I recently had the privilege to spend a few hours in the hospital with a friend of mine and shoot the birth of her third child, Gabrielle. While I’ve shot births before, this one was a new experience — it was my first time in an operating room, and my first time shooting a cesarean section.
My son’s birth was vaginal, and I had little frame of reference for cesarean sections besides reading stories on Offbeat Mama and the random one in a television show. I knew that it would be fast, but I wasn’t prepared for how incredibly fast it really was. I also knew it would be different — there wouldn’t be the hours upon hours of labor that result in the climax of the birth of the child, but I didn’t know if that would alter the mood of the morning.
It actually didn’t — Gabrielle’s parents were just as nerve-wracked as every other parent I’ve worked with, and her birth was magical. I saw proof of what we’re always on about on this site: all birth experiences are a little bit magical.
You can see more photos from Gabrielle’s birth on my blog.