Updated: Mar 26, 2020
I know everyone is talking about and I really wish I didn't have to but I can't avoid it any longer. I believe all the local hospitals are limiting visitors so that photographers are no longer allowed to attend. So where does that leave a birth photographer?
Well for one, I can still attend home births and potentially birth center births. You will of course want to check with your midwife to make sure everything is all clear. A lot of moms are actually thinking of switching to home births if they weren't already planning one. If you need a recommendation please let me know. If it were me I would definitely want to avoid exposing myself to germs in an unfamiliar place with plenty of strangers where the sick are literally congregating. While most young people and children aren't at risk of severe complications just getting sick in general is pretty lame with a newborn.
If you are still planning a hospital birth for whatever reason, we can still document parts of it to help tell your story. Most mamas still labor at home before going to the hospital and even if you are being induced or have a scheduled c-section you will be packing up and getting ready to bring baby home and THAT can be documented. Packing your bag, praying before you go, holding hands as go, breathing through contractions, all these moments are still important to your story. And then when you come home I can be there! Most families don't get to capture those first moment so what a treat to remember all those firsts as you welcome baby into their home. Meeting siblings, pets, grandparents, laying in the bed, your first time to rock them. These are all still so special and worth capturing especially if you are unable to capture the birth.
So here is my offer:
- On call 24/7 for when you go into labor
- Coverage during early labor until you leave for the hospital
- On call for when you return home from the hospital
- Coverage up to 3 hours of welcoming baby home. (this can be right when you get home or scheduled a little later to allow you to settle)
- Can choose photos only or photos + Video
- Additional Add-on: If your husband or support person takes photos of your birth I can edit them and add them to your gallery
And I will of course take precautions during both shoots. I am not visiting any hospitals or with anyone who is ill. I will let you know if I develop any symptoms and will not attend if I am ill. I will not be in any physical contact with anyone, which means as much as I love to hug my mamas we can air hug to avoid contact. And I will let you and Dad do all the baby touching. And I will wash my hands before and after our session.
If you are not due in the next couple of months I can still book your birth. We can discuss options as we wait and see what will happen during this crazy time!
So please contact me to talk about what options work best for you!
Justine is a birth videographer and photographer serving the Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado County. areas. Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Granite Bay, Folsom, Sacramento, Orangevale, Placerville, Antelope, etc