Choosing a Photographer
Is the proud new daddy planning to record his baby's entrance into the world? While a vulnerable, pain-filled mother might feel most comfortable with her husband or partner behind the camera, you must also consider his other duties during labor and delivery. If Dad is also Mom's breathing coach, if she wants to be able to squeeze his hands during contractions or expects him to help her bear down when pushing, and if he plans to cut the baby's umbilical cord, it might be difficult - if not impossible - for him to do so while holding a camera.
Consider enlisting a close friend or family member to fill in as photographer, at least during crucial moments. Obviously, it should be someone with whom you are both very comfortable. If Mom would feel awkward exposing herself in front of Uncle Ned, for example, then he is not the right person to ask. Ideally, you should select someone who has some experience with a camera, as well. Finally, make sure your candidate is not particularly squeamish, or your movie might end up with five minutes of the delivery room ceiling when the videographer passes out on the floor.
Another option is to hire a professional videographer to film a natural childbirth video for you. If you are not especially modest and are comfortable spending a bit of money, doing so can result in a polished movie that you will treasure. Should you choose to go this route, seek a newborn photographer or videographer who has experience photographing or filming births.
Again, check with the hospital before making this decision as some facilities limit the number of people who can be in the delivery room with the mother. This is especially true when a C-section is required; in this case, typically only one person is permitted to be present with the mother.