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Q&A: Should I Videotape the Delivery?

Q. Should I videotape my baby's delivery?

A. Video cameras tend to get in the way in the delivery room. In order to get a decent view, the cameraperson has to move intrusively from here to there and back again, which can be annoying for doctors, nurses, and midwives. If your partner is running the camera, he may focus so much on getting a good shot that he won't be able to give you the support you need. Plus he may end up watching his child's birth through the viewfinder of his video camera rather than seeing it with his own eyes. Pack a still camera and have your partner take occasional snapshots if you really want to preserve your delivery for posterity.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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