Parents

13 Photos That Show What Home Birth Is Actually Like

This is the real deal and it is definitely NSFW.

Brazilian photographer Line Sena, 33, has put together an ​​impressive and uncompromising collection of photos of women who chose to give birth at home.

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Sena told BuzzFeed Espanol that she started the project because of her own experiences as a mother.

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“The first contact with this was when I had my son David in my house,” Sena said. “He is 5 years old now. The midwife knew that a journalist wanted to write about it. She asked if she could see and photograph the birth. I said yes.”

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Sena is currently a member of The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) and mother of two children.

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“I knew I wanted a normal, natural birth,” Sena said. “I started researching and learned that the rate of cesarean births in Brazil is much higher than what’s recommended by the World Health Organization.”

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She said it happens — not because women want them — but because of faults within the Brazilian medical system, resulting in unnecessary treatments for women.

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Sena said she chose to have her son at home with the help of a midwife, only going to the hospital if necessary.

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“Feelings and relationships between people during childbirth inspire me. Not only feelings of love, but also of fear and insecurity,” Sena said. “How a woman deals with the pain.”

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“The closeness that’s forged with your partner, the strength, patience, gratitude, and the bond that is created with your birth team,” she said.

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Sena said that for her, there’s nothing more beautiful and intense than the birth of a child.

“It’s a constant learning,” she said.

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“In a way, I feel I can relive my own experience with each photographic series.”

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There are, obviously, possible risks with home birth. It is advisable to consult with medical professionals in your own country when considering a home birth.

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