Mary's story is unique, and simply not one for me to tell. It is hers to tell and hopefully share with us someday. At the heart of the story is a mother who had previously experienced three cesarean births resulting in three sick babies- all, simply, born too soon...A cascade of the misuse of technology and intervention, and the foreverness of 'shoulda, coulda, wouldas.' Her previous experiences and her instincts told her that this baby simply needed more time.
Today, at 41+4 weeks, she gave birth via cesarean section to her 4th baby boy. Though this was her 4th c-section, it was a very different experience than her other births.
This is the photo story of her birth.
|Filled with emotion, patiently waiting.|
|Her birth team.|
|That doctor of hers...|
|Matt joins us.|
|Eli goes immediately over the drape and into his mother's hands.|
|Mary holds him for the very first time, before anyone else.|
|A perfectly designed pillow.|
|Eli opening his eyes for the first time...and seeing Mom and Dad.|
|Right where he should be. THIS is how it should be when cesareans are needed...family-centered, gentle, respectful.|