MNUplander wrote in post #15014407
Being a new dad twice in a little over a years time, I would have to say I have a differing opinion on this. If there is not a life threatening issue with the baby or momma I can honestly say my first concern is not whether or not the staff is annoyed by a flash. You guys might deliver babies every day but I will only be in that position a couple times in my life and Ill be taking pictures.
Sensibly bounced flashes have never disrupted my kids and if I waited for staff to leave to take pictures, I'd never get a picture taken. There is always one nurse or another coming in to check mom, baby or a machine at all hours of the day and night.
But, advice for the OP - don't get too hung up on bringing specialized gear. Enjoy the moment - our second baby was delivered within moments of getting to the hospital and Id have missed the entire delivery if I went out to get my camera from the trunk. It's good to have pictures, but remember to enjoy the moment.
it was probably wrong for me to say something where your expertise of two deliveries in approx 1 year;s time is so impressive
- but allow me to interject something -
the OP mentioned that he had a scheduled c-section. before you encourage him not worry about the staff and their jobs that they are doing both for his wife and his new addition, did you ever think to yourself - WHY the person is undergoing a csection in the first place? Maybe your experience can be different than the OPs? Are there any medical considerations in play? Is under full or regional anesthesia? are there expected problems?
Your blanket caveat that "...unless the mother's or infant's life are in danger...", is hardly appropriate. There are cases where things can develop especially in the OR. So, please, encourage him in your own experiences, and your impression of the size of the OR or delivery room you went to; but encouraging him to not care about the distractions that things can cause is problematic, to say the least. You may not have experienced any labor surprises (and I am thankful that not), do not assume that everything is that way...and yes..annoying the staff when they are still worrying about the health of an intraoperative patient is not the smartest thing to do.
"Common sense" is such a misnomer.
The only thing I agree with is your last paragraph. BTW - most staff want you to take pictures and enjoy the moment... just understand that we have a very different job...and one mistake can cost dearly.
Charlie wrote in post #15014615
babies cant even see much, flash as you please, most shots will be posed anyhow. no camera when the csection in progress.
babies can see quite well. What you might be alluding to is that in the first couple of months they are very near sighted and have very little control of the movements of the eyes - as evidenced by tracking and convergence. But the sight neural pathways as well as the development of the sight center in the brain are quite functional. I would just be wary of the flash in the first hours of life - how would you like to have your picture taken after being in complete darkness and quiet and then emerging into the bustling OR quite vioelntly with bright lights and a periodic extra burst of light.... not a recommendation against - just a recommendation to consider the one who cannot speak for him/herself
and most of my parents are quite happy when they leave and have pictures to treasure.