1) It IS still a birth, a rite of passage, a life-altering transition. It is the birth of the parents, baby, and family, not just a surgical procedure. 

2) Parents who birth by cesarean did not take the easy way out. It takes incredible courage, selflessness, and love for your baby to allow someone to cut through your body for your child to be born.

3) It is ok to feel sad about your cesarean birth and to grieve the birth you didn’t have. Please don’t ever tell a parent “at least you had a healthy baby!” Of course they are grateful for their healthy baby. They may also be disappointed about the experience that they planned for, worked for, strived for, that did not come to fruition.

4) It is possible to retrieve moments of connection, humanity, and transformation during a cesarean birth.

5) Many cities have local support groups for families who have experienced a cesarean birth.

 Nikki Shaheed CD(DONA)                                                                                                                                                      Certified Birthing from Within Mentor


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