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Portland Birth Photographer | My response to "Birth Photographer Refuses to Document C-Section"

I promise I won't make this long. But I just had to say something about this. For those of you who haven't heard, in the past couple of days, a viral post quickly started to circulate the internet. For the most part, I saw it on the Sanctimommy Facebook page. Here's a little taste of what I'm talking about:

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Being part of a huge worldwide community of Birth Photographers, Midwives, and Doulas I was quickly notified of such disgraceful comments. I must admit, I spend a few hours trying to research whether this was an actual Birth Photographer or a hoax. I was unable to confirm whether these texts were real of fake, but for certainty, they are sending shock waves throughout the birth world.

As a birth photographer, I was completely disgusted when I read these texts. "How dare someone to speak this way to an expectant Mom?" I thought to myself. I was angry. I was furious.  I honestly could not calm myself down.

I sincerely hope these texts are fake, and a sad attempt at going viral. Whatever the case, I want to speak out and set matters straight.

I belong to a worldwide community of Birth Photographers all over the world. I can honestly say, that no real birth photographer views a cesarean as surgery and not as birth. That would just be impossible. A baby has entered into this world. He or she was born, and a new life has begun. Regardless of how that baby was born, it is and always will be a birth.

What do you think? Leave your comments below ☺

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Scared. Worried. Nervous. Excited. These are all the emotions I remember feeling when I realized I "this was it!" I remember thinking to myself "at the end of this day, I will be holding my baby in my arms."

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Portland Birth Photographer | One contraction, at a time....

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One contraction, at a time...

I came across this article on babycenter.com and wanted to share with all of you. Many feel that epidural is the only way to relieve contraction pain. However many moms who have gone through labor, have commented on these successful natural pain techniques.

In addition to pain medication and epidurals, moms have lots of natural pain-management tricks up their sleeves. We surveyed more than a thousand moms to learn how they eased their labor pain. Here's what they had to say.

Breathing Exercises

A full three-quarters of BabyCenter moms used breathing exercises to ride out those contractions.

  • I found that blowing out deep breaths really helped me get through the contractions.
  • The contractions were very intense and breathing through the pain was very helpful for me.
  • It felt like I had to take all my energy and focus it, especially during the tough contractions. If I moved or lost focus on my breathing, I felt like I lost control of my body and the pain would take over.

Position changes

Half our moms found that a simple change of position helped relieve the pain. (Exercise balls can be great for this – a quarter of BabyCenter moms used one).

  • Don't be afraid to move around, walk, sit on a ball, or whatever, it progresses labor faster.
Learn about your options for labor, birth, and after, and make your wishes clear.

Rocking

Many moms rocked their way through contractions.

  • I got through it just one contraction at a time, through breathing, rocking, and moaning.

Walking

If you're up for it, try a little walk. It helped about one-third of the moms in our survey.

  • I definitely recommend walking to help with labor and delivery

Massage

Don't underestimate the power of a good massage – be it your back or your feet!

  • I packed a rice heating pad, which was amazing for my back labor.
  • A handheld massager was very useful in early labor when the pain was in my back.
  • My husband rubbed my feet with aromatherapy lotion. I was in heaven.
Learn massage techniques you can use during labor, like "nerve strokes" and the "double hip squeeze".

Soaking in the tub

Almost one-fifth of BabyCenter moms got some watery relief.

  • I spent the majority of my labor in the bathtub, which helped manage the pain and also relaxed me.

Visualization

Got a nice beach in mind? Go to it during contractions. You can also try visualizing labor before it happens.

  • The biggest advice I have is to envision labor in your mind beforehand. I prepared by telling myself that it's going to hurt, but it won't last forever... like a tattoo.
  • Take yourself somewhere else mentally during contractions.
Moms share how they made it through the toughest moments of labor.

Music

If you're a music lover, try a few tunes for natural pain management, as 14 percent of our moms did. (Looking for some song ideas? Check out our labor playlists).

  • I packed my MP3 player and used it while in labor. The music helped me relax and took my mind off the contractions.

Article credit: http://www.babycenter.com/0_moms-say-top-pain-management-techniques-during-labor_10339940.bc

Providence Portland Birth Photographer | Preparing for a Hospital Birth: What All Moms Need to Know

Los Angeles Newborn Photographer Does your idea of delivery comfort have less to do with the bed you’ll give birth in, and more to do with the medical backup you'll have on hand? If so, a hospital is probably the most comfortable choice for you — putting you in good company.

Giving birth in a hospital is by far the most popular choice of expectant couples in the United States. It’s the choice for women who have what’s considered a “high-risk” pregnancy (e.g., if you’re 35 and over, are pregnant with multiples or have conditions like gestational diabetes). It also offers the most options in terms of who can make your delivery: While most birthing center and home births are attended by midwives (certified or direct entry), your hospital birth can be overseen by an OB-GYN, a family physician or a certified nurse-midwife (96 percent of CNM deliveries are, in fact, in regular hospitals). Doulas are welcome, too.

Just as there are pros and cons for every choice you'll make when it comes to your childbirth experience, there are pluses and minuses when it comes to having your baby in a hospital.

