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Who is going to have a video camera going? I am really not interested in a video, I prefer still photography, but MIL is buying us a camera and wants us to tape the birth. That will mean one more person I will have to have present. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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I plan to videotape LO birth as well as photographs. I wish I had videotaped DS birth but didn't have a camcorder then. I plan on just setting it up on a tripod and let catch what it can. If DH has the time he can zoom in or out, whatever, it doesn’t have to be perfect. I don't have a huge support group, so getting a person to do the videoing is near impossible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Eww.. That makes me think DH has to take the pics, not his expertise. Well, let us just hope that I am not to "needy" of him when the time comes.
 

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We're planning to do both video and photos. I'd like to do something a little different with our birth announcements and make DVD's for everyone. My entire family lives out west, over 2000 miles away so they won't be here to witness it for themselves and it's likely they won't be paying me a visit any time soon either. I thought this would be a nice way to share with them. I'm either going to set up the camera on a tripod at an angle where it won't be too "graphic" or edit and sensor for certain people.
 

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I have video from 3 of my 4 births. The first one my step mom filmed and kept it from showing anything graphic. Baby #2 DH set the camera up on a tripod and we caught everything. DD3 we didn't have a camera and DS again we filmed a graphic version. We are planning to do it again.
 

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to the OP-- my MIL did the same thing! we got a camcorder for christmas, and she wants use to record the birth... dh and i both are like "um.... no" she said its something we want to be able to remember... i told her i dont think its something i'll soon forget! lol.<br><br>
I say more power to those who can handle having it videotaped, i just cant, and hate that she keeps trying to get me to do it!
 

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no video here. No way no how!
 

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I'm nervous enough about L and D with out adding a video camera. This is our first though, so we'll see how I feel in the future.
 

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Well, it is not that I have an issue with the birth being videotaped, it is just not important to me. I love still photography because you can "see" so much more, expressions on people's faces, everything that is happening, etc. My dear friend is a professional photographer and she is doing our birth pictures, so I know she will capture everything (she also did our wedding) that I will then be able to turn into a beautiful birth slideshow. I like the tripod idea and that may be how we get around this. I just do not want that many people in the room and I don't want any of the people there to have to watch through a video camera. I appreciate all the feedback Mommas!!!
 

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I'm video taping. My husband will be in charge of the camera (my doula will be taking stills) but it'll probably end up on a table or a tripod a lot of the time so that he can be helping me.
 

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When I had my last one the dr recommended using a tripod & having it set up ready to go. The rooms here are big enough that nobody would trip over it, however you don't really have control & all you may get is someone's back the entire time.<br><br>
When I was doing doula work, I did stills of a couple births. I did them in black & white, they are not as graphic that way & have that timeless look that b/w does. The dr still took the time to wipe away any blood.lol
 
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