If I have one regret from both of my birth experiences, it is that I didn't have a designated "picture taker" around.
Not so much for the labor. But for the birth and immediately after the birth. I think I would have liked to capture those early moments of life in all their messy glory. Especially since digital cameras allow you to take hundreds of photos that you can easily delete - without spending a cent or waiting an hour for development.
I should have learned from my first birth experience and "hired" a picture-taker for my second birth experience, but I found myself in a quandary both times. I'm a private person when it comes to intimate moments like childbirth so I didn't want anyone except my husband there...yet my husband was too preoccupied and involved to take photos. Thus, we ended up photo-less for the first 24 hours or so. Bummer.
So - my tip is to bring your camera and to use it. Even if you think to yourself, "I look horrible and I'm going to delete every single one of these."
That's the beauty of digital cameras. You can always hit delete.
Go ahead - take the shot.
P.S. Don't forget an extra set of batteries or a battery charger as well. You could, for example, bring along your Energizer Easy Charger (on sale now at Amazon.com for $5.07, down from $55.37). It's not the fastest charger on the market, but it comes with 2 AA and 2 AAA rechargeable batteries. Just plug it in, walk away, and your batteries will be recharged within 30 minutes. The interchangeable face plates are corny and a waste of resources, but the product itself is quite handy. And did I mention it's on sale for 5 buckaroos?
YOUR TURN: Did you take photos of your labor, delivery, and/or recovery? If so, who took them?