The moment of birth is a glorious occasion, albeit a bit bloody. Many parents like to capture this special moment on videotape. Some like snapping photos of the hospital room – mom lying in the hospital bed, all huge and exhausted, and dad by her side. Whether it’s photographs or videos of the “big day,” virtually all parents want a record of their baby’s arrival in the world. Is this a right or a privilege?
A recent New York Times article about cameras in the delivery room, and the rules against them has stirred a lot of controversy and talk in the parenting community.
Some parents might argue it’s their right to take pictures and video during birth, but more hospitals are limiting cameras and video cameras during delivery. For the hospitals involved, it’s not about the “rights” of the parents, but rather about the health and safety of the mom and baby, and of course, protecting the privacy of the medical staff. Not all doctors and nurses want the world to see them on YouTube or Facebook. [continue reading…]