When do you go on call? What if my baby comes outside that time?
I officially go on call from 37-42 weeks. This means that I am available to you 24/7 during this time, and whenever your baby decides to meet you! However, birth is unpredictable, and sometimes baby’s don’t follow a timeline! If your baby comes outside of the 37-42 week window, I will make every effort to still attend your birth (so please call!).
When do I call? How long do you stay?
I ask clients to communicate with me when things change – even if just a “heads up” that something might be happening. That way, I can ensure that I have a plan for my own children, and have everything ready to go on a moment’s notice. It also gives me a chance to reshuffle my schedule in case you need me. I come to your place of birth when you need me to. I don’t work on any particular figures – not at ‘x’ number of centimetres dilated, not at ‘x’ number of contractions lasting ‘y’ long. I trust a woman’s instincts, and also make a judgement based on their previous birthing history, and their own unique circumstances. Often, and particularly with subsequent births, I will come when you are heading to the hospital, or have called your midwife to attend you at home. I stay for the labour and birth as long as it takes – knowing that this is unpredictable. In the case of a very long labour, I may take breaks to eat and rest. I stay for 2-3 hours postpartum. If you wish for me to stay longer, or come back later (perhaps when the siblings arrive), this can be arranged for an extra fee.
What happens if you miss my birth?
Depending on the circumstances, there are a few different options, from capturing the hours immediately after birth, to transferring to a Fresh48 or newborn session, to partial or full refunds. This will be discussed in more detail at your in-person consultation.
What happens if I have a cesarean?
Your baby’s birthday is unique, no matter the circumstances. If you need a cesarean, either elective or emergency, I will do my best to tell your baby’s Birth Day story through photographs. There are many moments before and after the actual birth of your baby that are an important part of the day, and I will be there to capture them – from the nervous anticipation beforehand, to the skin to skin and bonding afterwards. As for the birth itself, there are no guarantees. I have been able to photograph numerous cesareans, including theatre, but there are still times that I will not have permission to accompany you, particularly in emergency situations. In this case, your partner or a staff member will have a crash course in using my camera to photograph in theatre, and I will edit and include these photographs in your final gallery. For elective cesareans, I am willing to work with you and your care providers during the pregnancy to seek permission to have a photographer in theatre with you, and have done so successfully in the past.
Do you photograph….”everything”?
That depends on if you WANT me to photograph “everything”. Those minutes of birth itself are just one part of the story of your baby’s Birth Day, and I will only photograph it if, and how, you are comfortable. For some, seeing the process of birth is an incredible thing to look back upon – I call it “the midwife view”. For others, it is something they may not want included, and that’s fine too – in that case, I will either photograph other moments and details (such as the look on your face, or your partner’s face, the clock, the way you are holding your partner’s hand, etc) or what I call the “mother view”, photographing from behind your shoulder to see what you would see as your baby emerges.
Can we keep our images private?
Absolutely! This is YOUR story. It is a private and intimate event. Some women love sharing their empowering, positive images with the world. For others, it is something intensely personal, for their own memories and perhaps to share with close friends and family only. Any kind of sharing at all is 100% optional, and there are no extra privacy fees. If you are happy to share, you will be provided with a model release, where you have control over what images are shared, and where they are shared. If not, your images will be kept 100% private.
Do you offer video documentaries of birth?
Yes, I do, and I LOVE it. There is nothing more powerful than hearing a mother’s “birth song” or a baby’s first cry, or to watch the tear roll down a daddy’s face as he sees his child for the first time. There are so many beautiful details and moments that make up a birth story, and video is a very powerful way to relive those moments – moments you may not even remember happening, yourself.