Raw Photos Of C-Section Newborns Destroy Warm And Fuzzy Concept Of Childbirth
A mewling little thing, covered in blood and whatever vernix. That‘s how baby looks like the first moments of his life and Christian Berthelot hell bent on showing that to the world. In his series called „Cesar“ – aptly named after the procedure used to bring all of his „little models“ into the world – all baby photographs are taken 3 to 18 minutes after the newborns are lifted out of their mothers.It took Christian six months of training to eventually be let in the operating room and observe the miracle of birth through his camera lens.
Many people don’t like the photographs, some claiming they look unreal. But Christian thinks that it‘s important for people to see birth like it is – full of blood and fluids and crying. More than that, he finds it beautiful.
“When I saw [my son] for the first time, he was bloodied and covered in this white substance called vernix,” Berthelot recalls his first time seeing a baby delivered via a Cesarean. “He was like a warrior who has just won his first battle, like an angel out of darkness. What a joy to hear him scream”.
So far, 40 women agreed to let him take pictures of their newly emergent goblin champion. The whole lot of them can be seen (in pictures) at the Circulation(s) festival in Paris, running until March 5, 2015.
Leanne – 13 seconds after birth
Liza – 3 seconds after birth
Steven – 15 seconds after birth
Kevin – 13 seconds after birth
Mael – 18 seconds after birth
Louann – 14 seconds after birth
Lize – 9 seconds after birth
Margaux – 7 seconds after birth
Chloé – 11 seconds after birth
Romane – 8 seconds after birth