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May 30, 2006

Birth Art

**warning, very sensitive**

This link goes to a page with c-section birth art.

Very moving.

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Ohmygosh this baby better turn.

Posted by: sarah mosley at May 31, 2006 10:49 PM

Wow. Not really a lot one can say after looking at those pics. I like her statement that..."medically necessary c-sections are a blessing..." because in some instances they are life-saving to both mom and babe. I have never had one but honestly, it was a secret fear all 5 times.

Posted by: Sherri W at June 1, 2006 07:39 AM

VERY sorry I looked at that art! I realize she's just expressing her feelings, but as someone who is sick & tired of having c-sections bashed (to put it mildly) and hearing claims that a c-section is not a birth (this one really upsets me), and considering that the one & only time I'll ever give birth was via a c-section (and yes, it was medically necessary), art like this is is not at all representative of what I feel. Probably because I had time to mentally prepare for the procedure & had made peace with it. I can see if someone was not expecting a c-section, and indeed if someone was prepared only for a natural childbirth, then certainly a c-section would be a shock and I can understand how a woman would create this kind of art. But for ME, art like this just perpetuates all kinds of conversations & biases that I'm quite weary of. It would nice if just for ONCE in the social conversation there was something at least neutral, or perhaps a tad positive, about a c-section birth.

The birth of my babies was a nightmare that gave me PTSD. One I had to spend months dealing with to "get over". Last thing I want is to look at art that expresses how a c-section is akin to a brutal rape. :(

I guess one sign of good art is one which inspires strong reactions, huh?

Posted by: Tulip at June 1, 2006 12:54 PM

Like she says, there is a huge difference between a medically necessary C/S (for some breach births - so don't worry Sarah!) and one that is not.

My first baby was born by emergency C/S which could have been avoided had I been managed differently. The physical recovery was straightforward, but I was devastated for months afterwards and suffered from post-natal depression. My second birth was at home here with two midwives, it was very different, and I had no recuurence of post-natal depression thankfully.

Posted by: Sheena at June 1, 2006 03:09 PM

Having had a c-section, I can relate a little to some of the pics (like not being able to hold your baby right away). I think I would feel a whole lot worse about having a section if it automatically meant another one. Fortunately, VBACS are still allowed at my hospital.

Posted by: Amie at June 2, 2006 09:03 AM

Love ya TulipGirl...but this is just sick!

I would hate to be a post C-sec mom who came over to that site. Guilt manipulation to the core!

:)

Posted by: Nate from PRESBYERIAN THOUGHTS at June 3, 2006 07:10 PM


 
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