Pictures of Your Birth: Go Pro or Opt for the Selfie?

If photos are part of your birth plan, read this before striking a pose.

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It's never questioned that pregnancy is a beautiful thing and bringing a baby into the world is one of the most miraculous things someone can experience in their lifetime. Still, does that mean you need to be snapping pics in the delivery room?

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Some moms are even going one step further by hiring a professional photographer to capture the moment of birth on camera. In a survey commissioned by BabyCentre UK, one in five mothers or pregnant women polled say that they would consider having professional keepsake images taken. And the mommy world is abuzz with the idea more than ever before: Discussions about the topic have jumped 112 percent in online baby community forums. It may seem to some completely expected and to others, indulgent and self-absorbent.

We surveyed women to ask what they think of this controversial idea, most of them having given birth and have the pictures to prove it!

They Capture The Moment Perfectly (But Don't Expect Them To Be Flattering)

"There's one picture of my fiance's face when he held Brandon [our son] for the first time. He's tearing up and it's absolutely priceless. I must've been half-passed out or something because I don't remember that from the delivery room. I would never have seen that if I hadn't had the photo." — Christi, 24

"My sister took photos of my birth and I hate hate HATE how I look in mine ... so advice for moms? Don't expect these to capture your good side, if you know what I mean." — Sami, 39

"Even with natural births I was so 'focused' I wasn't having the same experience my husband had. I'd love to see what I was only able to feel. I'll never forget my births, but now that it's been a few years I think I'd love to see how it looked when my daughters first entered the world." — Nwasha, Akoma House Initiative

Related: The Woman Who Documented Her Childbirth on Twitter

No Judging ... But No Sharing Over Facebook Either, Please!

"We live in a world of social media so this trend doesn't necessarily surprise me, although I do wonder: do women share these images online? I think it's a private beautiful moment that should be kept between a husband and wife or partner." — Ellie, The Mommy Master, 37

"Having a photographer would've been great because my husband and I could stay in the moment but reflect on the excitement later ... kind of like a wedding. Not saying I'd post the pics on Facebook or show them to everyone I know, but I'd like to have them for myself." — Nwasha

"I had photos taken at my son's birth. At a family party last Easter, my husband pulled out the photos for all our relatives. I nearly died and so did my kids!" — Chloe, 32

Read the full story, Picture Perfect? Professional Birthing Photos Are The New Selfies, on!

—By Allie Churchill

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