Community outraged after Australian hospital bans birth photographers from delivery rooms

Dec 23, 2018

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Community outraged after Australian hospital bans birth photographers from delivery rooms

Dec 23, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital in Australia has recently caused an outrage among birth photographers. This week, the hospital has formalized its decision that no professional photographers can be present during the process of birth. The decision was met with great disapproval and even led to an online petition to change the hospital’s policy.

The hospital spokesperson told Yahoo News that professional photographers had never been allowed to be present while the baby is being delivered. Before and after the birth yes, but not during the delicate process of birth itself. They explained that complications are rare, but they can arise very quickly. This is why the medical team needs to be able to react promptly and without any distractions.

“While we make every effort to make our birthing suites as warm and homely as possible, they are clinical procedural areas. They are still highly technical areas with a range of emergency equipment on hand, so having additional people with additional equipment can potentially get in the way of the work our clinicians need to do.”

As I mentioned earlier, this decision has caused an outrage among some members of the community. A woman named Michelle Palasia decided to create an online petition to try and reverse it. At the time of writing this, the petition has collected nearly 15,000 signatures.

Palasia writes that birth photography “pieces together moments that are forgotten. Moments that are hazy. Moments that don’t make sense.” She adds that the ban will “strip families of this powerful tool and leave them with an incomplete story” and calls the decision “reprehensible.”

“This is not just a policy targeted at birth photographers. NO photography of your baby entering the world will be permitted…not by your partner, not by your Doula, not by anyone in your birth team!”

In the petition, Palasia doesn’t mention fathers. This could be omitted on purpose, because the hospital’s spokesperson confirmed that fathers are allowed in the delivery room. Not only that, but they are welcome to take as many photos as they like while their child is entering this world.

Yahoo News cites social commentator Jane Caro, who backed the hospital’s stance:

“I think if the hospital thinks it gets in the way of a healthy birth, then it should be banned. The point of giving birth is a healthy mother and healthy baby.”

I chose to cite Caro as well because I couldn’t agree more. Aside the fact that birth photography is just “too much” for me. As a woman, I’d never want a photographer to capture me during childbirth, and I would found it extremely discomforting. But that’s just me. Discomfort aside, I would definitely want the safest possible conditions for the childbirth and as few distractions as possible for the medical team. So, personally, I support this decision. What do you think?

[via FStoppers, Yahoo News Australia]

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19 responses to “Community outraged after Australian hospital bans birth photographers from delivery rooms”

  1. Jacquie Akroyd Avatar
    Jacquie Akroyd

    What sort of strange woman would want to be photographed giving birth? They will want death photography of their parents too next!

    1. Alexandre Ayoubi Avatar
      Alexandre Ayoubi

      Jacquie Akroyd that is not next that is passed.. Search Victorian era dead people pictures..

    2. Jacquie Akroyd Avatar
      Jacquie Akroyd

      Alexandre Ayoubi I know about post mortem Victorian pictures they are vile! I own a picture of my Great Great Great Grandmother propped up dead with her hand on a Bible! I mean they’ll be recording people die with their eyes popping and their tongues hanging out. Why must people feel the need to record everything now. They take photographs of just about everything they eat too.

    3. Gayle Bevan Avatar
      Gayle Bevan

      Jacquie Akroyd why not though? Surely it’s personal preference. This article was about photographing births though, not deaths.

    4. Jacquie Akroyd Avatar
      Jacquie Akroyd

      Each to their own as it’s true there’s no accounting for taste, I would not have wanted to do this or see pictures of myself being born. Care to see Granny’s privates anyone?

  2. Tiffany Felan Avatar
    Tiffany Felan

    There are many women that have photographers photograph them giving birth.

  3. David Lorenzo Avatar
    David Lorenzo

    Death photographs are real. Been around since photography was invented. Jacquie Akroyd

  4. Moses Rodriguez Avatar
    Moses Rodriguez

    They must of had a previous photographer move a bench or light in order “to get the shot”…..

  5. Philip La Lumiere Avatar
    Philip La Lumiere

    Isn’t the child kinda you know…. enough of a momento?

    1. ForSquirel Avatar
      ForSquirel

      But what about all the social media timelines?

  6. Eva Duve Creel Avatar
    Eva Duve Creel

    I’ve been asked to leave during a birth, it’s the doctor’s call. Then I was allowed back in for the weighing and measuring. It’s their office not mine and I respect the discussion. Plus this hospital is not the only one in the area, if it’s that important to have a birth photographer present during birth there’s other options.

  7. Gayle Bevan Avatar
    Gayle Bevan

    It’s the most beautiful thing to be part of. Of course photographers shouldn’t be banned. If it’s safe and the birth is going well, why not have it recorded like any other life event?
    If something should go wrong, I would exit the room.

    1. Gayle Bevan Avatar
      Gayle Bevan

      Liese Vermont ?

  8. Jeff Hayward Avatar
    Jeff Hayward

    if the parents want them there, what’s the big deal?

  9. Joe De Diego Avatar
    Joe De Diego

    The same doc might do ten deliverys a day and get tired on them being in the way and wasting their time. The one I’m getting tired of seeing is people now do fake trips to the park and have a pro follow them around taking video of the parents pretending to play with the kids, every shot is staged.

  10. Britt Thomas Avatar
    Britt Thomas

    Most hospitals have a limit on the amount of people allowed in the room. If the couple is within the limit, set stipulations instead of bans such as not allowing tripods or light stands to be set up, no flash photography during actual birth, and no touching lights and instruments. Don’t need to ban birth photographers completely.

  11. Matt MacDonell Avatar
    Matt MacDonell

    There’s always a story behind the rule… I’d like to know what event lead the hospital to feel they had to make and enforce this rule.

    It could be the case of one person ruining it for the rest of us.

  12. kimages Avatar
    kimages

    as a trained and experienced Medical Photographer, I say leave the decision to the charge nurse. We can do great images until the birthing process, and stay in scrubs just outside the door to step in and capture first contact. Adapt to your circumstances, fellow Photogs in the Down Under!
    I wonder what incidents of conflict in the DR happened to cause this total ban?

  13. Renlish Avatar
    Renlish

    If a woman wants a lens up her clacker while she’s giving birth, who am I to stop her?