Women who give birth via vaginal delivery are sometimes revered as the mamas who have the truly ~special~ births and birth stories. They did, after all, give birth the "natural" way. But for those of us who either opt to or are left in a situation where having a c-section is the safest way to give birth for us, despite being broadly left out of the Awesome Birth Story Club, have no shortage of equally amazing moments before, during, and after giving birth. Yes, even if a c-section entails being sliced open instead of pushing with contractions, we are just as much giving birth when we undergo a c-sections. And the moment you get to see your new baby — held up over that blue paper shield between you and the doctors — is only second to the feeling of having that baby held up close for you to check out all of that matted down hair and inexplicably smooth wrinkles in his or her skin. There are so many beautiful moments that come in the course of having a c-section, but still, giving birth this way is still generally regarded as, in short, a giant bummer for everyone.
My c-section came as a last resort after three days of labor and then four hours of pushing (I guess he was just comfortable in there?), so I didn't have the luxury of a perfectly scheduled c-section, but I have heard lots about how convenient it is to go that route. Considering my own weeks of nervous anticipation and prolonged labor, I can easily imagine now nice it would be to have a certain relaxing freedom up until it's time to go to the hospital and meet your new kid. And while I can appreciate the decrease in recovery time that vaginal births allow, but after having a c-section, there was insanely accomplished feeling when I was finally able to walk down the hallway or walk to the bathroom, and to do so while standing up straight instead of hunched over like a formerly pregnant Quasimodo. It's moments like that, though, that make you feel like you're in a special little club of exceptional moments that only women who have c-sections are a part of.