WARNING: This article contains images of a real birth and may cause discomfort in some people.
During childbirth, everyone is excited for the moment the baby will give their first signs of life and there are currently many professionals responsible for recording this precious moment.
Doula and birth photographer Samantha Garcia Gagnon, was surprised by a rare event while she was photographing a birth: the baby greeted the world by showing his face first.
Birth picture with face presentation
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Samantha, who created the The Maya's Nest Birth Services project, shot the exact moment when the baby was born. But unlike anything she had ever seen in all the other births she photographed, he came into the world showing his face.
In an interview to VIX, the Canadian professional talked about her experience during such an unusual moment and debunked the myth that a baby positioned like that could not have been born in a natural way or without an episiotomy.
“I love this picture so much because I understand how rare it is and because it shows the amazing things our body can do... A healthy baby, who was born very fast, from a mother who was not medicated, with an intact perineum, and to have a camera there is a unique moment in the career of a doula and birth photographer", she says.
Is a birth with face presentation common?
The birth of a baby occurs according to how they are positioned in their mother's womb. If they appear face-first, they are in a position doctors call deflected cephalic presentation.
According to Dr. Renato Ajeje, an OB/GYN member of the Febrasgo (Brazilian Federation of Obstetrics & Gynecology Association), this position is extremely rare, occurring in only 0.1% of births.
“In this case, the diameter required for the baby to pass through the birth canal is 3 to 4 inches, just like any other position. However, face presentation is less favorable than the vertex presentation (head), which increases the difficulty for this specific type of labor", he says.
Despite taking longer and requiring more work, the expert says that this type of birth is not considered a risk. What may occur is just a temporary swelling of the baby's face caused by the movements while coming out of the birth canal.