Is SABPA a governing body?
SABPA is a professional organisation that is more of a representative & supportive body that a governing body. Our focus is on support, education & providing resources. We are dedicated to enhancing professionalism within birth photography and bridging the gap between medicine and the humanities. That being said, some hospitals require that photographers have written their SABPA entry exams and obtained their SABPA licenses before they are allowed to photograph a birth.
Does SABPA prescribe that hospitals only allow SABPA-registered photographers?
No. SABPA registration as a merit requirement is an internal decision and not one that SABPA prescribes. We do however support hospitals / healthcare providers that has this as a requirement as it does promote professionalism and standards within the industry.
Will I get hospital access if I am SABPA registered?
Not necessarily. All healthcare providers have their own merit requirements (in some instances being SABPA-registered is one of the requirements) and it is the individual’s responsibility to find out what those requirements are and abide by them. Where available, SABPA publishes the different health care providers’ merit requirements.
How does one differentiate between a SABPA registered photographer and a non-SABPA photographer?
SABPA photographers are listed on our website. SABPA photographers will also attend births in a uniform / scrubs branded with their own business name. They will also have their permission agreements in place, as well as their SABPA license on their person upon request.
What is the SABPA Oath of Conduct?
Much like the Oath of Hippocrates it is the cornerstone of SABPA and the ethical, privacy and professional standards that SABPA birth photographers work towards.
How is SABPA regulated?
SABPA is oversaw by an Independent Advisory Board made up of OBG’s, midwives, doulas, hospital managers, theatre matrons and more.
My friend asked me to photograph her birth next week and I want to register – can’t you speed up the registration process?
We have increased the amount of SABPA exams from 6 a year to 12 a year, which means that the entry exams can be written once a month. From there it takes 2 weeks for your results to be processed and your license to be made available should you pass. We promote the highest level of professionalism and safety & ethical standards which is why we can not expedite the process more than that. We take the exams very seriously and our students need time to internalise the Oath of Conduct before they write their exams.
Please consider the appropriate time frame required to become registered when booking clients.
What are SABPA’s bank details?
SABPA, 1398827086, Capitec (branch code 470010)
Do I need to have experience photographing births to register, if so how many?
No you do not have to have experience although it is advisable. Also please note that some hospitals may require for you to have attended at least 2 births as a birth photographer before allowing you to be present at a birth.
The SABPA Oath requires SABPA photographers to have a SABPA-registered back-up photographer for a birth. What if I am the only registered photographer in my area?
Special allowance is made for that. However you need to make it clear to your client (before she books) that you do not have a SABPA-registered back-up photographer and as soon as there is one in your area arrangements need to be made.
Can I register with SABPA even though I am not a qualified as a photographer in any way?
SABPA only focusses on the safety and privacy aspects of birth and on whether a photographer is qualified to hold the birth space for parents. Style and photography skills is something parents can evaluate by going to the SABPA photographer of their choice’s website.
How do I gain access to the SABPA closed forum for further support and guidance?
Once you have passed your entry exams and completed your registration you will receive an invite to the closed SABPA forum. Some of our members also provide private mentoring independent to SABPA.
Exam Questions & SABPA Short Course
You are welcome to submit questions on the code to SABPA (we will answer as and when we can) but once you have requested your exam papers no more questions will be allowed until after.
To support learners a short course called “Unpacking the SABPA Oath of Conduct” will soon be available to purchased. The course is optional, but it is advisable as it will ultimately give you more insight into the inner workings of medicine & the humanities.