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Subject: Re: [Leica] 2003 photos birthing.
From: "lea" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 13:42:48 -0500
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Yours are excellent suggestions and while the only birthing experience I
have is pushing my own daughter into this world, I do not anticipate
being in the room for my sister's delivery. I would love to be and if it
happens, I'm there but right now my sis wants to do it without
spectators (other than the hubby and medical kind). I completely support
her decision...even if I would like to be there.

We'll see...she may change her mind as the date draws near (Feb) and if
so, I'll definitely do as you suggest.

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Ted Grant" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 1:14 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] 2003 photos birthing.

> lea offered:
> > New series....I had earlier written that I was searching for a new
> > subject on which to do a series. I found it! My sister and hubby are
> > expecting their first child so I have begun monthly photos of her
> > changing body. I will post the images as they come.<<<
> Hi Lea,
> Depending how far along to due date make sure it's arranged with the
> "doctor" that you can be there from start to finish during the
birthing and
> don't wait until the last moment as it's a pretty good chance if you
> with her for delivery and do not have your paper work done, that by
the time
> someone says "OK!" it's all over. :-(
> Or the nurses will keep you in a waiting area until it's over because
> people do pictures after the baby is born, cleaned-up and in swaddling
> clothes.
> Get the doc lined up and make sure he or she lets the nursing station
> you'll be there from start to finish as it's a very important point to
> in place.
> One more bit and I do this everytime about a week before the due date,
> though I've shot about 203 birthing's over the years I do it even at
> General Hospital where I'm known by many of the nurses and docs. I go
to the
> nursing station with a letter for the Charge Nurse to have on file who
I am,
> which birthing mother I'll be with, the doctors name and his / her
> permission has been OK'd.
> That goes on the patients chart for all medical staff to see if any
> questions arise.
> If you have previous experience of shooting this situation I'd list
that as
> well. It makes a lot of people, nursing staff,  feel better when you
> and the mother is about to pop it right there on the floor and
everyone is
> running around in semi-panic. Well it kind of looks like that. ;-) But
> they have all the info before hand then everyone is cool and in the
loop. It
> makes a far easier time for... "the photographer!"
> Trust me there are no family pictures of the head emerging!!! So save
> film, work from the mother's head end of the bed as that allows you to
> her, the husband doing the TLC thing and the med. crew doing their
> Makes far more dramatic pictures than a bloody head emerging.
> Without question do it all in black & white! Colour just doesn't cut
> However these points may all be for not if you've had previous
> experience.
> ted
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