Midwife Delivers Her OWN C-Section Birth!

March 13, 2018
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We always seem to find the most beautiful stories on  Love What Matters and this one is no different – submitted by Sarah Hill of Sarah Hill Photography in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. 

Read all about this magnificent moment shared:

“This was by far one of the most incredible days of my life. My amazing midwife, Emily Dial, not only had a C-section, but SHE PULLED THE BABY OUT HERSELF! It was unreal. To say that she is amazing, is an understatement. She was meant to bring babies into this world and didn’t let a little thing like a C-section stop her from delivering her own.

 Emily and I met 3 years ago when I was pregnant with my son and she was assigned to me as my midwife. Immediately we hit it off and she became one of my biggest cheerleaders and an amazing friend. As soon as she found out she was expecting, she asked me to photograph the birth. She told me she planned on pulling the baby out herself during her planned C-section and of course I was all for it!Emily and her husband, Daniel, had their first C-section on May 17, 2012. The baby had a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. (Basically, he didn’t have the left side of his diaphragm and his bowel and liver were herniated into his chest and would not allow his lungs to grow). He was born at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital at full term.


‘I elected to have a C-section so I could be close to him in the hospital, rather than be induced across town and him being immediately transferred,’ Emily recalled.

Despite surgeries however, Grayson died at 10 days old.Emily had her second C-section on September 9, 2013. They welcomed their beautiful daughter, Ella, who has been so excited to be a big sister!

We had it all planned out since Emily works at the hospital. It made it even more special that she works beside her delivery team every day. As soon as I arrived I could feel the love in the room. Nurses, doctors, anesthesiologists eagerly came in and took guesses if it was going to be a boy or a girl because what’s more exciting than pulling out your own baby if you also don’t know the sex?Emma Kaye Dial was born at 11:17 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces. I overheard Emily say when they announced the time that the number 17 was special to them because Greyson had been born on the 17th. I think it was just a little reminder from him.‘It was truly a full circle moment,’ said Emily.


‘It was tying together the two things I love the most: my family and my career. It truly was one of the happiest moments of my life. I felt so supported by everyone in the room. My physicians are not only my colleagues but my friends, which made it all the more special. Even more, not knowing the baby’s gender before the birth made the experience all the more monumental.’I have been overwhelmed by the love for these images I shared! My post on my photography page says this has reached 73,000 people. It’s been liked over 2,000 times collectively on the photography groups I’ve shared it in, and shared countless times! I’m blown away. The biggest thing I’ve taken away from sharing these since yesterday is the overwhelming response with how much this has touched other C-section mommas. I’ve cried reading that this gave them insight to what their birth was like since they couldn’t see it or participate in it.”

Absolutely beautiful!


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