For years now I've been a part of the VBAC support forum on BabyCenter, and I've read literally hundreds of women's cesarean birth stories. I've read some positive and empowering stories, and I've read some tragic ones that truly fit the term "birthrape." But I have never read one like the one Joanna Moorhead describes in this UK article titled "Every Bit as Magical." Professor Nick Fisk is pioneering a cesarean technique he calls the "skin-to-skin cesarean," a significant improvement over the clinical and reserved deliveries most c-section moms expect.
Picture this: Instead of being literally strapped to the table with her view obscured by a curtain, the mother is propped up so she can see her baby's birth. Instead of the surgery being performed as quickly as possible, the pace is slower, gentler. Instead of the baby being whisked away, he is immediately placed on his mother's chest. The cesarean is recognized and honored as what it is- this baby's birth- instead of being performed like just another surgery. How wonderful would this be for women who have to have cesareans?
Taking it a step further, how wonderful would it be if all mothers could expect to be treated like their births are amazing, magical, worthy of respect and consideration? No matter how our babies enter the world, birth remains one of the most powerful and unforgettable experiences we will ever have.