We've all seen the viral text message exchange that's been floating around the internet this week. In it, a birth photographer supposedly refuses to photograph a mom's cesarean birth because it's a surgery and not something worth capturing.
As one of the co-founders of Birth Becomes Her, I can say with complete confidence that the birth photographers I know LOVE cesarean birth stories. In fact, many of us find cesarean births to be the most rewarding stories we can capture.
Cesarean moms are some of the bravest and strongest women we know. In the moments leading up to surgery, a cesarean mother must hold onto the strong and fierce love she has for her baby. She lets fear wash over her...and then she lets it drift away. Although she knows a cesarean birth is the best choice for her or her baby, she also knows she’ll endure major surgery with real wounds and scars.
Some women have weeks to mentally prepare for a cesarean, but many only have hours or minutes. Suddenly, everything she envisioned when meeting her child has changed: the room she’ll be in, the position she’ll be in, who will be surrounding her. We humans don’t tend to do well in situations of sudden change. And yet these brave mothers find a way to let go of their pride and connect with an inner-strength that allows them to enter the operating room and give birth to their child.
Below are some of the many beautiful Cesarean birth images that birth photographers have captured. These are birth stories from around the country and the world. We're here to say to all cesarean moms: your birth stories are beautiful, powerful, and worth seeing and sharing.