Cameras at Birth

Dad taking photo of newborn at birth
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You've probably always assumed that you would have pictures of your new baby. You may have even thought of a few good labor pictures or even possible some of the birth. Maybe you've been dreaming high tech and are planning on having a video camera present.

Guess what. You'd better make sure that you are allowed.

That's right, some hospitals and birthing facilities are not allowing photos of the labor, birth and some even go as far as to say for the first few postpartum hours.

There are some critics of these hospital policies who say that this is merely a way to prevent someone from using a videotape in a court proceeding. After all, many surgeries are videotaped. Others say it's more convenience for the practitioners.

Supporters, mostly hospital policy makers, say that it is to allow you and your baby the very best care.

All the policies are not so black and white, you can videotape postpartum, or you can video tape labor and postpartum but not the birth. You can video tape vaginal deliveries but not cesareans. Some places will allow you to video or photograph with your doctor's permission only.

I personally cherish my photos and videos. (Just to clarify, many videos are done in a very modest way and are not what I would call "Crotch shots.")