Over the years, I've had the joy of accompanying many families on their journeys to parenthood. Looking back, I remember each and every one and all of its unique, special moments. No two births are the same, and babies all arrive differently. Some babies are born sunny-side-up, some babies are born early, some babies are born butt-first, feet-first, some with vernix, some with caputs, many with cords around their necks, some with a nuchal hand, some are born in pools, some on the floor, some in cars, and some in ORs.
If you know me, you know there's a special place in my heart reserved just for babies arriving via cesarean birth.
You might assume that by the time one is admitted to the OR, every cesarean birth is the same... a cookie cutter operation. After all, the surgical team has their regimen perfected like a finely-tuned machine, right? As a birth photographer, I can tell you that each cesarean birth is just as unique as each vaginal birth... it's just a matter of noticing the details, the small important moments, and honoring them.
And so now, I'm thrilled to share with you, in honor of Cesarean Awareness Month, some of my favorite cesarean images I've captured during my career.