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The Honest Confessions of a NICU Mum on… Co- sleeping

The Honest Confessions of a NICU Mum on… Co- sleeping

 

Don’t let baby sleep in your bed.

Put them down awake.

Get rid of the dummy.

Put socks on him.

Dream feed them.

Have you tried a banana before bed?

Order a white noise machine, Gro clock and black out blinds.

Type in ‘how to get a baby to sleep through the night’,  and you will be met with so much conflicting and sometimes very odd advice.

Elijah our first child was always a pretty good sleeper, from around six weeks he slept 7-7 and after about a year he did so in his own room. Other than the odd early wake up, or a bout of illness and even getting rid of the dummy we have always had it pretty good with him.

We co slept for a while, it just happened naturally, if he woke up early he would come in with us and we would sleep until a reasonable hour.

I remember being told that this was the worst possibly thing to do, we would ‘create a rod for our own backs’, he wouldn’t never sleep in his own room and wouldn’t be able to settle himself etc.

I liked him being close to me, it meant I could keep an eye on him, and as he got bigger I liked when he snuck in our bed.

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Bed hopping

I do vaguely remember there was a time where the three of us would bed hop, between his room, our room and the sofa but do you know what, we still slept.

I got told by someone that if it isn’t a problem for you, then there is no problem and I hand on my heart believe this. We all slept and no it wasn’t the most convenient thing in the world but it kind of worked.

Then came his brother who didn’t quite follow in his brothers footsteps, so much so even now at sixteen months still doesn’t sleep very well.

We thought we had learnt a lot from having Elijah, and we were quite open to co sleeping again if it meant that we all slept but we were not prepared when it came to our little sleep thief.

I even in a sleep deprived  state ordered a Ewan the Sheep in hope it would work, it did not.

Take last night, he went to bed in his room, woke up but settled again around five times but as we were approaching the wee hours he came in with us and slept until 7am, and allowed his brother a lay in until 7.30am!

The need for sleep

Some may have an issue about co sleeping and it obviously can be very dangerous in certain situations and I am not necessarily an advocate for it, I am however very much for getting sleep.

I don’t have any worries that by co sleeping that I will have one of them in the bed until they are teenagers.

I think in the first couple of years you are in survival mode and you do what you can to get the illustrious bout of sleep that you think about  all day long.

There will be a time where they wont be waking up. Clambering into your bed, kicking you for hours through the night or my personal favourite using your head as a pillow.

It is and when your child doesn’t sleep, and you really do get quite desperate trying everything and anything.

It can be even harder when you know others their age who do sleep, and it can feel as though you are the one doing something wrong.

Once you have had a baby you are in such a rush for them to sleep through the night as we believe that this is an indication of their ability in a way.

Truth be told, I don’t think much helps, they will sleep when and where they want to. A little further down the road something will click and you will be waking up with a toddler heavy breathing in your face demanding that it is time for breakfast and C Beebies.

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Three or four in a bed

Strangely, you will begin to miss those times where you woke up with no duvet and neck ache, snuggled up with someone whose nappy is feeling and smelling way too full.

Or when you, your partner, your child and every single one of their teddies has to come in and you find yourself balanced on the edge of the bed not daring to move in case you fall out!

Let go of the pressure, the guilt if you are reading this after a semi successful night where your baby/toddler/ pre-schooler/ cat and you did share a bed then don’t sweat it.

Once again, if it isn’t a problem for you, it isn’t a problem, try not to compare yourselves.

Different things work for different people, and that’s okay, however if one of them does still sleep with us when he is in his twenties then I may come back to revisit this!

Vicki Cockerill is a Freelance Content Writer and NICU/CHD Mum to two boys, she authors The Honest Confessions Of A NICU Mum Blog, founded and runs The NICU Parent Partnership Organisation and co-hosts @KnackeredandNorwich Social Club.. You can contact her via her blog or social media;

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Ten common misconceptions about Birth Photography - Guest blog

Ten common misconceptions about Birth Photography - Guest blog Jennifer Sarah Birth Photography.  Birth Photography? What’s that? Have you heard of it? As a specialist birth photographer, when I tell people what I do, it seems to be a very marmite subject that people either get really excited about or are really not sure about!

I was really excited when Jess asked me to pen a blog to clear up some common misconceptions around birth photography.

