in the way" during emergency interventions.

Alan L W Gunsul, MD

Subject: Photography in Delivery Room

As a retired family doctor that did about 2200 deliveries I would not allow any photographs in my delivery room for the simple reason in this litigenous society it would be use in a lawsuit if anything went wrong in the eyes of the patient, her family and a malpractice attorney. I liked having the father present and if the father was experienced at viewing the delivery from the ladies end he could be beside me on her third delivery and even cut the cord on instruction. The legal side is too perilous to allow pictures or even worse a movie of delivery. I do not think the doctors insurance carrier would allow it either. Even if a disclaimer paper was signed ahead of time.

Nansie Ahlgrim Whitt

Subject: A precious moment

The labor and delivery of my third son, Asher, was very quick (only about 90 minutes) and very scary. I am SO thankful my friend Rachel Vanoven (a professional photographer) made it to the hospital shortly after I did and was able to catch the whole event for us in the midst of the chaos. Her gorgeous pictures (taken from bedside, nothing graphic) show perfectly the scary moments when Asher's heart rate dropped, my pain and tears as I delivered my 9.2 lb. baby boy WITHOUT the epidural that I was hoping for, and the relief on our faces when Asher's bruised and purple face started to pink up. Rachel's pictures are so very special to us - remembering the amazing way Asher entered our lives.

I highly recommend having a photographer in the delivery room! Schedule them for maternity pictures beforehand so you can get familiar with the photographer. Then just talk with them about the KIND of pictures you want. Across the room, only get our faces, or get in there, I want EVERYTHING on camera. With the right person, it's an experience you won't forget.


Subject: Delivery room photography

I am a retired professional photographer. I shot hundreds of weddings. But only one delivery. My daughter's. Now, 26 years later, I would love to shoot her baby's birth this August. Of the thousands upon thousands of rolls of film I have shot in my lifetime, none are more important than that one roll from 26 years ago.

By all means find a reputable photographer with good references that you feel like you can be comfortable with in an intimate situation. You will not regret it.


Subject: Questionable Practice

Delivery room photography/video is not a new concept. Way back in the 70's and 80's when I had my children it was a huge trend and many people had a friend or relative in the delivery room doing just that. You would then be "treated" to a photo album or slide show at a friend's house after the birth. I declined to do this for the simple reason that I knew it would take me out of the moment. I didn't want to be concerned about the presence of a camera trained upon me at my most vulnerable. I went through all of the pain and discomfort of a "natural" childbirth willingly - partly because I wanted to be as aware as possible during this once in a lifetime experience. Photography changes things. Your memories are of the photos, not your internal perceptions of the actual event. You have to ask yourself which of these kinds of memories you want to take through the rest of your life. If it matters to you, do without the photographer in the delivery room.

Beth Stearns

Subject: Photographs at birth

We did it - 37 years ago! As I was working as a journalist, it began as an assignment to highlight Lamaze techniques which was a fairly new concept then. It morphed into a full photography exhibit by a very talented photo journalist. We didn't talk about it much with our daughter, so imagine her surprise 13 years later when she opened her freshman health textbook and saw a copy of a photo of her birth.


Subject: Not a new idea

Almost thirty years ago, a photographer named Mary Motley Kalergis photographed a book in Charlottesville VA called "Giving Birth." I was one of the moms who participated. Mary photographed numerous women both at home births and at hospital births and I will be willing to bet you that thirty years later those photos are treasured by every family who has them. I know I do.

Anyone who doesn't want this doesn't have to do it.

Terri P

Subject: Totally Absurd

Seems that some will do anything to make $$. My husband took pictures of our daughter's birth and I can't imagine hiring an outsider to do it for payment. If you don't have a family member or friend you feel comfortable with taking pictures, then why bother.


Subject: Odd my 3 kids were all born

Odd my 3 kids were all born at different hospitals and NONE of them allow cameras during the delivery process. My wife is an ER nurse at two different hospitals where we now live and none of them allow cameras during birth either. It's not a dr thing it's a hospital policy to protect itself.

melissa lewis

Subject: birth photography

i am editing a batch of birth photos right now:)
i have been a doula for 8 years and love capturing the labor and birth:)
its an individual choice, not everyone wants photos of this, but i have taken them for hesitant mamas before ( with their camera instead of mine) and they were in aww and greatful to have them! we are so out of it when we work so hard, that it is really interesting to see what was going on around us while we were in labor land!
i get pictures of more then just the baby;s head comming out, i feel that my pictures capture the whole story of the labor and birth in a more emotional way that video ( or a dad snapping quick shots between holding a leg) just cant do:)


Subject: Professional Birth Photography

I would! It is not about my body but about my baby and their first expressions of their life. It is a priceless moment that only a professional could capture in a artistic manner.

