C-section art exhibit sheds light on emotional toll of birth
Nearly a third of all births in the United States are by C-section -- an all time high. The rates have increased steadily over the years, sparking debate and concern for some time with critics saying that too many mothers and their babies are exposed to major surgery.
Now, a group that advocates for preventing unnecessary cesareans aims to shed light on what they call the emotional and physical consequences of the procedure with a new art exhibit in Baltimore.The exhibit, called "Cesarean Voices" offers raw portrayals of physical pain, feelings of disconnectedness from the baby, and isolation, according to the International Cesarean Awareness Network, whose Baltimore chapter is sponsoring the exhibit.
While C-sections can be life-saving, some are unnecessary and the effects can linger for a woman, the group says.
“Women are essentially hushed by their friends, families and physicians when they try to convey that their cesarean left them in pain, with complications, or with emotional consequences ranging from lingering disappointment to full blown post-traumatic stress,” said Barbara Stratton, co-leader for the ICAN of Baltimore chapter in Maryland. “We wanted to give women an outlet to share and validate their experiences."The opening reception for the exhibit will take place next Thurs. April 29 from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. with a discussion at 7:45 p.m. at Christian Temple Christian Church, 5820 Edmondson Ave, Baltimore. You can view the exhibit thereafter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 and May 1.