In the Operating Room


“Smiling Docs” This picture means a lot to me. Having a cesarean was my worst-case scenario and it came true, but this photo shows that my daughter was born into kindness and love. To be able to see the doctors’ eyes crinkled with smiles at her as they hold her (allowing the cord to stop pulsing before they cut it, at our request) is healing for me. —Amanda, mother of Ardis (born 2012), NY


“First Touch” The first moment I kissed my daughter. It was not how I imagined it would be, but it was still so sweet. Our midwife was in the OR with us and captured this– the first time the three of us were all together.