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Go Get Censored!!!

It’s inevitable…. posting images of child birth are going to be revered, judged, reported and then torn down from the online social media world. There is so much to consider as a birth photographer, holding the rights to your images, but not always the right to share the story. There is something outrageously tempting about wanting to spread the visual word, promote informed birth choices, empower and entice others with the reality of birth. Sometimes I do feel it’s becoming more about the photographer than the woman and child in the images. The irony is that my very success stems from an act of censorship gaining large scale social media exposure and bolstering my presence into the public eye.Censorship Outcry

Every woman has a precious and powerful story to tell and share, if she wants to. These moments are intensely personal, and are taken at a time when a woman and child are at their most vulnerable. As is the balance of life, it’s the decisions which involve risk that bring about the greatest impact on your journey.

As photographers, the risk of censorship (getting banned and ridiculed) seems to bring about some kind of reward, somewhere in the vicinity of industry fame and popularity. So as birth photographs become accepted and birth itself normalised, censorship reduces, and the waves that photographers ride will become smaller and less helpful in thrusting our agenda into the limelight. Some days it feels like the race is on!

If you are a woman, giving permission to share your most private and powerful moments, consider how you and your child might feel reading the good, bad and ugly comments and opinions of strangers. Consider your emotional state and how you will balance and ground yourself if an image of you and your child goes “viral”.

If you are a photographer, read the above comment and put yourself in your client’s shoes. Then make sure your client understands that too. No matter what, this isn’t your story or your birth, it is hers. And it is your job as a birth photographer to hold that birth space, not just as it was happening, but forever more.

Here are a few special moments shared with full and informed permission. Each birth has its own story and celebration. Consider them all with honour and compassion in your heart as you play your part in normalising birth and helping us talk about the lessons we learned and wisdom we have to share as mothers.

 

The journey of Baby Williams: Part Two – The Birth of Brea

WARNING – THIS POST CONTAINS IMAGES OF CHILD BIRTH.

To witness the birth of beautiful Baby Brea Williams was an unbelievable privilege. Watching Kirsty progress through the various stages of labour with the strength of character beyond her years was amazing. With an awesome support team around her, Kirsty brought her beautiful daughter into this world with minimal intervention and a rather entertaining sense of humour! She remained grounded and composed, and as she transitioned things really stepped up a gear.

As baby was about to arrive, the suite filled with medical staff due to Brea’s condition requiring immediate intensive care. I think we had 12 or so people in the room! I was lucky enough to score the front row position and captured an amazing array of shots as Brea was birthed. The value of these shots lay in the heart of the mother whose baby is whisked away for hours (perhaps a whole day) from her while she’s at her most vulnerable, left to feel as if it were all a dream. This separation really does, from what I’ve seen and sensed, have an impact on the mother’s ease of bonding with her baby.

3 Days later I returned to the hospital to see how Brea was getting on!

Brea’s journey has been so humbling to watch, as her parents deal with the ups and down of having a gorgeous newborn baby with a serious health condition. Brea and her family flew to Melbourne for her first lot of heart surgery a week after her birth. Her journey continues with as much love and support around her as any child deserves – to the moon and back!

Below is the slideshow 🙂

http://youtu.be/BCP-wPqmEhc

The Birth of April – Adelaide Birth Photographer

From the very beginning, I knew this birth was going to a much anticipated and exciting event for our family. But I never thought I’d be asked to photograph the event! So when I was, it was a moment of elation! Following the journey of first time mum, Kim through to the arrival of her gorgeous little daughter was a dream come true. But what was more amazing was how I witnessed one of the calmest and most focused drug free labours I could have imagined. The support was flowing freely, the energy was relaxed yet energised by the fast progress this calm labour facilitated. Once again, I believe this is another prime example of the way hypno-birthing can assist mothers during labour.

This storybook gallery has a few selectively conservative images of the birth of April. There are other shots, reserved for private viewing, that display the actual birth in an amazing way. Too amazing for words!

For those who are interested in the hypnobirth / calmbirth idea in Adelaide, please contact Kristy from Instinctual Birthing

Hospital and Home Birth Photographer