I just can across this post by Birthing Without Fear and I just took a double take. Wow.
This image is so powerful. The pain. The love. The new life.
*Picture is originally from here.
And even more powerful are the words that follow. “A cesarean is not a failure on a mother’s part. A cesarean, no matter what we think of them in the natural birth community, is still birth. It is still a child being born and a woman becoming a mother.”
And in another related post by PhD in Parenting, she says, “Having a c-section does not make you a failure, but doctors who force unnecessary interventions on women are failing them.”
I am still trying to come to terms with my first born being a cesarean birth. I wonder if I will ever get over it. Honestly, I don’t know that I can ever accept it. But reading that I am not a failure because I had a c-section is really nice to hear, you know? I may not have birthed my baby the way I wanted but I still became a mother. Although I know I could have done more to change what happened, that I am upset and ashamed of myself for letting someone take away my rights, that doesn’t make me a failure. Some of the blame is on the doctors who lied to me. Who failed me.
Now I am curious to find out if I took my own fresh c-section with staples photos. I can’t remember! Did you?
I still can’t find fresh csection photos but I did take a similar photo, which I shared in My Postpartum Self post.
Showing my csection scar with the child what was born from it.
- My First Birth: Cesarean for Breech - Paa.la
- My Postpartum Self - Paa.la
- Motherhood Confessions: Stretch Marks - Paa.la