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Birthing through a Cesarean Opening: A Guided Imagery for Women Who Had A C-Section

Updated on November 12, 2015

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"I wanted to do a piece to honor women who have given birth by cesarean.  These women are strong mothers who have given much for their children." Amy Swagman
"I wanted to do a piece to honor women who have given birth by cesarean. These women are strong mothers who have given much for their children." Amy Swagman | Source

Why I Wrote This Guided Imagery

As a childbirth educator, I have mentored expecting women and their partners for the rite of passage into parenthood. Sometimes women get so focused on the type of labor and birth they want; un-mediated vs. medicated or vaginal vs. cesarean, they are unprepared when something unexpected happens. The birth event can become scary and even traumatic. Sadly, some women bravely tell of their birth experience through c-section as the worst traumatic experience of their lives.

I wrote this guided imagery, for women who have birthed through cesarean to gain healing from their experience. I also wrote this for women who are preparing for labor. The goal is to help re-frame their fears surrounding cesarean section and to envision a cesarean birth just as spiritual and powerful as a vaginal birth.

Birth through a Cesarean Opening

A woman is traveling down a sacred path to the revered birthing cave. As she travels down on her warrior expedition, her partner is prepped as he dresses in his surgical ceremonial clothes. In a small room he will wait until the women’s court is ready to beckon him to come. This momentary separation of draping and preparing the parents too be in ceremonial attire may seem like forever, but this is where each parent can pause and breathe in the anticipation for this memorable moment.

Mom goes to the sacred birth room to prepare for the ritual of birth. She enters the well-lit sacred birth room full of pure light. Her court of guides and angels are all in the room preparing and adorning her.

Just before coming to this Holy space she was primed wearing only her sacred cloak. Usual in color, exposing the back, a one size fit all kind of hospital cotton cloth to the untrained eye. But if one was to look really closely at the fibers, one would be aware of the many brave women who have come before and wore this cloak, sweated and feared and braved there way as a birthing women only wearing this cloak and their wrist bangles identifying them by name. Her team ready an elixir to allow for the sacred birth to take place in the most humane and loving way, as she is coached to sit on the side of the bed, tucks and curls her spin. Steadily and in utter stillness she is prepared to receive the elixir that will allow her to stay present for this sacred passage way. The elixir enters in and she begins to feel the numbing effects and is now being watched for, monitored and cared for more closely.

As many warriors prepare for a hero’s journey her body also continues to be primed from her court, she is honorable shaved, and her body prepared with a catheter for her urine.

Now fully prepared with her birthing cloak, name tag wrist bangle and other necessary adorning ornaments that will act as vital signs from her body to others during the ceremony, she moves to the beautiful birth alter. Hear her court preps her belly with the iodine ceremonial paint. The anesthesiologist is her guardian angel and stands at her head protecting her from pain and protecting her breath of life. Equipped with many supplies just for her, he is. She is not alone the room. It is full of guides and angels that are their just for her and her baby.

"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong." ~Laura Stavoe Harm

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Birth through a Cesarean Opening

Her body is now completely prepared for her heroic birth, shaved, thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. She now becomes properly draped with many cloths that act as monochromatic tapestries offering her further nobility and protection to this sacred birth. Her partner is beckoned and comes into the ceremonial room. He too has been prepared with gowns, hats and a mask. He can now sit next to her, kiss her and hold her hand. Together they bring their love into this room and fill the room with anticipation. Her arms a placed on boards wide open to receive her baby, and to do what all women ultimately need to do in birth, completely Open. Not just the body, beyond that, the heart needs to open and expand beyond its known capacity. And like all birthing mothers she feels a wide range of emotions, relief, sadness, joy for the arrival of her baby. Her body may shake, her eyes tearful, her stomach may be nausea, her head my ache, all normal part of birthing.

