If you ever wanted to know what it's like to have a c-section, here is your chance! A 39-year-old mom has given Women's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, permission to live tweet her cesarean with photos and video! No guts, no glory.
It was amazing to see. A beautiful birth with emotion and love even though some think that's impossible with a c-section. This will educate and most definitely scare the living daylights out of some people. Blood. Guts. Organs being moved around. A screaming infant. Prepare yourselves because you're about to learn what really goes down (and out) with a cesarean birth.
The mother's name will not be revealed, but we do know she scheduled this type of birth due to a previous cesarean delivery. It's unknown why they didn't want to attempt a VBAC. OB/GYN Anne Gonzalez performed the surgery and reminded those fearful of having birth the old-fashioned way, "... a cesarean delivery is still a surgery with associated risks and should only be performed if necessary."
Here are some of the tweets from @houstonhospital:
Since patient has had previous C-section, incision was made along the scar line...
That moment a baby is born -- vaginal or through a pocket in mama's belly -- is pure magic. I believe my c-section helped save my life and the lives of my twins after I got HELLP syndrome. My experience having a cesarean was traumatic, with a challenging recovery. But this mom is going into birth knowing what to expect. It's planned and she's had one before. There wasn't that chaotic, emergency feeling I had. Sometimes a c-section is necessary. And here we see how even in these situations, birth is beautiful. For any mom struggling with the fact she had to have a cesarean, you can see the love this doctor shows when baby is born. It's still a beautiful moment -- and much like my love letter to c-section moms.
Like Dr. Gonzalez says, it should be reserved for when it's absolutely necessary. Perhaps seeing this video will even make some women who want to elect to have a c-section for no reason realize that vaginal birth is the better option.
You can view more on Twitter, #MHbaby, or MemorialHermann.org.
What do you think of this live tweet of a cesarean birth? Did you watch the videos?