Ronald Wohl and Yolanda Wohl

Subject: Professional Photographers in Delivery Room

If I am correct my wife and I were the first couple in Miami, Florida to be allowed into the delivery room together for the birth of our first child on October 3rd,1967. It was a miraculous experience that changed my life forever. We had taken a series of four classes which were preparatory but not Lamaze classes. The doctor was a Polish Jewish immigrant to Cuba who then fled Castro as well. He was only kind enough to do it because my wife was also a Cuban who came to America in 1954. Sent by her parents who were teachers and knew Castro was going to be horrendous. I took pictures of this birth, and also recorded it. It was nothing short of a miracle.

Three months later I went back to college at UF in Gainesville 350 miles north of Miami. While studying Engineering there our second child was conceived and by the time he was ready to be born I had had a crisis about Engineering, finding the job I had in Engineering that summer very boring, and not who I was personally. We decided I would change my major to Nursing and pursue a career as a Nurse-Midwife. That never came to pass as I was a bit to early for the nursing leaders to accept a male into that roll. I was allowed into the delivery room, again as the first husband at the Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida on November 14th of 1969, and experienced another incredible experience.

Eventually I went back into the Air Force as a Nursing officer, and was allowed to serve for 2 years in a Labor and Delivery. However when asked how I was going to be chaperoned during my exams I blurted out, "Why I will invite the husbands into the labor room." They all stopped smiling, and had no retort for that solution. I coached a couple of hundred labors, and attended their consequent deliveries while at that duty assignment, but was told I would never be allowed to attend the USAF Nurse-Midwifery program. I did attend the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics (A.S.P.O.) Certification classes, and became a Certified Childbirth Educator. (C.C.E.) Lamaze instructor during that time.

During those two years In the military my third child was born in the back of a VW Bus. It was 1974 and the gas crisis was in full swing. You could only get gas every other day determined by the odd or even number at the end of your licence plate. Goldsboro would not even allow one of the OB doctors from the base into the delivery room when his wife delivered at the town hospital instead of the base hospital. Raleigh, N.C. was the closest city and none of their hospitals would allow husbands in the delivery room. So we went to 80 miles to Durham N.C. where one of their hospitals would allow me in the delivery room.

The day of his birth was chaos. I had worked all night and begged my wife to let me sleep a couple of hours before the drive to Durham. She did. As sweet as she is she let me sleep about 6 hours, but then awakened me at 2 PM. While putting the kids with neighbors, and then getting her overnight bag in etc. she broke her water. I asked her if she wanted to go to the base hospital and she said NO very definitively. I had taken out the center seat in the bus and set up a plywood bed with a double mattress in the back. When we left the base it was just after 3 PM and the traffic into and out of the base was totally unexpected. All our previous monthly trips had been out at 10 AM and back by 2 PM. The one mile road to highway 70, the main road to Raleigh and Durham was packed with cars bumper to bumper.

I drove off onto the shoulder of this road and bumped along while cars beeped their anger at me. Seeing the intersection of our road and hwy 70 I knew I could not expect to get into that situation without a fight so there was a very large Gas station which lay in front of me with a fully black topped surface. Just what I needed. I dashed catty whompus across that open road and never saw the unmarked speed bump put in to discourage such adventures. We hit it at a good rate of speed and flew in the air just like they do on Dukes of Hazard. My wife screamed, my head hit the ceiling, and I knew a bit more about this gas station and its owners, who must have laughing like "ole Boss Hogg." Only a few miles down hwy 70 I knew my wife was pushing. I stopped to see how far along she was and she was "crowning" the baby's head was right there. I pulled off of hwy 70, away from the tobacco fields just before Clayton, N.C. into a semi-circle of trees, and 20 minutes later we had a 9 lbs 3oz baby boy. He is now a 38 year old ER doctor in Fort Myers, Florida. The local VW dealer sent her 24 red roses, 21 more then I did, and VW America sent a $100 savings bond, telling us he was the 264th baby born in a VW since their program Bonds for Babies had been developed.

