Preparing for labor often feels like an endless to-do list. Pack your hospital bag, write your birth plan, do your Kegels, decorate the nursery... it never seems to end. As much as you have on your plate, there's one more surprising thing that may be worth adding to your list: hire a photographer to document the big day. As reluctant as you may be, there are a host of convincing reasons to hire a birth photographer that might just convince you to book one today.
I know what you're thinking, and I get it. The thought of having anyone other than your partner, birth coach, or team of experienced medical professionals in the room with you as you push a living baby out of your lady parts (or have one surgically removed via C-section), is the opposite of an ideal photo-op.
When you think of it in another light, however, hiring a professional photographer to document the birth of your child means you'll have images of one of the most special days of your life during moments that you might otherwise forget. The pain of contractions, gripping your partner's hand as you push, and those first newborn cries could all be captured in an image that will last a lifetime. If you're hesitant about getting it all photographed, these reasons might just change your mind.