Within moments she suddenly feels the pushing and tugging and the baby is birthed from her body as she physically, spiritually and psychological pushes her baby out of her womb. The babe is lifted up over her draping clothes for her and her partner to view. Than the newborn goes with his sentinels and is warmed and cared for as he transitions into this world. Mom is also transitioning into a newborn mother. She can continue to sends radiant love from her heart to her baby's. Dad can go to go to the baby and describe everything he can see to mom, including how many fingers and toes, and color hair.

Mom continues to be carefully watched over from her anesthesiologist and her court witness her placenta being born and her after birth body is delicately looked after. Her team and dad bring the baby over to mom and they get to bond and smell, touch and hear each other. Pictures of this first union are often snapped documenting this Holy time. So brief is their first encounter, as the heroine is summoned to finish her birth journey and her baby is taken to the sacred nursery to be looked after.

As she continues to rests on the ceremonial altar, her birthing body begins to close and mend as she is stitched. Healing immediately begins the moment her sutures go in. Her strong abdominal and uterine muscles begin to mend back together. Laying there she can send her brave body much love and admiration for she did a marvelous, miraculous thing. She cared for and gestate her baby for a long duration, she birthed her baby, in an ultimate sacrifice of laying down her body on the birth altar and opening up beyond her natural capabilities. She was pushed to open more fuller more deeply than maybe imagined.

She is a woman,

She is a woman, who birthed her baby,

She is a woman who birthed her baby through a cesarean opening

She is a woman who birthed her baby.

Her body is magnificent and miraculous

Her body is beautiful and feminine

Her body gave birth to her baby.


Did reading this guided imagery shift your perspective on the strength and power a women has when she births through cesarean?

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I have much respect for women for they are strong. Nurturing a child in them is no easy feat. Likewise, giving birth is an ordeal both emotional and physically streneous. As a father and husband, it's really scary to see my wife go through all the pain. My wife's strength is truly admirable. Kudos to all mothers out there.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Thank you for this very interesting hub as I had Caesarian birth although, my baby is now 23!

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      Karen Metz 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! I have had both vaginal as well as cesarean births. I do not think a woman should be ashamed or feel like she did anything wrong if a c-section is needed, both produces a beautiful baby in the end! My only recommendation is that a women make sure that a c-section is given for good "necessary" medical reasons because the procedure does weaken the uterus and is harder on the body. Thanks again, for a great hub!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you all for taking the time to stop by and read this hub. I appreciate your comments and recognizing the strength and profound birth experience a cesarean birth can have.

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      houseofjcjee 4 years ago from Philippines

      When I had our first baby, I wanted to give birth in a pool or tub; unfortunately, it did not push through as something happened during the labor period and I had to undergo emergency CS. For our succeeding babies, I had no other option but to give birth through C-section as well.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Unfortunately, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean or VBAC is not always practiced, however, times are changing and statistics show that having a VBAC can be safe for the mother and baby. You are a courageous women for birthing through 3 cesarean's houseofjcjee.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      This line, "She cared for and gestated her baby for a long duration, she birthed her baby, in an ultimate sacrifice of laying down her body on the birth altar and opening up beyond her natural capabilities. She was pushed to open more fuller more deeply than maybe imagined."

      Such a precious way to view C-sections for those who feel like they "failed" when trying to give birth naturally. They really did have to "open" up more to their expectations, disappointment, etc. to sacrifice their own view of birth for the sake of new life. It's profound. Amazing Carly.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Indeed Julie! Thank you for reiterating this very important point. Opening up to birth a baby is beyond the physical anatomy of a women. Her heart, mind, soul and even dreams of what a 'perfect' birth would look like all need to open.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is a great hub article for women who have had cesarean births and also for those who may have to undergo this birth process. This is comforting to those women who need to hear how much a woman she truly is for opening up life using cesarean.

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      Megan Harvison 4 years ago from SW Florida

      Your survey that asks about a traumatic c section. I have a hub detailing my entire emergency c section story. My goal was a natural childbirth and it ended far from that.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Ahhh, Learning in life, I am sorry that happened to you. Birth is so unpredictable. I am glad you had the resources available to support you and your baby. I will read your hug about your emergency cesarean birth soon.

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