when I say all births are beautiful, I mean it.
But I do think there are valid reasons c-sections have gotten a bad rap. They are crazy overused in some places, doctor's have been known to push them just for convenience, but mostly they don't necessarily consider mom's experience as an important priority. A healthy mom and baby shouldn't be the only goal. How about we set the bar a little higher and strive for happiness too :)
After witnessing births all over the DFW area I am happy to say some hospitals are changing for the better.
Places like Baylor University Medical Center, Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth are providing incredible, gentle, family centered c sections. They are listening to families and the results are more positive birth outcomes.
Some of the things I'm seeing in more and more c section birth spaces are:
Having additional support (photographer, doula)
Lowered or clear curtain
Delayed cord clamping
Skin to skin
I just love knowing the belly birth process is starting to include more of these mom and family-centered options.
Its amazing how simple little adjustments can make a families birth experience more positive. Allowing an additional support person, like a birth photographer, can be invaluable.
I find that with my belly birth mamas, birth photos hold an extra special meaning. Inevitability, there are more things that c section moms miss out on so being able to look back on all the details of their babies birth is really special.
Birth photography can also play a powerful role in helping heal birth trauma that is caused by things not going according to plan. Being able to look back on the moments when you faced and overcame such an obstacle with grace and beauty is truly priceless.
Plus it's pretty cool to imagine these babies as tweens who one day see my photo and say how cool it is to see themselves in that first instant of life on earth.
C section mamas, you are brave. Your strength and sacrifice is admirable. Your birth is beautiful.
Pregnant mamas, know that gentle, family centered c-sections are possible, just be sure to talk to your provider and choose your hospital wisely.
Curious what birth photography for c-section birth looks like?
For more images click through the slideshow below.
If you're expecting in the Dallas Fort Worth area I would love to connect with you! Contact me here, I'd love to hear more about you and your birth plans.
If you're looking for a photographer outside the DFW area, here is a directory of professional birth photographers worldwide.