ADVANTAGES OF A HOSPITAL BIRTH

Some of the plus-sides of a hospital birth include:

  • It’s the safest option. If you're at high risk, it's the safest childbirth environment for you and your baby. Ditto if an unforeseen complication arises during labor (such as a prolapsed cord or placenta abruption, for example).
  • It’s close to an operating room. If you need a cesarean section (either planned or emergency), it's the only place you can have one. And you won't have to be transferred mid-labor if it looks like you'll need one — you'll just have to move from your birthing room to the operating room.
  • It offers the most advanced technology. On-staff pediatricians and, in many hospitals, sophisticated newborn medical technology are available should your baby need immediate medical care.
  • You have easy access to pain relief. Anesthesiologists on staff are almost always available to provide pain relief medications as you request, from epidurals to narcotics.

DOWNSIDES OF A HOSPITAL BIRTH

Some of the disadvantages of a hospital birth are:

  • Hospitals, especially larger ones, can seem impersonal and intimidating. Taking a tour ahead of time can help you feel more familiar — and more comfortable — at your hospital of choice. Keep in mind, though, that more hospitals, even those big ones, are doing more and more to have a "family-friendly" feel in the labor and delivery wing.
  • Even private rooms aren't that private. There's a lot of coming and going in hospital rooms — it may often seem like there's a round-the-clock revolving door of residents, nurses and other hospital staff members hovering around your bedside. You can expect to get less rest, too, at a hospital for the same reason ("time to check your blood pressure again").
  • Separations are often routine. Even if you've chosen to "room-in" with your baby, there will be times when hospital routines will separate you, including for newborn screenings.
  • Hospital policies rule. Though hospitals are more open to birthing alternatives than ever before (if only to keep up with the demands of expectant parents who've come to expect more), they're bound by protocols and procedures — which means you will be, too. Still, chances are good that with the help of your practitioner you'll be able to create a birth plan that gives you the birth experience you want, even in a hospital setting.

Without a doubt, hospitals have come a long way since the days when deliveries took place in cold, uncomfortable, sterile delivery rooms. Today, the equipment's still sterile (and that's a good thing), but the surroundings are typically far from it. If your hospital has an official policy of family-centered maternity care (many do), you can expect birthing rooms that are comfortable and homey, designed in warm, soothing colors, with all the medical necessities at hand (but hidden behind armoires), dim lights, private bathrooms (including showers and/or baths that can be used for hydrotherapy relief during labor), and ample space — including sofa beds — for family members and your birth coaches (your spouse, a doula etc.).

FINDING THE RIGHT HOSPITAL FOR YOU

It’s never too early to start researching hospitals — especially at some of the more popular facilities, which may have a limited number of spaces in their labor and delivery suites. Check online and ask friends for recommendations. A few things to consider:

  • Is the hospital in your insurance network? Although the Affordable Care Act now requires all insurance plans to cover maternity care, the deductibles, coinsurance, copayments or similar charges for each service can vary, up to an out-of-pocket maximum for in-network providers. If you’re out of network, however, the charges can skyrocket.
  • What amenities does the facility offer? Consider the type of birth you’re hoping to achieve. If you’re hoping for a more natural birth, for example, does the facility offer or allow birthing tubs? If price is less of a factor than convenience, you may also want to consider if the facility offers labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms, where instead of moving between several rooms from labor through recovery you’ll stay put.
  • What’s the C-section rate? Rates of C-sections can vary widely from hospital to hospital, from 7 percent to nearly 70 percent, so it’s a good idea to look into your hospital’s rates online (here is a good source to get started). If your hospital of choice has particularly high rates, you can ask why when you visit the hospital.
  • Does the facility support breastfeeding? If you’re planning to breastfeed, you may want to check if your hospital is a certified “Baby-Friendly Hospital” (see the full list here). The Baby-Friendly certification means the hospital follows World Health Organization and UNICEF guidelines to support mothers in successful breastfeeding, including allowing mothers and infants to room together 24 hours per day. Don’t fret if your hospital isn’t on the list either: Just be sure to ask about breastfeeding assistance your hospital offers when you take your hospital tour.

Finally, take a tour of the facility you’re most interested in using, if possible at around week 30 to 34 of pregnancy. This will give you a chance to ask questions, clear up the smaller details and meet some of the staff who will be assisting you on D-Day.

THE COST OF A HOSPITAL DELIVERY

Your hospital will work with your insurance company to determine what your co-pay will be. While the Affordable Care Act guarantees some low- or no-cost prenatal and infant care, insurance companies vary on the amount charged for your hospital care and stay during labor, delivery and recovery. How much you pay out-of-pocket depends on factors including treatments needed for you and your baby, the facility at which you deliver, your health insurance and more.

Source Material: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/hospital-birth/

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Portland Birth Photographer | The Art of Birth

As a Birth Photographer in Portland Oregon, Your baby's birth is one of the most timeless and momentous occasions of your life. Whether it is your first or fifth child, no two births are ever alike. Nothing compares to the moment you meet your little one for the first time. The beautiful beginnings of a new family, new traditions, and a new life. Sadly, these memories can fade so quickly. I can barely remember what happened during the first hour after I delivered my son. Adrenaline and excitement clouds your memory. Birth photography helps capture & preserve these precious memories for you. Parents at that time are so focused on a million different things- the health of mom, the health of baby, the pain! Who wants to think about taking pictures at a time like this?! That's where I come in! Wouldn't you rather hold your partners hand during this special time, than be distracted by taking photographs?

I am there to capture your birth Story.

I am there to capture that special once in a life time moment, when you meet your little miracle for the first time. When you hear their first cry, when you finally get to hold them in your arms after months of anticipation.

I regret not hiring a birth photographer for my son's birth.

That's why hiring a birth photographer makes such great sense!  You are promised beautiful professional looking photos.....and of course a tear-jerking Birth Story Slide Show!

Here is an example!

 

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