 

Here are some of the most frequent things I hear from people when I tell them about what I do:

 

  1. It's the same as Newborn Photography.

 

This is a surprisingly common misconception as newborn photography is so well known, but many people are yet to hear of birth photography. Like Jess, I trained in newborn photography many years ago with one of the industry leaders in safe posing and handling of babies, and it was part of my portfolio when I started my business. It was around this time Jess and I became friends, however over the years our work has ended up taking different paths! Jess has fine-tuned her specialist skills in creating beautiful studio portraits, establishing herself as one of the regions top Newborn Photographers, which is why I refer enquiries looking for this photography straight to her! I instead have been drawn towards documentary photography; and combining this love of natural light and real life-changing moments, with my passion for calm and educated births from teaching my NormalBirthing Hypnobirthing classes, has lead me to now be Norfolk’s specialist birth photographer.

The clue is in the title as to have the two types differ though, Newborn Photgraphy is when your little one is newly-born in the first few days of life, birth photography is the story of their actual birth into the world.

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2. But, I look ugly in labour!

 

No you don’t. You really, really don’t! You’re beautiful in labour. All women are as they find their inner strength to birth their babies. Even when the mascara is smeared down your cheeks and your hair is sweaty and tangled - I promise you - you are beautiful. I am yet to photograph a labouring mother who says she feels ugly in her images, instead she finds them stunning, empowering and emotional.

My favourite quote comes from the world renowned birthing guru, Ina May-Gaskin; “If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess during labour, someone isn’t treating her right.”

 

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3. It’s gory and graphic.

 

When I tell people what I do the most common response is a screwed up face grimace - “Ooh that’s a bit gory isn’t it?!” But it’s really not! The actual birth of your baby is actually just a small part of the whole story that’s captured. And actually birth itself is often far less messy than people think!

Jess doesn’t bat an eyelid if your newborn enjoys some nappy free time on her blankets, and I don’t bat an eyelid at the inevitable bit of blood during a birth. But it’s often really not like a lot of media would have you believe! I have worked in birth for 5 years now, and I myself have done it twice. I’m quite used to seeing all manners of bodily fluids and functions - that doesn’t mean I photograph it all though!

 

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4. It’s all picture’s of ‘down there’.

 

Trust me, that’s not where I tend to point my camera! Your privacy and decency is of upmost importance to me. That said I do have some mums who want me to get the crowning moments as their baby is born, because it’s a viewpoint as a mother which is very hard to see! But, as above, the birth is much more than what’s happening ‘down there’. It’s the look on Dad’s face as baby is born, it’s the forgotten back rubs, jokes in-between surges (contractions), your baby’s first expressions, and the little details and moments that make the day so special.

 

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5. It's only for ‘hippies’.

 

Far from it! Like hypnobirthing this is something parents from all walks of life want and is increasingly seen in the mainstream media.  I do find though that the type of parents who come to me to capture the day their baby is born are usually those who have spent some time planning and preparing for The Big Day. Often, but not always, it’s booked by those who have explored their birth options and are planning homebirths. They may have attended my classes or another in the area, and have looked beyond the NHS’s antenatal offerings and usual birth plans and pathways.

 

Like wedding photography, this is the story of your family’s day. From the preparations before birth to the celebrations after, more and more people are investing in their birth experiences to be the best they can possibly be, and want that special day remembered forever.

 

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6. It's scheduled like any other photography session.

 

When I book a birth, I book out the whole month. Booking an Estimated Due Date in the diary sadly just isn’t the way it works. Babies keep to their own schedule for their birth, and we have no real way of knowing exactly when that might be! I go on call at 37 weeks, and remain on call until your baby is born. Just like you, I wake up every day thinking ‘is today the day?’ I recently blogged about life on-call over on my website, and I think it’s important to remember that I become just as invested in your birth as you are.

 

And on-call really does mean on call. I will come out wherever and whenever your baby is being born. Middle of the night, or the other side of the county, I cancel all plans and forgo all sleep to be by your side as you birth your baby.

 

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 7. It's intrusive.

 

As mentioned above, I promise you it isn’t. I spend time before birth chatting to parents about images they do or don’t want, both to be captured or included in their private or public galleries.  As a birth professional I am also aware the effects of being observed can have on a mother in labour, and so I make myself as accessible, and yet invisible as possible. I offer a fly-on-the-wall perspective, and for that I must keep myself out of the way. That being said I’ll also be on hand to make cups of tea or lend a hand tidying up where needed, after all I am another pair of useful hands!

But the biggest compliment I am so fortunate to often receive is “I didn’t even know you were there!” If I hear that I know I’ve done my job well.