I eventually left the military and went to Charleston S.C. and applied to their Midwifery Training program there a few times before abandoning the effort. Yet I taught Lamaze classes for 5 more years there. The next child was born at home when my wife's water broke just as she sat in our station wagon which was not set up to give birth and, she said, "Oh NO! Not again." So on July 20th of 1979 he came into the wold while our daughter prepared to bath him, and the oldest boy filmed it.

I just think that birth is a beautiful miracle that needs to be documented. Yet I do not think there is a woman that I can remember who would want anybody there but her husband, or today her significant other. My oldest boy was in with his wife's births, but we respectfully stayed outside the door while it happened. Just a professional courtesy we extend them. The youngest boy's wife had c-sections and he is a semi-pro photographer, and he was in the operating room for both births, as she was given an epidural and was awake for both.

It has to be each couples decision, but I would not expect to make a living doing it as I feel there are few couples interested as there are privacy concerns. I went on to get into Emergency Medicine and eventually became a Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP).


Subject: Baby Photographers

NOT IN A MILLION YEARS would I ever let that happen. Photographers are known to going a little to far with their cameras -NO WAY IN HELL

Pro Shooter

Subject: Stop trying to control the rights of others

In typical right wing fashion, your question seems to be another attempt to rile the extreme religious crazies out there who want to tell others what they can and can not do with their own bodies. Who cares if parents want a photographer in the birth room? It's their decision, same as it's their decision to have, or not have children, or whether they want to use birth control, have abortions or boob jobs. IT'S THEIR DECISION TO MAKE, not mine, not yours.

Personally, I would not want to see photos or video of myself being born. I know how the female plumbing works and I'd rather not see myself exiting my mother's you-know-what. But if there are couples who want to do it, I don't care, it's their choice.

If you do not want a photographer int he birth room, don't hire one. Pretty damn simple huh? Let's keep it simple by staying out of other people's personal lives.


Pam Young

Subject: Photography in the delivery room

No, I would not, absolutely not! First, it is the ultimate private, even possibly spiritual experience for a woman and to have a stranger or anyone else except the father for that matter with her at that time seems outrageous to me. Second, birth is an event that has taken place countless millions of times all over the world from time immemorial and in that sense professional photography in the delivery room is a sign of the " Me, me, I'm so special" trend today.


Subject: cameras


Marie Reynolds

Subject: Birthing pictures

Yes, I might do birth photos. The chances of getting really good images would be better if one hired a pro. As a nurse, I have worked in labor and delivery and also helped with c-sections. Generally, the staff is busy and don't pay attention to things like photographers. I have also seen fathers take photos that a mother would not be able show friends and family.

Logan E. Claycomb

Subject: Chikd Birth

The world is changing.I think childbirth is so personal that I don't have a way to describe it so I am saying "no" to having childbirth photographed by anyone. Down the road this might go wrong.How solid is a relation ship especially during "hard times" for a family? Considering that there is always a possible break up of a relationship. Would these photos be used Negatively by some party? How much squabbling is going to go on?


Subject: WE love our birth photos!

We had a photographer at both of our kid's births and the photos are amazing. The visuals bring back emotions in a way nothing else can. Our OB was very open to it, but it wasn't until minutes before going into the OR for a C-section did we know for sure if our photographer would be allowed to go into the OR with us. I've heard concerns about privacy or modesty... what you do w/ the photos and who you show is up to you. But if you don't get the photos taken you don't have a choice at all!

Margie Bauman

Subject: birth photography

on request of the birth mothers, I have to date photographed three deliveries in hospitals, including one C-section. A friend of mine, also a professional photographer, photographed the birth of my son.
My friend was filming for a larger project, which was apparently never completed, on women in transition. The photographs I took were given to the parents, who were very satisfied with them, and, for the C-section--- with permission of the mom --- also to our local public health clinic. No money was paid to anyone for any of these events. As a photographer I found them all to be wonderful experiences and would do it again for friends.

Ron Zielinski

Subject: Photographers in Delivery Room

I was a professional medical photographer for 31yrs at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif. I was in the delivery room for many actual births but at the request of the hospital or physician. However, the mother did have to sign a legal Photo Release to agree. As many births as I saw it never ceased to "awe" me. My first one brought me to tears because of the amazing beginning of life and its process.

