When do you arrive?
This depends on a few factors, however for the "typical" birth I arrive once active labor begins (5-1-1) for home births or upon being admitted to the hospital.
what if my birth plan changes?
I have yet to meet a baby that has studied his birth plan. I understand that babies don't come on a schedule or with an itinerary. For this reason, I will stay in contact with you throughout your pregnancy and make adjustments as needed.
Do you share the images?
That is completely up to you! I understand that this is a sensitive and private time. If you choose to let me share images everything will be approved by you before making its debut online!
Will you photograph Home births?
Of course! I love birth no matter where it takes place! However, I do not have any medical experience and for that reason I do require that another birth professional be present (midwife/Dr./doula). This means that I do not photograph unassisted births. I am in contact with several wonderful photographers that do, so please feel free to ask me for recommendations if you are planning an unassisted birth.
what if i change my mind?
Always remember that you own your birth and your birth space. Nothing should be going on in your birth space or be in your birth space that you don't want. I will completely respect ANY choices that you make, even if that means you decide to not have me there any longer. However, the retainer is non-refundable and certain restrictions do occur as far as repayment.
What If I go into labor late at night/early in the morning/a week before im due/etc.?
I understand that babies are not only born between 8am and 5pm. I am on call 24/7 for my clients. If you happen to go into labor early I should still be available (I block out 2 weeks surrounding birth for each client, but am USUALLY always around for someones due date) If for some reason I am unable to make it I have backup photographers available.
What if I have a really long labor?
That's perfectly fine (& normal!) I promise I'm not timing you, or charging you by the hour. If your labor stalls significantly I may step out for a few hours and return when labor picks up. However, for the most part I am there for the long haul!
Do you photograph c-sections?
Unfortunately, the hospitals in the area do not allow photographers in the room most of the time. However, please consult with your Dr. as every circumstance is different. If okay-ed by Dr. and hospital I will be more than happy to photograph your c-section. If you happen to have an emergency c-section after going into labor I will continue to stay at the hospital to photograph everything leading up to and after the O.R. If you are having a planned c-section I offer special rates for coverage before and after the O.R.
do you take crowning shots?
Yes! But only if you want me to. We can talk specifics about all the photos you want, or don't want during your one-on-one consultation.