Cesarean Art exhibition

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  3. by   MS._Jen_RN
    Interesting. Obiously very talented & sensitive. I found some of the images haunting, but in a way beautiful.
  4. by   EricJRN
    Reminds me of the 1991 C&C Music Factory song, Things That Make You Go Hmm.
  5. by   tinyscrafts
    I wish all maternity care providers could see those.
  6. by   canoehead
    Pretty clearly she had an ideal birth planned in her head, and it sure didn't happen. I wonder if she got treated within a reasonable amount of time for her depression, but with a doc who said she was cutting open her own scar, well it doesn't look promising.

    I hope she can move past it all.
  7. by   NurseCard
    Wow..... very, very disturbing. And very recent. This appears to be someone still in the grips of severe post partum depression. Very scary.

    Being an artist, and one who has not really created in some time.. I have lots of feelings towards this person. Envy, for being able to create so much fantastic work in a rather short time. Pity, because they are obviously going through seven kinds of hell. And anger, for the fact that she does not even mention the children or how they are doing; only herself. And yes, I know that is what depression can do to a person.
  8. by   NurseCard
    Okay, I went and read the site a little bit more, and I understand better that she's using the site to release all of her anger and it says nothing about how she feels about her children. (Plus I read her "disclaimer" part) So, less anger towards her, more understanding.

    Just... wow. I sit here and think about what it was like for me to have a C section. Honestly not that huge of a deal for me, but I know that I would really like to try a VBAC with my next child and it may or may not happen. =(
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Haunting indeed and she is very talented.

    However, I do not share her vision of her cesareans and I have had a cesarean.

    I had three vaginal natural deliveries and then got preggers in my 40's with my last child. He is 4 1/2 now. I had become a nurse since the deliveries of my other kids. I've smelled burning flesh from the cautery. I've seen uterus' lifted from the abdomen. I've watched babies born.

    I actually wished for a cesarean - so I wouldn't have to go through the pain of labor again - the way it feels to me to have my body taken over by an unseen force, so to speak, that I can do nothing about . .that was awful. I ended up with an emergency cesarean due to complications. Funny, be careful what you wish for.

    Actually, the surgery was no big deal for me. My son was whisked off to the NICU for a couple of hours but came to me and I breastfed him right away.

    I do remember that first shower though - that photo did say alot about how it felt - really good to feel the warm water but you definitely noticed that you had an incision.

    Everyone experiences this differently - I give her credit for doing something creative with her anger.

    But I'd have a cesarean again in a heartbeat . . . if I got preggers that is. And I'm pretty old to do that now.

    Thanks for this - where did you come across it anyway anon?

  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on May 4, '06
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Ick. Sorry, not what i call art.
  12. by   prmenrs
    I guess I'm fairly horrified that she seems to have had such a traumatic experience, but gratified @ the same time because she is using her artistic skill to deal w/an apparently very painful episode in her life.

    If it helps her get past it, great; I only hope this art project doesn't enable her to continue to "pick" @ the wound. I wish her the best.
  13. by   UM Review RN
    Having also been treated like a piece of meat while undergoing painful and disfiguring medical procedures that I barely understood (due to anesthesia), I understand and sympathize with this woman.

    There's the intellectual component, which tells us that a procedure is necessary, and then there's the baser, emotional self, which says Oh, you aren't coming near ME with that knife!

    It's hard for some of us to look at ourselves afterward and not feel terribly violated, no matter how emergent the situation. I don't think it means she's mentally ill.

    I do think her images are tasteful, evocative of the depersonalization of a clinical procedure, yet they tell the story.

    Feel free to disagree. Art is a personal experience, not a formula.
  14. by   Selke
    Quote from stevielynn

    Thanks for this - where did you come across it anyway anon?

    Someone posted it to an oby-gyne listserv. I think it's approprate to share with others who care for childbearing women. Think of the escalating c-section rate and the long term impact that's going to have on American women .... I was very moved and disturbed by it, but I love art and the way it can be used to portray intense embodied experiences. (I hope in my next life I'll be an artist ....) The "recipe" was powerful -- I've never thought of a pregnant woman as "unpitted." I'd never looked at a c-section that way before (I've never had one) but I can understand this type of response to creatively master the experience. But I've had spinal surgery and loved Frida Kahlo's paintings about her spinal surgery, as a similar example, as empowering and an antidote to shame at one's body. It really stirred up a lot of feelings among the OBs, midwives, and RNs on that list. Images are powerful stuff. I'd rather look at this art than the Britney Spears on a bearskin rug sculpture.

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