 

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8. It’s pricey.

 

As with all professional photography, it is a luxury. And when hiring a photographer you are paying for many things beyond the time they spend clicking a shutter. You’re paying for the years of training, things like professional equipment and insurance, and for a specialist birth photographer like myself, years of birth experience.

 

More and more people are valuing the documenting of these life changing events through beautiful photography, and just like with wedding photography, are seeking out photographers who’s work they admire and want to invest in to capture their day. You may be surprised to hear many people spend more on their pushchairs than they spend on their antenatal classes and birth photography!

 

Often it is cheaper than you think, and my birth packages actually start cheaper than my basic wedding photography package. And yet unlike weddings, I have no idea when I will be called to work, or how long I’ll then be there for! Like many photographers I have different offerings for different budgets, and can also accommodate payment plans. I even offer gift vouchers for alternative baby shower gift ideas!

 

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9. My partner can just take photos on his phone.

 

You know what. He can! For my births that’s exactly what my babies’ Dad did. But… the one photo I had from my eldest’s birth got lost in phone upgrades. We forgot to take my camera out of the car. I can still picture the image of me cradling my son, but I can’t ever see it, and I am really sad about this.  For my youngest son’s birth he did pick up my camera briefly and managed a slightly blurry snap of me and my son in the pool. It’s the only picture I have of that time and I cherish it as one of my most treasured possessions.  So although I am a photographer, I have one photo from both my births. So often I hear Mums say that they wish they had more photos from that time. Dads are caught up in the moment, and (rightly so) aren’t thinking about photos!

 

The truth is, even if your partner is a world famous photographer, Dad should be with you, by your side supporting you, welcoming your new baby into your family. You’ll see most images in this post include Dads - it’s his special day too. These wouldn’t be possible if he was watching the events through his camera screen!

 

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10. Any photographer can take pictures for me.

 

Again, this is in some ways true. Having someone at your birth who is there just to document the day will always give you more memories to look back on than not having such a designated person. But there are two things that are so important when choosing who to have with you; someone who can work confidently in ever changing situations (importantly light and environments), and someone who has a complete and thorough understanding of the birth process.

 

I am so passionate about both of these - the latter in particular. I have spent many years perfecting my art, working in ever changing natural light, knowing my equipment inside and out, and working intuitively when these things change to always capture the best images. Any professional photographer will have been perfecting these skills over their lifetime. And as professionals we find our area of expertise usually lie in certain areas. For me this is documentary photography, where my environment is uncontrolled and my subjects completely un-staged, it’s so different from my previous studio work. I just love the completely unpredictable nature of it!

This is taken even further when working in a birth environment. There are so many factors to consider I can’t begin to list them all here! Being in a birth room is such a roller coaster of emotions and logistical changes; your photographer has to be ready at a moment’s notice to change plans or position, and it’s imperative they have a full understanding of what impact their work might have on you or your care team.  All while maintaining professionalism and a calm composure.
Having been teaching hypnobirthing for 5 years now - and now embarking on my Doula training - I am a full blown birth geek! I fully understand how small words and actions can have huge impact both positively and negatively, and this is something I work hard with my couples to understand, and use in my birth work when alongside mums.

 

I cannot stress the importance to you to find someone you feel 100% comfortable around, and who you can 100% trust to be there when you need them, offer you support, and not disrupt your labour and birth. I am registered with both the UK Professional Birth Photographers and the International Association of Birth Photographers, both of whom have minimum requirements for their many registered photographers to ensure those on their listing are professional and experienced.

 

I love what I do. As corny as it sounds, this isn’t a job, it’s a calling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you may be able to tell, I’m really passionate about what I do, and I love to chat about it. So if you’d like to know more please feel free to email me at jen@jennifersarah.co.uk , find me on Instagram or facebook, or pop along to the Baby Shows at the Showground, Sportspark, and Open Norwich over the next few months to meet me in person and see more of my work. I’d love to hear all about your birth plans!

You can read my other guest blogs here, thanks Jennifer for taking the time to write this blog, did this help change your misconceptions if so comment below we'd love to know!

 

 


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 Jess Wilkins Photography:  Inside my newborn baby studio

 Jess Wilkins Photography:  Inside my newborn baby studio

 

Over the past five years, I’ve welcomed hundreds of wonderful families from across Norfolk into my purpose-built studio. Located in Norwich, the studio is specially set up to be welcoming, convenient and comfortable for families. I have a lot of experience photographing babies and young children. So know exactly how to ensure your family is happy and comfortable for the duration of your visit.

