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The Importance Of C-Section Birth Photography

c section birth photo Recently, here on Being Pregnant, we have seen posts featuring some undeniably powerful birth photos.

As one of many women who was not able to have a vaginal birth experience (in my case, I had a cesarean due to breech presentation), these images made me think about the equal significance, beauty, and power of the cesarean birth photo.

There are many reasons why a woman might find herself facing a c-section. Sometimes it is a scheduled event, and sometimes it happens unexpectedly in an emergency situation. Unfortunately, c-section births are not always well-documented visually, often because cameras are not allowed in the operating room.

Click below to read more, and to view a gorgeous c-section birth photo session.

I recently spoke with birth photographer Kelly M. Orum, who shared her thoughts on the significance of c-section birth photography:

I believe that every birth is beautiful. Whether it is med free, with an epidural, or a c-section. So far, the c-sections that I have been present at have been planned c-sections, not emergencies, and at only one have I been allowed in the operating suite. The physical act may be different than a natural birth, but the emotion, the anxiety, the anticipation, the love, is all the same.

Mothers who experience a cesarean birth rely on the camera lens to be their eyes. Much of the actual birth is shielded from the mother’s view, and combined with the anesthesia, the entire experience can be completely overwhelming — making c-section birth photos even more significant.

Putting any debate about c-section rates and reasons aside, the fact is, the birth of a child is beautiful, and worth documenting, no matter how the baby emerged from its mother’s body.

Stay tuned to Being Pregnant this week — I’ll be featuring some more amazing c-section birth photos!

Do you have photos from your c-section?


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    C-Section Birth Photo Session
    If your c-section is scheduled, hiring a professional birth photographer is a great way to document your birth from start to finish.

    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM
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    C-Section Birth Photo Session
    A mother anticipating the arrival of her baby via c-section. Women who will undergo a cesarean may face a unique kind of anxiety prior to surgery.



    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM
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    C-Section Birth Photo Session
    A woman's view is often limited to that of a drape during surgery.



    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM
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    C-Section Birth Photo Session
    Women often miss the actual birth of their baby during surgery, making photos like this so important and special. Cameras are not always permitted in the operating room, however, it is a question worth asking prior to giving birth.

    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM
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    C-Section Birth Photo Session
    Moments following the surgery are important to capture as well. While the mother is still on the operating table, her partner may also be occupied, offering her continued support, making hiring a professional birth photographer such a great choice.

    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM
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    C-Section Birth Photography
    Sometimes the most beautiful photos feature simple, quiet details of your baby's birth.

    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM
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    C-Section Birth Photography
    While those first bonding moments following a c-section are unique, and differ from the experience of being able to hold your baby after a vaginal delivery, it is still extraordinary and beautiful.

    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM
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    C-Section Birth Photo Session
    A tender moment with baby and mother, that is now preserved to mark this monumental experience.



    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM
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    C-Section Birth Photo Session
    Taking it all in can be difficult following the trauma of a c-section birth.

    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM
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    C-Section Birth Photo Session
    The first moments with Dad are an important capture, too!

    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM
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    C-Section Birth Photo Session
    Mom finally gets to hold her baby.

    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM
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    C-Section Birth Photo Session
    Beautiful detail photographs can help paint the full picture of your birth story.

    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM
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    C-Section Birth Photo Session
    While a c-section may not always be in the plan, they do become a reality for many moms. I only wish I had more photos of my son's cesarean birth! Do you have photos from your c-section? Tell me in the comments!

    Photo by Kelly M. Orum of BirthbyKellyM

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