Capturing birth stories live on Instagram
Birth photographer posts photos of her client's births in real time on Instagram.

By: Zayaan Schroeder Mollagee

When you get the call that a friend or family member has gone into labour, you're often just waiting and wondering what is happening. Is everything okay? How are things progressing. You don't want to bother the dad all the time because he's busy being there for his wife and not attached to his phone the entire time.

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Enter birth photographer Cate DePrisco. She updates her Instagram with real-time images of the births she is photographing. It all came about by accident when she was photographing a 54-hour-labour according to Buzzfeed LifeShe told them that because there was quite a lot of down time she would snap a picture and post it to her personal Instagram account and it just grew from there. Now she runs the instabirthstory account where she tell a couple's birth story in real time. 

As soon as a birth is about to take place she posts an image letting all her followers know that she will be posting a birth story in real-time so you can follow along.

She then ends the whole thing off with another image giving the baby's name and birth stats. It's also useful for people who come along after the whole thing is done to see where the story starts and ends.

She explains to BuzzFeed Life that she doesn't charge extra for the service because she knows it's not for everyone and not everyone would be into it. But I think it's a really nice way to keep friends and especially anxious grandmothers in the loop.

I think it's such a great use of Instagram, aside from the usual "Look what I had for lunch!", "Look at these cool slippers I got!" "Look how cute my child is!" (I've done all of this by the way). 

For more incredible live birth stories follow instabirthstory on Instagram.

Would you consider having your birth live photographed on Instagram?

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