Documenting Your Hospital Birth During COVID-19 Restrictions

COVID-19 has caused a bit of trouble for birthing families everywhere. In most hospitals birthing families are limited to only their spouse or one designated person to go into the hospital with them. This has caused birth photographers and videographers to be left on the outside of documenting births and this is how we are handling it at Snap Life Photography.

I know birth is a life changing event filled with incredible moments to never forget. It is not ideal to have your only support person using their extra hands to document the process, but the virus has left limited options for families to capture these moments. I want to help you get the best outcome for the process.

To view a birth story with these methods used during the covid pandemic, please click here.

This is an extremely limited service as I only have one of gear to lend out. These services also require more editing than usual since I am not present for the story and have to review the footage more extensivly, as well as more extensive editing since cameras are only so good at guessing what is happening in the shot. This option is only avalible until birth documenters are allowed back into the hosptial (additional visitor other than partner).


Safety measures taken during closer contact with the photographer: Photographer will be wearing a mask when more physcially present with you, as well as maintaing 6ft distance from you and your family. The photographer will not touch you or things in your home (you will be asked to open doors etc. so that I only have to touch my camera and gear limiting any exposure to you). The photographer is also only leaving her home for grocery shopping and essentail errands while maintaing social distancing practices during this. All gear is sanitized before given to each new family.

Welcoming Carly Earthside: A Birth Story During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I went on call for this little one’s birth at the start of March. The spread of COVID-19 was worsening every day, so I began regularly checking my temperature while proactively self-isolating to protect myself and my clients. Jodi and I worked together on a plan to ensure we could still document Carly’s birth. Things were changing daily in the week leading up to Carly’s estimated due date.

We faced several hospital policy changes and uncertainty around whether I could even be present when this family welcomed their second baby. Even the day of her birth, we thought I would make it, but things changed again. As Jodi said, “It wouldn’t be Carly’s birth story if there wasn’t change.” Thankfully Jodi’s mom was able to join them, take over some of the documenting, and ended up doing an amazing job!

We decided that I would go with them into the hospital and follow them as far as I was allowed. At that point, they would use my backup camera (set on easy settings for photos), and also take video clips of the birth with their iPhones. I would then combine and edit all the footage to tell their story. I’m so thankful that Jodi and Ryan were flexible in working through these unique challenges to document such a special day. The hassles certainy paid off, and it was a treat to see their unique perspective on the day of her birth. I also got to document going into the hospital with them as well as taking her home for her big introduction to big brother. I hope you enjoy this unique birth story!