 

Parking

 

When you’ve got a baby, changing bags and maybe  another child in tow. Easy and accessible parking is very important. When you arrive at the studio you’ll find parking right outside my house. This makes it easy for you to carry your bags, belongings and baby inside.

 

Looking after baby

 

Before, during and after the shoot your baby is my number one priority. At the studio you’ll find everything that new parents need to care for their baby. Including nappies, wipes, a changing mat and plenty of space for bottle and breast feeds.

 

Refreshments

 

When you arrive at the studio you’ll find a selection of snacks to keep you going, with tea and coffee available for parents. Full length studio sessions are never rushed so there’s plenty of time for you to relax and enjoy a cuppa.

 

Older siblings

 

Older siblings are always welcome to come along to the shoots, even if they don’t want to join in themselves. There are wooden toys to play with and if you have a tablet you can plug it into the Wi-Fi. If you feel they may get restless in a newborn shoot.  One parent is welcome to go off and explore the local woods/parks. Or pop to White House Farm café which is just a short drive from my home studio.

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The shoot

 

During the shoot itself i’ll work hard to ensure your baby is comfortable and happy at all times. The shoot will last between two and two and a half hours and is always baby-led. I’ll capture your baby both asleep and awake . I use a small heater, white nose maker and a collection of delicate rompers and wraps to keep your baby warm and snug.

 

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Your baby will be photographed on a beanbag surrounded by blankets and soft things. I don’t use props in order to ensure all the focus is on your brand new baby. As all babies are completely unique, each shoot is unique. We’ll work around you and your baby making sure everyone is happy at all times.

 

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If you’d like to find out more about my home studio and photoshoots, or if you’d like to arrange a newborn session of your own, get in touch or take a look around the rest of my website.


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Guest blogger Alison birth story !

 

Here is my birth story, Darcey Willow Kamiya Mills, born 25 September 2017 at 11.23pm. Six weeks on and Darcey has settled into the Mills household amazingly well.

 

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Looking back to just before she was born I can remember thinking I’m completely ready to meet her and all the sleep deprivation and nappy changes that would come with her. Oh how I’d forgotten what the reality of that wish was like!

That Monday had been busy. I’d already had a session of reflexology the Friday and again on the Monday morning after I’d been swimming. Plus I took Jasmine to a toddler dance group before rounding the day off with a pregnancy aqua class. It was here that things probably started but I just hadn’t picked up on the signs! When I got home Andy was waiting my arrival mainly because I was bringing pizza!

I felt a little uncomfortable so assumed the ‘all fours’ position and pop, my waters went. We were expecting a nice progressive birth so called my mum to let her know things were starting. We said we’d call in a couple of hours so she knew when to come and be with Jasmine. That was at 9pm and by 10pm mum arrived at which point my surges were intense and I could feel the head. I’d already relaxed in the bath and washed and dried my hair during surges. The tens machine was a saviour! I didn’t feel we could make it to the hospital but Andy was adamant we should go so I reluctantly moved to the car and positioned myself, all fours on the back seat. We parked at the hospital and had to stop three times to breath through the surges before getting to the midwife led unit. After which it felt like 10mins of breathing and Darcey was in my arms. Well it was slightly longer, I’d say about 45mins because she arrived at 11.32pm. All natural and just lovely. We eventually got home at 6am Tuesday morning at which point Jasmine had the surprise of a baby sister as well as her nanny being at home when she woke!

The birth itself was amazingly nice in a strange way! It went from minor discomfort to intense abdominal cramps in such a short space of time it was surreal and even more so was walking out of the hospital a few hours later with our lovely bundle of bubba.

Six weeks on and Darcey has settled into the Mills household amazingly well. Jasmine adores her and we’ve had such lovely support from our friends and family. A massive thanks to Jess for sharing my blog and the fab pictures she’s captured of the girls and I. Treasured family moments of such a precious time.

 

I hope you enjoyed Alison's birth story , I have loved following her journey and reading her blogs - thank you Alison!

 

You can now check out Rachaels journye now at her blog here. 

 

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Baby Milestone Card and Hospital checklist free gift!

Baby Milestone Card and Hospital checklist free gift!

 

With my newphew being born it got me thinking back to that exciting time of packing your hopsital bag. I hope my blog gives you some guidance , and if you complete the form link below . i'll send you your own free checklist and baby's first milestone card !

 

 

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Wondering what to pack in your maternity hospital bag?

