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Welcoming Elias

This week, I had the opportunity to join one of my dear friends, Carly, as she welcomed her second baby boy via c-section delivery. The hospital that does c-sections where I live, is very strict about only allowing one support person in for the surgery, so this wasn’t something I ever thought I would have the opportunity to witness. Lucky for me, the daddy needed emergency surgery himself that same morning, and being the back-up person, I got the call (not so lucky for dad- who is now well). It was an odd feeling to be so excited that someone needed to have emergency surgery… I felt guilty for about 39 seconds.

This was Carly’s second c-section. She was a pro. She was calm, and collected, filled with excitement more than fear. She has forever reframed what a c-section means to me. In the past, it was presented as something to fear, but seeing Carly meet her baby… cue the alligator tears, there was zero fear. In fact, I might have been a little too into it. I found myself glued to her midsection as it was cut open layer by layer. The nurses warned me about feeling dizzy, or queazy, but I was downright fascinated. I was kneeling on my little stool so that I could get a better view over the blue curtain. My camera up to my face, I waited…  I saw the water break, and then all of a sudden out popped a head! A photo frenzy began.

Taking this little man out to meet his family was so exciting. The look on his daddy’s face, just priceless. He’s already so loved. Thank you Carly and Nate, for having me be there, it was nothing short of amazing. xoxo

  • C-Section Birth Photos | Today Health Channel - […] was an odd feeling to be so excited that someone needed to have emergency surgery,” Jessica writes in her blog. “I felt guilty for about 39 seconds.” Stooped on a stool with a camera pressed to her […]ReplyCancel

  • stacie richmond owens - Thank you so much for posting those pictures. I have also had 2 c sections and thought it was so magical. I am glad someone has taken a bit of the fear out of c sections. My husband wasn’t able to make it to our second delivery but a kind nurse took what pictures she could and they are the most beautiful pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Irina Orlenco - Dear Mrs Jessica!

    I was very impressed by the way you could catch the beautiful moments of the complicated surgical intervation! I gave birth to my son via the Cesarian also. I was very afraid of it and didn’t know what to expect. It was my “black” day which turned into my “white and happy” day. I am sure that women who are to be operated soon will cope with their fears due to your great photos!

    Irina (Chisinau, Moldova)ReplyCancel

  • Christina - What a treasure these pictures must be for the family! They are so beautiful. I wish I could have had something like this document my two C-sections. Amazing :)ReplyCancel

  • Elly - Colorado, USA - Absolutely beautiful photos. I had an emergency c-section and was scared to death, mainly because I was not prepared for it. The cord was wrapped around my precious little boy twice, leading to no vaginal delivery. Nothing short of a miracle. Thank you for capturing these pictures for the world to see!ReplyCancel

  • David Grimes - Hi,

    Wow, what an amazing thing you were able to do for your friends. Your pictures are awesome. The love shines through :)

    Have a great day,


  • Lyssa - I unexpectedly had a C-section myself (5 weeks early). It wasn’t an emergency, but it certainly didn’t enter my mind as part of my plan (or the possibility of it). My partner found himself quite amazed by the process, and has documented it, though I can’t quite admit to having watched the entire video. Viewing your photos reminds me of hearing that first little cry and meeting our son. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - I have had 3 csection so far my last one being just 2 weeks ago. My first was 13 years ago due to pre-eclampsia. I felt like less than a woman because I wasn’t able to vaginally deliver my children to a certain point until now. I am a certified police officer so fear of pain or anything definitely wasn’t the issue just wasn’t a woman God meant to deliver vaginally. I’m so excited to see this words cannot express! Oh and my newest little man tried coming all on his own had to be taken back kinda quickly because he was getting impatien and he was slightly stuck in the birth canal. I to give those who are able to deliver vaginally their pats on the back but we deserve some credit too because the recovery time is painful and longer for a csection!ReplyCancel

  • From Belly to Baby (Literally) » Jessica Bender Photography - […] oh did he arrive. During our maternity session, Felicia commented on the recent c-section shoot that I was lucky to be able to do this past August. She joked that if she went to c-section […]ReplyCancel

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