Childbirth Photography (possibly not what you had imagined!!)
If someone has asked me, when pregnant, whether I'd consider having my birthing experience professionally photographed, I would have asked them if they were insane...or drunk....or both! I just could not comprehend why anyone would want a stranger with a camera, witnessing and documenting something that is so private and intimate (and, for some, loud and painful....and the rest!!!)
However....I've read up and reflected on this a little, since becoming a mother myself and I certainly view it in a very different way now.
I have a handful of photos of my two birth experiences and I love them, as so much of what went on in bringing our babies into the world is now blur! However, the photos we have aren't great quality and my husband is not in any of the pictures, given that he was taking them.
Its fair to say that no-one looks quite at their 'best' while going through the birthing experience. Bringing a new little person into the world is a gruelling task, however the baby is delivered. I looked like a troll throughout. A tired one. With bad hair and (short outbursts of) foul language.
BUT, all that aside, there really are some amazing moments to be captured, as these images depict.
Its not about the 'crowning' or the blood or the 'lady parts'! Thats is a common misconception. It's about the 'moments' and the many emotions experienced; the support given by birthing partners and midwives, surges of adrenaline, first glances at baby and stark realisations that the 'bump' is now a little person. These are moments that are so easily missed or forgotten.
I for one LOVE each and every one of these pictures. In my opinion they are tasteful and hugely emotive.
Shout-outs to the fantastic photographers and of course to the very open-minded parents, who allowed their birthing experiences to be captured.
So what about you guys?! Are you a 'yay' or 'nay'?!