 

When your waters break and your contractions begin, it can be all too easy to panic and head straight to the hospital without packing all of the essentials. Though there are few things you can’t live without while giving birth, having a few accessories on hand can make a big difference to your delivery experience. To help ensure you have everything you need for your upcoming birth, we’ve put together a list of the most important essentials.

 

Clothes

 

Having a ready supply of comfortable clothes available will help to make your hospital stay a lot more pleasant. For a start, you’ll need some pyjamas, some big knickers, comfortable trousers and some slippers. It’s a good idea to bring a couple of changes of clothing just in case your labour is lengthy.

 

Accessories

 

 There are lots of accessories that will come in handy while you’re in labour and giving birth. Some of the most important are maternity pads and breast pads as these will help you to stay clean and comfortable once the baby has arrived. You’ll also need to bring your phone and charger so you can keep friends and family updated on your progress and take photos of your bundle of joy.

Hairbands and hair clips are great for keeping your hair out of your face and keeping you cool while you’re in labour. You’ll need a hair brush to ensure you look your best when you take that first all-important mum and baby snap. Something else that a lot of people overlook is money for the car park. If you get your ticket stamped you’ll pay just £3 for your stay, however you’ll still need the change to pay with.

 

Food and drink

 If you have a C-section, peppermint tea is a great way to relieve the pain of trapped gas. You’ll also need snacks and water on hand to keep you fuelled during your hospital stay. Remember that dads won’t be fed or watered so your partner will need to bring their own supplies.

 

Toiletries

 Being able to have a wash during a long labour makes you feel a lot better. Bring along some shampoo, conditioner and soap and a towel to dry off with. As you may not have time to take a shower, it’s not a bad idea to bring some dry shampoo along with you as well. Some women find that their lips become very dry during labour. Bring a bit of lip balm to hospital to soothe your lips if they become chapped.

 

Supplies for baby

 

Once your baby arrives they’ll need their own set of supplies. The most important things to have at this point are nappies, a blanket, baby grows, vests, cotton wool and a car seat so you can get them home safely.

 

After a few days with your newborn, you may want to think about capturing this special time with a photo shoot. It's not always too late for me to squeezee you in, so please give me a call/ email .

 

Would you love a hospital checklist / milestone card printed and sent to you ? Then sign up here , i wont spam you & tell your friends with bumps to claim theirs too. or downloand a copy here and print it off at home.

Your hospital checklist is great to tick off what you need & pop in your bag . On the front features a birth announcement card , a cute and simple way to remember and share your wonderful news. If you tag me using any of my milestone cards you will recieve a little gift!

 

happy packing xx

 

 

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Pregnancy diaries - due date how to bring on labour?

Pregnancy diaries - due date how to bring on labour?

 

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Week 39/40, and so due date / d-day passes by in the blink of an eye. No sign of labour just one big, solid bump sticking out of my tum threatening to be there for another week (that's my prediction).

 

All celebrations in the Mills household have ceased. My baby shower being the last. I now am at a loss with no food prep, baking, setting up or washing up!

What's left for me to do then? Beautify of course! Thanks to The Barns Beauty Rooms for my lovely lash extensions. At least my eyes will look reasonably with it after labour. Nails are next, although that's a job for me which will probably involve having to paint Jasmine's too in some shade of pink. Hair is tidy so just need to make sure I make the effort each day to avoid having to arrive at the birthing unit in a fluffy mess looking like Marg Simpson! Of course none of this matters in the slightest. The most important thing is that Baby M arrives safe and sound. I just need to be occupied because clearly I'm not with a 3 year old!

Packing and re-packing my hospital bag is ongoing. Mainly because the sweets need replenishing. Yes, I'll own up to demolishing them the other day. I'm a sucker for fruity jelly sweets!

To counteract the sweet binges I have managed to keep swimming, although I think some of the staff are slightly nervous I'm going to pop when they're on duty! I've also been to Spring gymnastics with Jasmine. Admittedly I tried bouncing a little on the trampoline but nothing occurred.

Batch cooking is done so we have a few meals ready in the freezer, although in my mind it's not the end of the world as Andy does a mean chicken en-croute and part of me feels it's his time to shine in the kitchen ;0) He may have other ideas though.

Back to the matter in hand. When is Baby Mills coming into the world on her due date ? and what natural methods can I try to bring on labour? This is what we've tried so far ... Reflexology by the lovely Ursula Walker at The Alison Rostron Treatment Centre, followed by curry for dinner at 40 weeks, indoor fireworks 40+1 and a walk to the park at 40+2. Not a sausage of movement. Next on the list is pineapple and roast dinner (this is what I had before labour started with Jasmine) so watch this space!

