Frequently asked Questions
Please don't hesitate to contact me, should you wish to meet up and explore the option of documenting your birth. However, in the meantime, here are a few common questions answered.
What if I am considering Birth Photography, but I am not quite sure?
I am always happy meet with prospective clients for coffee first, before you decide on whether to book me. It is important for you to get an intuitive sense, whether you would like me present at your birth. That way I can also run though how things work and what packages are on offer. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
How far in advance should I book you and how available are you?
It is best to contact me as soon as possible, as I only take on 2 - 3 births a month. I need to be on call and ready so can't take on too many. However, please contact me even if it is last minute. You never know if my schedule will allow it.
Do you photograph only natural births?
No, I photograph both Natural and C-Section Births - including both emergency and planned C-Section. These all require me to be 24 hour on call for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks post your due date. If your baby comes early I do everything in my power to get there regardless. I also stay for the full duration of your labour and birth. Whether that is for 6 hours or 2 days! I also stay for about 2 hours after the birth to be able to get those precious first moments as parents.
What about nudity? I don't want photographs of my baby crowning...
I aim to photograph your birth story discreetly, without the need to show nudity. Before the birth, when we meet, we will set out exactly what kind of shots you are wanting. Most clients ask for nothing to be shown below the waist. It is entirely up to you and I work within what your wishes are.
I don't want my images shared online. Is that possible?
It is up to you whether you are happy to share your birth story or keep it completely private. I only use images online with express consent by the client.
When do you arrive at the hospital/home/birth centre?
It is important to let me know as soon as labour starts, but I aim to arrive when you are dilated to about 5cm and going into active labour. However, each labour is unique. We can discuss your personal needs and preferences when we meet.
Are you a member of any Birth Photography associations?
I am a proud member of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP). I adhere to a very strict professional code of conduct and have the invaluable support and guidance of my many colleagues both here and overseas - in all birth related issues. I am also a proud member of The Cape Town Birth Photography Association locally. I have done the Mama Bamba Doula training and am currently completing my official certification as a doula.
What if something happens and you can't make it?
I always have various Back up Birth Photographer’s on standby, ready to step in if for any reason I can't get there. Although this almost never happens and I would avoid this at all costs!
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