Some things to think about
The first question is whether you want documentary evidence of childbirth. If the answer is yes, there are a few things to consider:
Pros: Mothers can catch magical moments they missed during the event itself.
Cons: Professionals say mothers must be careful who is invited into the birthing space. Maternal stress can hinder the actual birth.
Cost: Jodie Myers (www.mybirthmovie.com) charges $1,395 for raw footage of a home-birth, up to $3,500 for an edited, documentary-quality short film shot in the hospital.
Other options for capturing the birth: Set up a tripod. Have your friend/mother/husband film. Consider turning the camera on after the baby is born.