A major hospital has banned parents from using professional photographers to document the birth of their babies.
Royal Brisbane Hospital informed patients and birth photographers they were not allowed to take photos while births were underway.
Photos can still be taken before and after birth, and fathers and other family members can snap shots on their mobile phones.
The hospital said the policy was not new and existed to ensure the safety of the baby and mother during the delivery.
‘Complications are rare, but can arise very quickly during a birth,’ executive director Amanda Dines told the Courier Mail.
‘So it’s crucial our team can perform their duties with the utmost care and attention, with no other distraction, so they can continue to provide focused care.’
‘Professional photography and digital recording of births before and after delivery are supported, provided they do not interfere with the important role of our clinical staff in ensuring both mother and baby are safe.’
Ms Dines said personal photos by mums and dads were ‘more than welcome’.
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