How Positive Can a Caesarean Birth Be?
The short answer is... SO positive!
Meet Sarah and Josh. When we first got connected, they were planning a birth with as few interventions as possible. Soon after, they learned Sarah's placenta was lying low over her cervix (placenta previa). This meant that unless it moved significantly, their baby would have to be born by Caesarean (or through the sunroof, as we referred to it).
We began our months-long preparation process, which included this family learning lots about the surgery and the options to make it an experience that they would eventually reflect on as positive, surreal, and sacred.
When the day of their baby's birth came, thanks to their thoughtful care providers who were willing to work as a team, I got to join them through the whole birth, including supporting them in the operating room. Sarah has kindly not only given permission to share these images we got to capture for all those who may be facing the possibility of a Caesarean birth, but she also had a chat with another client of mine waiting on her baby, and who also had placenta previa. That client too went on to have a beautiful belly birth. I am so in awe of the families I get to support and the moments I get to capture, and of the community we can build when we openly support each other and talk about all that birth can be.