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This Photographer Helps Document Childbirth in Real Time on Instagram

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Posting live updates of special events to services such as Twitter and Instagram is a pretty common thing these days, but one photographer has chosen a relatively uncommon subject for her real-time Instagram snaps: childbirth.

Kansas City-based photographer Cate DePrisco has been helping clients tell their birth stories in real-time through her Instagram feed. Her service is called Instabirthstory.

Not every expecting mother who hires DePrisco wishes to have their experience broadcast for the world to see, but four of them have so far. In addition to DePrisco’s growing list of followers who just enjoy following along, relatives are able to tune in to DePrisco’s stream of images to get updates as things are happening.

The photographs are first captured through DePrisco’s WiFi-enabled camera before being transferred to her phone and then onto Instagram. Here’s a selection of photos from one of the birth stories she has documented thus far:

Let's take a #selfie before things get rolling! #instabirthstory #birthstory

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… There she goes back to the #operatingroom! #instabirthstory #birthstory

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"Guys, I'm about to be a MOM!" #instabirthstory #birthstory

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WE HAVE A BABY GIRL!! #instabirthstory #birthstory

A photo posted by Cate DePrisco (@instabirthstory) on

This baby girl came out ready to nurse. She thought mom's chin was a nipple. #instabirthstory #birthstory

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She has some much hair! Mom thinks it's going to be curly just like dad's! #instabirthstory #birthstory

A photo posted by Cate DePrisco (@instabirthstory) on

Baby is working hard to latch, and Dad is so curious what it feels like. #instabirthstory #birthstory

A photo posted by Cate DePrisco (@instabirthstory) on

DePrisco’s goal with this new style of birth photography is to show childbirth in a more positive light. “I believe there is a lot of fear surrounding birth because people hear stories of pain and exhaustion, and of course, emergencies and loss,” she tells HuffPo. “But from my perspective, it’s also a beautiful process watching the parents and a medical team work together and supporting each other to bring a new human to his/her first breath.”

You can find more of DePrisco’s work on her website and on Instagram.


Image credits: Photographs by Cate DePrisco and used with permission

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