Trigger Warning & Disclaimer:

The poem is about my “birth experience” by c-section. I do understand that c-section is a life-saving procedure for both the mother and baby and I am not against it. I just believe in many cases in India it is unwarranted. Do not read, if pregnant or if you think you cannot handle it.

c-section birth experience poem

O Joy!

I don a pastel green gown
and wheel down a powder blue tunnel
into a whitewashed freezer.

I am bent over
like a catapult ready to be sprung
and pricked,
statued from waist down
on a cushioned crucifix.

I am face up
staring into blinding headlights,
As the curtains go up
for the big reveal.
Not for my eyes.

I grab on
to the nearest masked for company
as oxygen and chatter
fill me,
seconds inch snail-ly.

At last.
A cry.
O joy!
Happiest moment of my life.

©Namratha Varadharajan




Though this poem is written from my perspective of a “what I think was an unnecessary” c-section, or how I mourn the loss of an empowering birthing experience: this post is not about me. Nor is it about the rise of c-section rates or the various reasons for it: doctors practicing preventive safe medicine because they are crucified otherwise, or the system, or the family pressure, or the money involved. Let’s talk about something positive. Today, I would like to introduce you to two organizations: Birth India and Birth Village who are trying to revolutionize the experience of birth and take it back to how it was a couple of generations ago: natural and safe. 

Birth India:

Birth India is an organization founded by Ruth Malik, an Australian national residing in India since 1996, after two unnecessary c-sections. It helps women to make informed choices as well as helps them in selecting skilled, respectful care providers for women during their birthing year. I had interviewed a Doula, a very friendly woman called Millena, for my blog last year and that is how I discovered this useful support group.

Visit their website to know more about them:

To educate yourself more about birth and birthing practices their facebook page is a great resource.

Birth Village:

Birth Village is a natural birthing center located in Kochi which operates on the philosophy that healthy women with well-equipped support can give birth without obstetrics interventions. They provide the option of water birth and also have a high VBACs(Vaginal Birth after C-sections) rate.

Visit their website to know more about them:

To read birth stories that are transformational do look them up on facebook.

For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. But, this one post deviates from my original idea of the theme! Read all the other posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.


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7 thoughts on “O Joy! : Inspired by Birth India and Birth Village @BirthIndiaOrg @Birthvillage1 #AtoZChallenge #BlogChatterAtoZ #NaPoWriMo

    • April 17, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      I believe revenue is not the only cause Rohan . There is an increase in practice of preventive or medicine. My doc told me herself that they dont wait here for more than 40 weeks because at the slightest complication the patients blame the doctors here.

  • April 17, 2018 at 6:01 am

    I have had the experience of both natural and c-section with my kids. First was natural and 2nd was c-section. I can relate to your poem. Both are equally joyous, and both equally tiring, and both fulfilling. Never have a single doubt about your motherhood/womanhood just because of a c-section.

    • April 17, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      That is wonderful Meena. Both are just different. I just wish the medical system was wired a bit different


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