can't remember if we've already discussed this, so sorry if i'm being redundant. but is anyone considering hiring a photographer to be at the birth? there is a really good chance this could be my last pregnancy/birth, and i know i would treasure the photos forever. i've been looking at birth photography slideshows online and getting all teary-eyed thinking about what an amazing experience it will be. i feel like i have emotional memories of how i "felt" at different moments during DS1's birth, but i don't have any clear visual memories or images in my mind...like how he looked the first time i saw him, etc. it's all kind of a blur. DH took a few photos but not until about 30-45 minutes after delivery (which was appropriate since we were both just focused on staring and snuggling with our new little one up to that point).
but my hesitations about hiring someone are: 1. i don't know if i would feel comfortable having someone i hardly know in the room...i'm a pretty private person. 2. i don't know if i want to pay for it since photographers are expensive here, and i might rather save my money for a newborn photo shoot at home when she is a few days old, and 3. it might be stressful trying to figure out when to call the photographer and tell her to come to the hospital...what if we don't get there til the last second or what if we think we're close to delivering and then things stall out for whatever reason?
i wish i had a close friend or family member who was good at photography and would want to document the birth for us, but i just don't. DH's mom is flying in before my due date to hopefully be here when baby arrives, but she will be staying home to take care of DS1, so it will just be DH and me in the room. any thoughts?