A Tamworth couple have lifted the curtain on cesarean births, allowing a film crew an all access pass to pave the way for thousands of future families.
Erin and Troy Carroll agreed to the process, after feeling like they “were going in a bit blind” to the c-section birth of their first son Nash three years ago.
The film was a collaboration between Hunter New England Health and Birth Beat, and will be used as an education tool in prenatal classes for both services.
“When we were told we needed a c-section last time there wasn’t really any information out there,” Mrs Carroll said.
“We were a bit scared, nervous and didn’t really know what to expect, but ended up having a fantastic experience.
“The second time we were calm, relaxed and knew what to expect, which is why we were happy to do the video – we wanted to help fill that missing piece of the puzzle between the prenatal class and a cesar birth.”
Birth Beat founder Edwina Sharrock not only wants to use the video to educate parents, but to also break down the stigma around c-section births.
“I think the film will take the fear away of what is behind those closed theatre doors and reveal that it is not that scary at all,” she said.
“There is also a stigma around cesarean births that they are not as good, or as healthy, as natural births, but that is wrong – one third of all births in Australia are c-section.
“There is no better or worse way – we need to look at birth as birth however it happens – it’s a beautiful thing.”
Like most soon-to-be fathers Troy was also in the dark first time round, but agreed to take part in the filming in the hope that other father’s “can have a bit more knowledge about what to expect, when you see your wife, or partner, and child in that situation.”
On Thursday October 11 the Carroll family introduced a very happy and healthy Darcy Les Carroll into the world.
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