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?