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Esther Edith is a professional birth photographer serving the Spokane, WA / Coeur d’Alene, ID areas. Here are a few reasons you might want to consider investing in professional birth photography.

 

Five Reasons to Hire a Professional Birth Photographer

Birth photography is growing in popularity, and here are five great reasons for why you may want to consider inviting a professional birth photographer to capture your birth:

 

1. Gives you the Freedom to focus on giving birth, without worrying about capturing every moment in your memory.

Giving birth usually demands all of our energy and attention. From the intricate fabrication of your baby’s wrinkly little hands, to the expressions of awe and joy as you delight in them, your birth photographer preserves these special details for your family, in a beautiful, visual memory.

 

2. Allows your spouse to fully support you:
Instead of your partner worrying about taking photos, invite a professional birth photographer to do their job, and to capture your birth event. One of my favorite images to capture is dad’s expression when he meets newborn baby for the first time. Your partner can give you his full attention, and be more relaxed and present with you during your birth, while your birth photographer skillfully documents it all.

 

3. Capturing a Birth Requires Skill and Professional Equipment:
A birth photographer is trained and experienced in how to capture the best-possible images for you; from choosing the right angles, to the lighting, to capturing all the small details, and all the time it takes to edit and compile your birth story, a professional birth photographer is equipped with the necessary tools it takes to beautifully capture your birth. (The image to the right was taken late into the night, with only one, small lamp in the room, but my camera and editing equipment allowed me to preserve the moment well, so that this family can look back on and cherish it for years to come.) 

 

4. Childbirth is one of the most important events of life:
Every time a baby is born is a miraculous event. There are no do-overs with a birth. This is the one time your child will enter the world, and it’s an event worth documenting. We spend thousands to capture our weddings, not only because it’s a special day filled with love, joy, and beauty, but it also marks the event of inviting someone into your family; likewise, your birth is also worthy of being preserved in beautiful, lasting images.

 

5. Remembering your Birth gives you a refreshed perspective
I have to admit: there are some rough days as a parent. During these times, I often look back at my own birth story images, and my heart swells with joy, thankfulness, and refreshed love for my babies. I have no birth photos from our first birth – only vague, faint memories. I regret not capturing it, but my birth photos from our last home-water-birth mean the world to me, and I look through them often, and they help me to remember the miracle of life, to not take it for granted, and to push through the challenges as I did with my birth.

 

When you Hire Me: 
Having given birth myself, I understand the intimacy and vulnerability of giving birth; your comfort is my utmost priority. When we meet prior to your birth, I want to give you the chance to grow comfortable with me, get to know each other a bit, and go over the details of your birth plan. Together, we will brainstorm how I might best capture the process for you.

 
Birth clients are my top-most priority, which is why from 37 weeks until your birth, I will be on-call for you 24/7. This means that all of my other sessions take second place, I do not plan any travel or vacation, and I prioritize your reserved time. We will stay in touch as you start to go into labor, and I will arrive at your place of delivery when you are moving into active labor. I will stay with you throughout the process, and up to 2 hours afterwards while you and your loved ones bond with your newest family member. 

 

If full birth coverage is not for you, but you really wish to capture those early, post-birth moments, please click here to view information on my “Fresh Baby” package. 

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Basic Birth Doula Support     $975

• Initial (complimentary) meeting to get to know each other
• Two prenatal visits: breathing techniques, labor positions, your birth plan, and more
• Phone and email support throughout your pregnancy
• 24 hour on-call availability from 38 weeks until your birth
• Continuous support throughout labor and delivery
• Breastfeeding and latch assistance post-birth
• Professional Birth Photography Mini (5 images)
• One casual postpartum visit within two weeks of birth
◦ Process your birth experience
◦ Breastfeeding and babywearing information
◦ Access to my lending library of babywearing carriers, and one-on-one babywearing assistance
◦ A hot meal brought to your home within the first 2 weeks
◦ Connections to additional resources as you continue your postpartum journey
• Postpartum, I will be available via phone/email to provide additional support to you and your partner.


 

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Postpartum Doula Support     $TBD (Tailored to your family’s needs)

  • Breastfeeding support, latch and positioning tips, pumping, and bottle feeding info.
  • Babywearing information, one-on-one assistance, and access to my variety of carriers for lend
  • Understanding baby cues, and assistance with newborn care (diapering, bathing, feeding, soothing)
  • Self-care and sleeping solutions for all
  • Processing and reflecting on birth experience
  • Light housekeeping (tidying, dishes, laundry)
  • Light meal preparation
  • Grocery runs and other errands
  • Access to my lending library regarding breastfeeding, sleep training, nutrition, milestones, and more.
  • Connections with local resources, including lactation consultants, pediatricians, parenting classes, counseling, and support groups

 

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