Things don’t always go to plan.
Most mothers will tell pregnant women with a birth plan: that calm, tinkly-music-filled, pain-killer-free natural birthing experience you’ve devised? It might not go down quite like that.
It certainly didn’t for one of Helen Carmina‘s clients.
The UK-based photographer shot a pregnant woman weeks before she was due to give birth who confided in Carmina that she was absolutely terrified at the possibility of having to have a C-section.
After the woman went into labour, though, she began to lose a lot of blood and an emergency C-section was the only option to save both her and her baby.
Following the birth, the woman asked Carmina to photograph her C-section scar and her new, healthy baby boy.
“She asked me to come over this morning and shoot this particular image as her worst nightmare proved to be what saved her and her son’s lives,” Carmina wrote in the caption accompanying the image on her Facebook page.
The touching image prompted an immediate response, garnering 80,681 likes, 21,06 shares and countless comments.
Generally, the comments are positive, with other women who have also experienced C-sections praising the picture.
Natalie Harris wrote, “What a brave and wonderful woman to be photographed like this. Before my baby was born, I had been ignorant to the possibility that I may have to have an emergency section to save my baby. Three months on and I’m struggling to come to terms with how I look and how my scar feels but seeing women like her and such positive views from other women who have been through the same makes it easier.”