All the pictures and quotes below were provided by mothers who felt theirs was a positive caesarean birth experience. Yet all of these births, and others like them, are categorised as “adverse outcomes” in hospital data and most maternity care research.
This needs to change.
We need to listen to women, respect autonomy, consider measures of birth satisfaction, and celebrate positive birth outcomes however and wherever they occur.
Thank you to all the mothers who were willing to share their private moments, and for helping to communicate that many surgical births are a very positive outcome, for all the family.
- Produced by author and journalist Pauline Hull