You Can Now Watch a Birth Happen in Real Time . . . on Instagram
You live tweet the latest episodes of your favorite TV shows and you follow breaking news stories as they're happening on Facebook, but would you ever post photos of the birth of your child in real time?
One photographer is creating a business around just that. Cate DePrisco, a wedding-turned-birth photographer based in Kansas City, has begun documenting and sharing photos of her clients' labor and delivery live, as it's all unfolding, on Instagram. It's called #InstaBirthStory.
The concept might seem invasive — why would you want the most intimate moment of your life on display, sans Photoshop? Because "it's the most beautiful, thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience there is," DePrisco told us. And, looking at the births she's documented on Instagram so far, she's absolutely right.
Not only have followers — unconnected to the women giving birth — commented that they love being able to, as one posted, "watch in suspense," it's also proven to be an amazing form of communication for the friends and family of the parents-to-be. An expectant grandparent can get updates without having to wait for the phone to ring. Anxious siblings can see snippets without ever sending a stream of "how's it going" text messages. And loved ones around the globe can feel closer to the experience than people in the hospital waiting room.
That's not to say we didn't have questions: How does she know what to post when? Do the expectant moms get veto power on her Instagrams? Is anything off limits?
We talked to DePrisco about this brand-new form of live birth photography. Read on to see what she has to say — all while scrolling through photos from our favorite InstaBirthStory so far. It's the as-it-happened account of baby Britton's birth, complete with DePrisco's real-time captions, from just a few weeks ago . . .