Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our birth services!
We are so excited to be a part of your journey!
Mama Bear Upstate Birth was founded to support and encourage women during birth and to meet the growing need for labor support in our community, while capturing the moment to be cherished forever.
It is now widely recognized that choosing to add a labor support person and birth photographer to one’s birth team can yield many positive benefits. A woman’s memories of her birth experiences last a lifetime and can have powerful effects on her self esteem and confidence. We are committed to helping women and couples feel empowered and supported as they experience birth.
It is our goal to help mothers learn to trust in their beautiful, strong bodies and to trust in birth. The moment that a baby is born is joyous, magical, and wondrous, and it is our wish for mothers and their partners to experience the birth of their babies as fully as possible, and to be able to experience moments that may have been missed through photography.
It would be an honor to have the opportunity to share this time with you. We will work to support you to birth in awareness, where you feel confident, informed, and surrounded with care, love and respect.
Daddy’s + Birth Photographers
Spouse’s tend to be concerned that birth photography is completely unnecessary, but instead of having your spouse focused on photographing the birth of their child, they can be fully focused you and their newborn. This also allows for the spouse to be a part of the photographs and memories. Birth photographer’s are well versed in capturing every detail in a beautiful and artistic way for you, and your spouse, to be able to look back on and relive the day your little one arrived in every aspect. Not having to snap photos of the birth also opens your spouse up to being able to bond with your newborn upon arrival. The photographer will be able to capture your spouse’s first reaction, which is normally missed, to add to the story of your newborn’s birth-day.
Benefits of hiring a birth photographer:
- Validates the mother’s strength, beauty and power
- Showing the child the day they were born
- Birthday slideshows
- Reconnecting with the spouse by seeing how helpful and loving they were during labor and birth
- Sharing the child’s birth story with family and friends
- Help with postpartum depression by showing the mother how capable and strong she is
Birth Photography Guide
When to Contact?
My goal is to photograph active labor through the birth of your child, as well as, those specials moments that follow. In order for me to arrive and capture those moments I need as much notice as possible.
At your first signs of impending labor, please contact me. Shoot me a message, text, or a call to keep me updated on how things are progressing. I much prefer to be notified too early, even if labor maybe prodomal, versus too late. The more notice I have, the quicker I can arrive.
Once you are in active labor (5+ centimeters, contractions have intensified and are 3-4 minutes apart for around an hour, or feeling pressure), please have your support person contact me and I will head to your home, birth center, or hospital. Please allow me an hour to an hour and half to arrive to your place of birth.
What to wear?
Of course this is not of incredible importance, but I like to mention this to clients. When laboring, body temperatures can rise, mothers may choose to labor and give birth in water, etc. This being said, mothers tend to strip down to nothing. This is absolutely a personal preference, and ultimately you being comfortable is most important, but wearing a sports bra, bathing suit top, etc will allow for your images to be a bit more “family friendly” and “shareable”. I know that some may not care, as I do not, but in case you are a bit more reserved and want images to share with friends and family, this may be something to consider.
Laboring is primal. In most cases, mothers tend to labor and give birth in a dark quiet room. My equipment is made to photograph in low light situations, but in order to capture the moments leading up to the birth of your little one during the birth and after, a small amount of light will be needed. I do have a flash that I tend to use (bounced off ceilings and walls, not flashed into anyones eyes) and is barely noticeable, but this is up to you. Even with the flash being used, I will still need a little light to find focus.
In a situation where complete darkness is preferred, I will politely switch on a hall light, bathroom light, closet light or lamp to take a photo or two, turn back off and allow some peace and privacy for a bit.
Lastly, I am sure you are curious as to when you will receive your final images.
I try to edit 1-3, low resolution images, within 24 hours for you to use as an announcement.
The rest of your edited images (+ film, if part of your package) will take 3-4 weeks at most. Sometimes I will deliver sooner, but please allow at least 4 weeks for your gallery. I take special care editing each image, as I want them to perfectly tell your birth story in complete.
Click here to see my photography and film gallery!
Details of our services and a letter of agreement are linked below for you to review. Feel free to call, email, or text us if you have any further questions about our service packages or agreement.
We take no more than two doula/photography clients each month. After today’s meeting, We will reserve a space for you on our calendar for seven days. Should you choose to hire us, please call or email us within this period to let us know of your decision, we will then email you an electronic contract for you to sign, as well as, your invoice. After seven days, if we have not received your response, we will release the space being held for other potential clients.
Also, as an added bonus, here is a list of local resources to help you through all of your pregnancy and postpartum needs!