Saturday, September 5, 2009

Unnecesarean




I found this at Gloria Lemay's blog and found it very powerful.

7 comments:

Breanne said...

I'm not sure I get it?

melissa said...

the seeds are healthy but the apple is ripped to bits.

Breanne said...

Ohhhh...but why the Unnecesarean part?

melissa said...

the unnecesarean was something I meant to explain, but forgot to. #1, the original photo was from a birth issues blog titled 'unnecesarean,' which I meant to reference. #2, I wanted to build up to another post about cesareans, especially my own in light of the SOGCs breech birth recommendation reversal. #3, a woman who feels her cesarean was NOT necessary may quite well feel her own bodily integrity to have been sacrificed in the name of her baby's health, but at a great cost to herself, but feel pressure to be grateful for said cesarean because a "good mom" wants only what is best for her offspring, and never considers herself. Which is of course a cultural myth, since non medically indicated cesareans pose greater health risks for babies as well as moms. But the cultural belief is that they are as safe or safer than nature's design, and moms who question this cultural belief feel guilty that they may be perceived as committing an act of selfishness at the expense of their baby's health.

Sorry about the ambiguity! Hope it's clearer now!

melissa said...

remember, I am talking about non medically indicated cesareans, here.

Louise and Gary Chapman said...

Oh boy....not sure how I feel about this! I totally understand that C-sections are given way more than they need to be (prob. more so in the U.S?) with the common line, `all that matters is a healthy kid in the end' BUT I did not feel like that apple at all. I have a tiny little scar and that's totally okay with me! I'm thankful for it..every day when I look in the mirror, it's my little reminder of the blessings I've been given.

melissa said...

I don't think the art is intended to be descriptive of all cesareans. Two people can have the same experience and feel totally differently about it. AND not everyone has an uncomplicated c-section. Women wind up with infections, sepsis, hemorrhage, disfigurement, admission to hospital or ICU for treatment, hystorectomies, bowel obstructions, pulmonary emboli, deep vein thrombosis, bladder/bowel/ovarian/arterial/venus laceration by scalpals, future pregnancy complications such as placenta previa, placenta abruptio, uterine rupture, bed rest, and all the possible implications of another abdominal surgery the next time they give birth.
Not everyone has a good experience or comes away 100% healthy. And those who do sometimes feel a good amount of grief or violation. I think it is healthy to express such emotions through art, and it is good to discuss such issues as much as possible.
It doesn't mean that grief or violation is universal.