 

Ali

 

 

to book in your newborn shoot or have a chat about your photography needs please contact me here


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What is the Positive Birth Movement? Norfolk - Guest blog

What is the Positive Birth Movement? Norfolk - Guest blog

Happy New Year everyone! Thank you Jess for inviting me to let you all know about the Positive Birth Movement.

 

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In 2012 the founder (amazing writer and campaigner Milli Hill) had a free meet up in her living room to chat about pregnancy and birth. This has now become a global network of over 400 groups!400 groups!

We believe that every woman deserves a positive birth in which:

· Women are where they want to be · Choices are informed by reality not fear · Mothers are empowered and enriched · Memories are warm and proud

We aim to:

· Challenge the culture of negativity and fear that exists around birth · Share positive birth experiences · Share information about choices and rights in childbirth · Encourage women to raise their expectations of childbirth

I’m Chloe, I run the Norwich group at Silver Road Community Centre, which is a lovely space with a relaxed atmosphere, toys and a cafe area. There is also a second monthly meet up in NR12 at the home of Joanna Collins.

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I'm also the pbm regional representative for the East of England you can read a bit more about me and team pbm here http://www.positivebirthmovement.org/team-pbm.html

Meet ups are free and informal. A safe space to chat about birth and share stories. It’s ideal if you are pregnant or have given birth, like the sound of our aims and want to surround yourself with positivity and support

You can also hire great quality maternity clothes from the 'waddling wardrobe' for just £1-3 per item. There are lots of great quality jeans and work clothes, saving you the expense as you bloom! We also have x2 birth pools which you can hire for free! (Just a security deposit needed).

 

Hope you can make it to our next meet up: Sunday 15th January at 3.30pm. Our topic will be ‘Choice in Birth’. There is free parking too! Really looking forward to meeting some of you soon,

Chloe xx

Contact: chloe-willis@thedaisyfoundation.com or 07905 936 960

More info/ where to find us online:

The Norwich and Norfolk Positive Birth Movement is on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/pbmnorfolk/

I'm also a birth and baby mentor for the Daisy Foundation, running pregnancy and baby classes from the same venue: https://www.facebook.com/thedaisyfoundationnorwich/

 


Baby and Newborn Photography Association - Pro Member level

 

Baby and Newborn Photography Association - Pro Member level:

A while back i joined the organisation Baby and Newborn Photography Association,  or for short BANPAS .  Some of you that follow my page will know that BANPAS promotes safe working practices amongst newborn and baby photography.

 

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Their regulars blog explain issues to parents. These include topics such as safety , why book a professional and other areas . They help educate and guide parents into getting those adorable images of newborns but also in a safe environment.   If you are looking for a newborn photographer please head over to their website here or over to their Facebook page to read up.

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For me as a photographer , i joined as it was a place to watch webinars , receive discounts and join their great community . I had access to their private forum and get to chat to other newborn baby photographers.

 

This year they launched their new levels of membership,  and if you are starting out the friend level is a great place to start.  I wanted to go for their Pro level , and not stay on their standard membership level which is also awesome.  I wanted my work to go through the judging process ,by their panel of ambassadors.

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I  put together 12 images some of i have shared in this blog. I sent them off to be assessed, and within a week i had heard i had passed !!!!!!   and have been givem Pro Level membership!  Along with some amazingly talented ladies,  my profile on their website now displays the pro level logo on my listing.  The listing section is a great place to find local baby photographers.

With lots of people starting up in the newborn photography business there are lots of photographers to choose from, it can get very confusing . That's why i wrote a blog about how to choose the right photographer for you.

I've heard people say 'baby photos they all look the same' ahh they do not . Photographers have very different styles and visions.  My style is very much natural, timeless , i love pure and simple images, teeny tiny baby details , whilst using a few delicate props.

Please look at the photographers style , do the babies look safe and comfy ? (this is where BANPAS and its mission is great, they give examples of how photographers work safely) are they insured ? have a professional website ? All these things and more , can help guide you into booking the right photographer.

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When you love your job as much as I do, you always look to improve and that's why i invest in training, watch webinars, videos and went on first aid all in the last 6 months.  My job is a privilege and my clients come to a safe & warm environment . BANPAS have helped my journey and i would recommend them any baby photographers !

 

Jess xx