FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How far in advance should we book? How many clients do you take on?
We take on 4-6 birth story clients a month. To ensure our presence at your birth it is best to reserve your date as soon as possible usually around the 20th week of pregnancy. Maternity, Bonding and Fresh and New Famiy sessions should be scheduled around this time. However, please check in because we may have room for you!! Ideally family, and day in the life sessions should be booked 4-6 weeks in advance to allow enough time to plan.
How do we secure our due date?
During your initial inquiry we can briefly chat about your needs, hopes for your birth and pricing. We would then set a date to meet and get to know each other a bit either before or right after you decide to book your birth story. An initial payment of $450 is required to reserve your Estimated Due Date.
Will We meet before the birth?
A prenatal meeting around 36 weeks of your pregnancy will help us go over a last minute planning and the 'day of' checklist. It is best that your partner comes with you to this meeting. We will then be on call starting at 38 weeks. The day of the birth we would need to be notified as soon as you think you are in labor so that I can clear any obligations. we will arrive around active labor and stay for about 2 hours after the baby is born to document the bonding time.
Do you have a back-up? What if you can't make it?
Yes! Maggie and Jill make a perfect team. Both Maggie and Jill both come to the prenatal meeting and in the event of an emergency or overlapping births work together seamless to ensure you have an amazing experience. Depending on the situation the back up photographer might come for a couple hours or be with you the entire birth. We can chat more about back-up photographers at our initial meeting.
Do I need to talk to my doctor to see if he/she will allow a birth photographer?
YES! It is your responsibility to make sure your doctor and hospital will allow photography during your labor and delivery. If you are having a homebirth with a local midwife, Gentle Birth Care, Maitri Midwifery or New LIfe Midwifery we can assure you that birth photography will be welcome.
Most hospitals are very welcoming and we and we always make sure to respect the space and importance of your health care provider.
We recommend and have great relationships withwith providers at many Chicago and Suburb Hospitals (West Suburban Medical Center, Prentice, U of C, Evanston Hospital, Hinsdale, LIttle Company of Mary, Swedish Covenant, Good Samaritan, Condell....) Some require that no photos be taken during the “birth”. Some hospitals have a limit on the number of support people that can be in the room. if you are scheduled for a C-Cection you will probably only be allowed 1 support person during the surgery but please talk to your doctor in advance to see if an exception can be made for 1 support person AND your photographer. It might not happen, but ask! If we am not allowed in the OR, we will stay close by photograph your partner and baby being brought out and meeting family and if allowed we will follow your baby to capture all of those firsts while you are in recovery, depending you the birth package we may be able to come back the next day to document your new family together. .
What if I go into labor at 2am..will you be there?
Yes! we will! This is why we are on call and committed to being at your Birth. Once you are in labor we will clear any obligations and join you around the time your labor becomes active. We will stay in communication during early labor so that we can asses the best time for me to come
Will you post my photos online?
That's up to you!
Usually we like to post a handful of photos on social media for a sneak peak or use them on our website. These photos would never contain nudity or be graphic in any way, unless you want to share your experience to inspire other mamas. If you do not wish for any of your photos to be shared we will always respect your privacy.
How long will you be at my birth?
We will be at your birth staring in active labor (sometime around 7-8 cm) to 2-3 hours after baby is born. Since each birth is different we can discuss this more when we initially meet.
We also offer fresh family and newborn sessions, which are designed to capture the authentic bonding moments of your new family in greater detail. You might want to consider adding one of these sessions to your birth package.