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Labor, Birth, and Early Newborn Photography

The desire to document labor and birth through photos varies for every woman and family. Whomever is elected to be the photographer should always respect the mother’s wishes regarding when and what is photographed.

Let’s talk about documenting your labor, birth, or first moments with your newborn. There are multiple wonderful ideas available, and I have included some of my favorites.

Labor photo opportunities

Birth photo opportunities

*Remember to check with your provider and birth facility prior to your delivery regarding their policy on when and what you may photograph or record

Early newborn photo opportunities

Remember that it is most important to be “in the moment” and enjoy this time. If you do not remember to capture any of the photos you planned, the memories will live in your heart forever and that’s what matters most.

Leanne Shelton, RN, BSN, Labor & Delivery Nurse, Doula
Leanne lives in Virginia with her husband and two children. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas Arlington and a Master of Science in Education at Old Dominion University. She is a labor and delivery nurse supporting moms and families throughout labor, delivery, and postpartum.