CHILDBIRTH VIDEO TIPS:
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.