Perry Lusk

Subject: Would I let Photoraphers in my delivery room,

Seeing that it is impossible for a male to give birth to a child. This is not really a feasable question to ask .
I joined Angies list hoping to get pre-knowledge of companies or person with whom I was considering to engage iin certain types of work for me. So far Angies list has been a REALLY BIG DISSAPOINTMENT. Mrs Miller, is there another Dreamers Job available with Angies list?

Paul Sheridan

Subject: photographing births

Well written article, Ms. Miller.

I would like to see one about (expected) death and aftermath/funeral, etc.
I know that it can be common in some cultures, but seems frowned upon in the US.



Subject: Birth Photos

Birth photographing is indeed a lifetime memory, I personally joined my wife during 2 C Section delivery of both daughters and have took full HD video and still photos of the whole Opeartion and cleaning of baby.

Eve Hershkowitz

Subject: Professional Birth Photography

Hell no! I think people have forgotten that some privacy is a good thing, because it makes certain things special, to the handful of people who are really involved. Now these people's most intimate moment,s are shared with every casual acquaintance they have on Facebook & other social media .. not very special is it?!

Kim Rodgers

Subject: :-)

Eve, (And several others)
Please know that a photographer in the room doesn't change the privacy or intimacy of the moment. It is truly something that we cherish as those things, and want to offer the opportunity for it to be more intimate between the mother and her family. The images seen in public are specifically chosen by the parents to be shared- often there are whole births that never are seen by anyone other than myself and the parents. I respect the desire to keep those moments private entirely (thus the reason anyone will only see 4-5 of the 20 births I have captured shared online).

Please know the desire to have a photographer isn't to make these things public, but more to have a story of the day, captured in a tasteful and beautiful way. If the photographer is a true professional they will respect not only the person's privacy, but they won't step over the line with capturing any part of the birth.


Subject: absolutely not

There is no way, no how, that we would've allowed some stranger in the delivery room for that moment. My wife is already in an incredibly uncomfortable position, and there would be absolutely no reason to for an unnecessary person to be in there. Secondly, no one else other than the mother and father, and medical staff, need to see what happens during that moment. It is a moment to be shared between the mother and father, and a moment in time that I will NEVER forget. I don't need photographs to remind me of that time. I also don't have a desire to share that moment with anyone else. It's a time that will be ours, and only ours forever.


Subject: Child birth privacy

It is nol a show, it is private, tender, touching miracle. Watch a lovely dog have a little, She is not putting on a show for anyone and nearly always, things flow easily. Rarely needs a Dr., let alone a camera and a bunch of yucky relatives &/or photographger. I had easy births, when the OB let me alone. My mother had her 7 children at home siblings in th house , but not watching hr pubus. We had enough animals to watch, rarely helped them. These young people seem to want to be the center of attentios no matter what. Screaming is either for show, or because their muscles are too tense. Bearing down pains hurt, the pig or sheep grunts a bit, nothing else is very uncomfortable. OB's should go to a farms for a few months at birthings season. It would educate them. I am an 80 yr old g g mother,who grew up on a ranch. It is beautiful and miraculous, but not for a public show. No one really gives a damn anyway. I would throw the IV at anhyy photographer that ask me to pose for that. Lord sakes, chidren sense it, dont exploit it. Mayb,e this is one time when you should for go the center of attention. I am also po'd re: the reactions to the new head of Yahoo, Since when has pregnancy stopped women from doing their work. I am sure that she can also work from home for a few days. as far as motherhood, yes., I htink children need their mothers , but not around the clock. Some have hired help shile they are still at home, and many esp. in this high tech era can work form home. I didn't hear much about Sarah Palin, leaving all of her young childen, for what she & many others hoped would be fame and glory all over the world. Civilization has continued, under conditions much worse than being a new mother and a CEO at the same time. This country has got totally bananas. Contolling females is again bearing its ugly head. I am not anti'islamic, but manh are worried , well that is one things the heirarchy of the Muslims expect, is to have the woman wait on them, bear their children, & not get educated historically. I am not talkiing about extremist Muslims, their are many wonderful Muslims world wide that have kept up with the 21st Century. May God bless us all, we are humans, I think.

K. Oberta

Subject: No Thanks

I didn't want the forty-eleven hospital staff members in the room. I certainly wouldn't have invited another stranger in!

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.