May 1, 2015
No Videos-No Cameras! Rules of My Plantation, Florida Birth in 1998!
Before becoming a childbirth and postpartum doula, my only experiences in the delivery room were my own. I gave birth to my first son in 1998 in South Florida, at Plantation General in Plantation, Florida. This was long before smart phones and tiny video cameras ever existed. I was also told photography was limited to AFTER the baby was born and that video cameras were NOT allowed at all. These strict photography rules shocked me and saddened me. I wanted a more “documented birth” with pictures during labor, delivery and immediately afterwards, and yes maybe even a video (on VHS). I decided it was ok NOT to have a video, but pictures were a MUST! I spoke to my doctor who agreed that pictures immediately after baby coming out were fine and that made this first time mom VERY happy!
Now, as a childbirth and postpartum doula, I have seen and heard about fully documented births, childbirth photography and even live stream births on YouTube! Things have changed since 1998 and the “Ban of the Camera” in the delivery room! A lot of parents are choosing home births and able to be in 100% control of what’s going on with their births. Other expectant parents hire a childbirth photographer to take pictures at the hospital. Childbirth photographers can capture every moment from the first contraction to the first latch of breastfeeding.
What will your birth story include? Pictures? Videos? Live stream on Youtube? Hiring a labor doula can help get you the birth you want! Childbirth and postpartum doulas can recommend a professional photographer to document your birth. The same photograph can take maternity pictures and newborn pictures as well. I don’t have many pictures of my children immediately after being born, but I treasure the ones I do, and so will you!
This blog was written by Lisa Raynor, a childbirth and postpartum doula in Coral Springs, FL. She is also a mom of three boys, a wife, and loves to blog about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care and breastfeeding. She has lived in South Florida for over 35 years and is actively involved in the birthing community in and around Broward County.