Frequently Asked Questions About Birth Videography

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    Where will you be during the labor process?

    My lens allows me to stand farther away and still capture great shots.  This way I won't be interrupting your process.  I generally stay several feet away from your head or side during active labor and pushing.  I film intermittently throughout active labor, pushing, and post birth. 

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    What about privacy? 

    I will accommodate your preferences about privacy, and will discuss with you ahead of time what you would like filmed or not filmed during the birth process.  A sense of privacy is different for every woman. I am able to film while respecting your privacy, and in the editing process can carefully edit out nudity while keeping the beauty of the birth process central to your story. You may consider wearing a sports bra or other top clothing to make it easier to build a more modest birth highlight film later, but whatever clothing you choose to wear or not wear is up to you. 

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    Do you directly film the baby coming out of the birth canal? (Do you film the vagina?)

    There is a beauty to the birth process, but no, I generally do not film the baby coming out of the birth canal from a direct angle on the vagina.   Filming at your feet can sometimes be obtrusive to the medical team, so I generally keep to your head or side. Also, some hospitals don’t allow filming at the moment of delivery. To me, the most important shot is seeing you hold your baby for the first time. If you would like for me to film the baby coming out of the birth canal, you can let me know at our pre-meeting when you book your birth highlight film, as well as other preferences you might have. 

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    Do hospitals have restrictions on filming labor and delivery?

    Most hospitals and birthing centers allow filming, but you can be sure to include in your birth plan that you would like to have a videographer as a “support” person. It is important that you talk to your doctor or midwife beforehand to verify their policies about filming. Some hospitals do not allow the filming of the actual delivery, but allow filming during labor and immediately after delivery.  I can still capture the first moments beginning seconds after delivery. 

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    Do hospitals have restrictions on filming labor and delivery?

    Most hospitals and birthing centers allow filming, but you can be sure to include in your birth plan that you would like to have a videographer as a “support” person. It is important that you talk to your doctor or midwife beforehand to verify their policies about filming. Some hospitals do not allow the filming of the actual delivery, but allow filming during labor and immediately after delivery.  I can still capture the first moments beginning seconds after delivery. 

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    Can you film in my home or birthing center?

    Yes, I can film wherever you choose to have your baby. 

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    When do you start filming and when do you leave?

    I join you in active labor, usually around 5-6 centimeters dilated.  I stay until the baby is born (no matter how long!). I stay for up to 2 hours after birth to capture more footage of you with your new baby. If you select a “Fresh 48” add on, I will come back to film you telling your birth story within 48 hours at a time that is convenient for you. 

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    I'm having a c-section or adopting a baby. Can I still have a highlight film?

    Yes! The story of the day you become a parent is no less special because it is not through a vaginal delivery. We can craft a story of how you became a parent no matter the method. This would most likely look like cinematic shots of preparing for the baby and the first moments with your baby, overlaid with your own narration of the events of the day.  

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    What if there is a medical emergency during the birth?

    If there is an unforeseen medical emergency, I’m there to capture the birth story, and I will continue filming intermittently as long as permitted by the medical staff.  I may be required to leave the room for a period of time if there is an emergency c-section, but I will return as soon as permitted to continue documenting your birth story.  The health of you and your baby are the most important thing. I would recommend writing in your birth plan you would like your videographer to be a support person for a cesarian if possible.

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    How much equipment do you bring? 

    I only bring one backpack with equipment and do not set up any artificial lighting. I try to be a fly on the wall and stay out of the way. It is just one videographer with one camera. 

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    Who will film my birth?

    You can choose to have a male (Kenny) or a female (Chelsea) film your birth.  We have some moms who are more comfortable with a female in the room, but many moms do not have a preference who does the filming.  

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    How far can you travel to film a birth?

    I can travel within 50 miles of Boise, Idaho, with no extra fee.  If you live outside this area, please contact me to discuss travel costs that may need to be included in your package.  If you have a scheduled induction, cesarian, or adoption story to film, I can travel to film just about anywhere.

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    What’s is like to have someone film your birth? 

    If you’re expecting and considering someone to tell your birth story (or even if you haven’t considered it), I cannot recommend Kenny and Chelsea Barrett of Skypark Films more highly. Absolutely incredible storytelling through film. So much about Isaac’s birth story was very different from my other two, and I’m so thankful Kenny was our ridiculously talented, observant-artist-fly-on-the-wall throughout Isaac’s birth. He spent most of my labor and delivery completely forgotten and utterly unobtrusive, but gave me the most precious gift with irreplaceable value. I can’t give birth to Isaac again, but I’ll always be able to remember the miracle of his birth (and the most precious people in the world to me present in the room during his birth) thanks to Kenny. I highly recommend checking out their filmography and unique, gorgeous birth story approach! Best decision we made! 

    -Lori from Boise, ID

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