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Labor & Delivery - What to expect

August 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Labor & Delivery PhotographyHow to Prepare & What to expect!

 

Congratulations!

Labor & Delivery (Birth) Photography is a wonderful way to document the birth of your new baby. Having a professional photographer attend your birth not only provides you with amazing and timeless portraits, it takes the pressure off those who are there to help you through the labor process. My goal is to provide you with artistic images that are frozen moments in time; Memories that you can look back on forever.

If you decide to proceed with hiring me as your photographer, here’s some information that might help:

 

I will be on call 24 hours / 7 days a week until the arrival of your new baby. This means that no matter what time of night or day it is, if your water breaks, or you believe you are in labor, you are welcome to call me or text me & let me know. I usually come to the hospital once you are 4 - 5 cm dilated. I’ll remain at the hospital, providing you with photojournalistic portraits until after the baby has had his/her first bath. I will photograph the following:

 

* Your guest / family in the waiting room

* Labor

* Cutting the cord

* Mother/Baby skin to skin

* The baby being weighed, measured, cleaned, bathed, wrapped, etc.

* Details - Baby’s fingers, toes, lips, hair, etc.

* Mom & dad holding their new bundle of joy

* grandparents (and anyone else that’s there) holding the baby

* anything else that you request

 

I do not photograph your “private” parts UNLESS you ask me too (some women want pictures of the baby crowning, some do not)

I typically stand at the head of the bed during the actual labor and focus on photographing mom, dad, nurses & Doctor - and the baby once he/she arrives. 

 

My Recommendations: 

I’ve had the privilege of working with many of the wonderful doctors & nurses at piedmont - Most of which already know me & are familiar with my L&D photography. However, it is always best to discuss having a photographer on sight with your doctor prior to birth. Most doctors at Piedmont and Rock Hill Ob are very welcoming to birth photography, but I have worked with one doctor that did not allow me to photograph certain events during the labor, and one that did not allow portraits at all. 

 

FAQ

What if I have a C-section? What if the O.R. only allows my partner in with me? Every birth is beautiful and every birth deserves to be captured. The benefit to having a professional photographer at your c-section, is that your photographer will be able to capture the moments that you wont get to see while in recovery. Some hospitals allow photographers in O.R., some don’t. It never hurts to ask. If I am not allowed into the O.R., I would be happy to send your partner in with my backup camera. I remain present, shooting the details of your newborn, and will follow your partner and baby to the nursery.

Birthphotographers.com has a great article about The Importance of C-section Birth Photography.

I feel really weird about having a stranger at my birth. Can we meet before hand? Of course! Part of my fee includes an in person meeting. It is very important that you feel comfortable with me and get to know me a bit before the big day. At our meeting we will go over my contract and I can answer any questions you might have.

What if my labor is really fast and you miss the birth? Obviously, a labor and delivery can not be rescheduled. I do everything in my power to be present at your birth. Although I haven’t missed one yet, the possibilities of a fast labor, slow traffic, sickness or natural disaster are all present. In this case, your balance can be transferred to a Fresh 48 session / Newborn Session.

 

What methods of payment do you accept? What about payment plans? As long as your session deposit is paid in full 3 weeks prior to your due date, I am completely willing to work with you on a payment plan.

I accept personal checks, cash, & PayPal. Please make checks payable to “Jamie Riggan” or send payment to PayPal via my email address jdrigganphotography@gmail.com. The remainder of your balance is due on the day of your labor.

I’m not sure about sharing my birthing slide show with the world. Do I have to? Absolutely not. Your slide show will be hosted on my website for 3 months. The link will be private, but you are welcome to share the link with family and friends. It will not be added to my slide show directory with out your expressed permission and approval.

I would be more than happy to schedule a quick meeting with you sometime in the near future to discuss some of this in person, as well as to answer any questions or concerns you might have Please let me know if you would like to schedule a meeting.

To view a few of my Labor & Delivery galleries, please click HERE.

I truly look forward to working with you guys!

 

Jamie Riggan {JDRiggan Photography}

803.325.4615

jdrigganphotography@gmail.com

www.jamierigganphotography.zenfolio.com

www.facebook.com/JDRiggan

 


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