The Possible Impact of COVID-19 on the Birth Photography Industry
The impact of the COVID-19 virus spreading worldwide is difficult to measure. This is why taking precautionary steps is a vital part of protecting ourselves, our clients, our families and our businesses.
Through a variety of feedback and news resources, we are learning the different ways this virus is impacting birth photographers specifically. Many hospitals and birth centers are enforcing restrictions on the number of support persons allowed in a labor and delivery room, the operation room, the theatre, and even on recovery units. In most cases, doulas and birth photographers are not being counted as a part of the birthing team and therefore are not being allowed to fulfill their professional duties.
The World Health Organization recommended that, “the parturient woman should be accompanied by people with whom she feels safe and trust; possibly doula, midwife, her husband or a friend.” We know that this is a time of uncertainty and statistics and data regarding birth support may not be enough to enforce any changes at this time. We want to keep our priorities in order by supporting our clients the best way we know how while also responsibly taking care of ourselves and our communities.
The best thing we can do is be as prepared as possible and follow the guidelines of the CDC, WHO and hospital and birth center personnel as much as possible. We are in agreement that the top priority is the health and safety of our communities. However, we also feel it is our responsibility as an association to take this opportunity to stand for our industry and our clients who believe our presence to be a crucial element of both their birth team and their mental health.