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Dis­cuss film­ing or pho­tograph­ing the event with your health care provider ( doc­tor or mid­wife) at pre­na­tal vis­its be­cause some won’t con­sent to it.

●If you are plan­ning to give birth in a hos­pi­tal or birth cen­tre, talk with man­age­ment about their film and photo pol­icy too.

●Got a birth plan? Make a film plan. Spec­ify what you want doc­u­mented, what you don’t, and en­sure your de­sires will be re­spected dur­ing the birth if you change your mind dur­ing labour.

●You may need a writ­ten re­lease from any and all peo­ple who will be present at the birth – this in­cludes doc­tors, mid­wives, doulas and nurses. If they refuse to be in the film, in­struct your cam­era op­er­a­tor to keep them out of the frame. This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant if you will be up­load­ing the video on­line.

●Giv­ing birth can take a long time. Make sure you have back- up bat­ter­ies and ex­tra mem­ory cards. You might also like to en­sure your mem­ory card is pass­word lock­able, for pri­vacy.

●How much do you want to show? Per­haps it de­pends on whether the film is for your own view­ing or for wider shar­ing. A birth video isn’t all about the head crown­ing – it’s about the whole day, the am­bi­ence, sur­round­ings, and the re­la­tion­ships as you wel­come a child into the world.

●Who do you want to show? You can con­trol your pri­vacy by hav­ing a pri­vate ( friends- only) ac­count on YouTube, Face­book, Twit­ter, Tum­blr and more.

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