I came across a discussion among birth photographers whether a C-section should be called a birth or not, and I have to say I find it a bit infuriating and ridiculous. I mean, is that even a question?
Isn’t a baby born during a C-section? If yes, then how can one even argue that it is not a birth?
The definition of birth is “the emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being”. It says nothing about whether your baby comes out through your vagina or belly.
As a birth photographer, our job is to honour and respect the birthing women, and support them whatever kind of birth they have, without judgment or personal opinions. All births are sacred and special and should be threatened with the uttermost respect and dignity. We should advocate for ALL births, no one being better than the other. I truly believe that if we start putting some births on a pedestal, while other ways of giving birth are being shamed and seen as failures, we are causing a lot of unnecessary pain and damage to a lot of women.
So let’s stop belittle women’s birth experiences and call a C-section what it really is; a BIRTH!