You Know You’re a Birth Photographer if…
*You lay your scrubs out every night, down to the socks & shoes. Fumbling around in the darkness for clothes can waste precious minutes.
*You can roll out of bed, dress, and be backing down your drive way in 6 minutes flat all hours of the night.
*You keep track of the full moon and new moon schedule
*In social settings you start 80% of your stories with “This one time, at a birth…”
*You can answer your phone before you are even awake. Sometimes you honestly can’t remember the first half of the conversation.
*On nights you know there is a mama in early labor, you sleep restlessly, dreaming only of labors happening and missing births.
*You keep a change of clothes & snacks in your car at all times. You learned that lesson after the first 24 hour marathon birth without a fresh change of clothing.
*You use the words “primip”, “multip”, “earthside”, “transition”, “placenta”, “contractions”, “prodromal labor”, “latent labor”, and other birth related words multiple times a day.
*You know what SS, AF, MF, ISO, WB, RAW, & M stand for and you type them daily on photography forums.
*You warn people you are an unpredictable dinner guest.
*To flash or not to flash, that is the question. (It really is the question you contemplate and discuss constantly.)
*You have had to take pictures in such dark settings not even auto focus will work.
*You feel fairly confident if you ran across a woman delivering her baby unexpectedly in the grocery store you could probably handle it, since you’ve seen it done so many times. (assuming no complications, of course)
*You haven’t gone out of town in over a year.
*Your phone lives in your back pocket
*You double and triple check to make sure your phone is on loud each night before bed
*You can’t remember the last time your phone was on silent.
*Your children discuss childbirth over dinner.
*You have no problem snacking while editing photos full of blood, placentas, and perhaps other situations most other people would wince at.
*You can stay silent for hours, and you think you would probably make a pretty good spy, because you know how to be stealthy.
*You wish your shutter wasn’t so dang loud. It sounds like thunder crashing in a silent birth room. Sometimes it’s almost painful to click that button, even though the result is well worth it.
*You drive to the place of birth with your heart about to pound out of your chest, worried when you rush through the doors you will hear the cries of an infant. Even if mama was at 4cm, you still worry.
*You hit the jackpot one month and photograph a breech delivery, one of your proudest career moments yet!
*Photographing babies born in the caul is like photographers gold
*The shot you captured that was posted on “Birth Without Fear” really was your “crowning moment”