What happens if I miss your birth: Birth Photography in Sheffield

As a birth photographer in Sheffield, I understand the profound significance of capturing the raw beauty and emotional depth of childbirth. However, life is unpredictable, and despite meticulous planning, there may be instances when I am unable to be present for your birth. In such situations, it’s essential to have a clear understanding of what happens next and how we can still preserve the precious moments of welcoming your little one into the world.

The Importance of Flexibility

Nothing is a given when it comes to birth. There are so many factors and while we can write our birth plans or birth preferences down, it could all easily go out the window just as equally as it could all go as we envisioned it. While every effort is made to ensure I am present for your birth, unforeseen circumstances may arise that prevent me from being there. Whether it’s due to conflicting schedules, rapid labour, or other unexpected events, things happen and we can’t always control it.

I have (as of 2024) only ever missed one birth. In the case of A, I had one weekend already booked with another job 5 hours away. A was aware of this weekend away prior to booking, but we were hopeful that her birth would not fall into that 48 hour window…it did.

Your Peace of Mind Matters

If I am unable to photograph your birth, please know that your peace of mind and comfort are of utmost importance to me. I understand that missing such a significant moment can be disappointing, and I am committed to finding a solution that best suits your needs and desires.

When booking me as your birth photographer, we write our own birth photography preferences. In this, you tell me what you want to happen. If you enter active labour, but I am unable to reach you immediately, it could be an option where I have another photographer step in to capture what they can until I can arrive and take over. It might be that you don’t want another photographer to step in and I get there as soon as I can. It might be that I miss the birth completely and we transition to a Fresh 48 session.

Transitioning to a Newborn Session

In the event that I miss your birth, we will seamlessly transition to a newborn session instead. Some people prefer to have what is called a “Fresh 48” session. This is a session that takes place within the first 48 hours of baby’s life. It could be that I just missed the birth and instead capture the time immediately postpartum during your precious golden hour or we arrange a session at a later date when you feel ready. I will ensure that we capture the essence of those precious early days with your newborn no matter the timing of the session.

In the case of A, I missed her birth by mere hours and then she was suddenly faced with the loss of a family member on the same day. Her family needed each other and arrangements needed to be made. This meant that our newborn session didn’t take place until over two months after baby was born. We still managed to capture the intimacy of mother and baby with some beautiful skin to skin moments, as well as a group family photo with her mum, who was her birth partner.

Preserving Memories, Regardless of Circumstances

While missing your birth may not have been part of the plan, I am dedicated to ensuring that we still capture the magic and joy of welcoming your little one into the world. Whether through a newborn session or alternative arrangements, your story will be documented with the same care and attention to detail that defines my photography style.

In the unpredictable journey of childbirth, unexpected moments may arise, but what truly matters is how we navigate them together. As your Sheffield Birth Photographer, I am here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that your memories are preserved, your preferences are respected, and your journey to parenthood is celebrated in all its unique glory. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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