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List of the best C-section birth quotes for 2024

Unlike a natural birth, women rarely dream about the perfect caesarean birth (!), often recommended to us on medical grounds or forced upon us in the form of an emergency c-section, it can feel like the decision is taken out of our hands and its something that simply happens to us.

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Emergency and unplanned c-sections quotes
Elective and planned c-sections quotes
CBAC (c-section birth after c-section) quotes

I have ‘successfully’ completed both c-section options, so can totally relate to some of the feelings and thoughts you may be having. In 2020, following a smooth pregnancy, I was induced due to a last minute liver condition diagnosis (OC) and after a very long and painful 3 days I was rushed into an emergency c-section because they thought I had sepsis (thankfully I didn’t, but we still had to have a 5 day stint in hospital while Theo had the remainder of the precautionary antibiotics- during Covid). In 2022, due to the last minute complications of my first pregnancy, I opted for an elective c-section. It couldn’t have been more different from my first. We had a lovely family supper the night before, got an early night, air wrapped my hair in the morning and off we trundled into theatre listening to Walking on Sunshine.

Anyway back to the c-section quotes. I have always loved a good quote (they literally got me through my marathons – “each step I do is one less I have to do!”) and when it came to giving birth, it was no different. So whether you are searching for c section mother quotes to find inspiration for what to write in a friend’s new baby card or unplanned c-section quotes for try to make sense of what you have been through, I hope you find something that you resonate with.

What makes a good quote about birth?

Ultimately one, that speak to you. No pregnancy is the same, and no birth is the same. Read through these, ignore the ones that don’t chime and read and re-read the ones that speak to you <3

Whether you knew you wanted a c-section before you got pregnant, have elected for c-section for reasons beyond your control or ended up having an emergency c-section, take a read of these…

Emergency c-section quotes

In the unpredictable journey of motherhood, some women face the unexpected path of an emergency cesarean section.

I’ve put together a selection of emergency c-section quotes that I resonated with after my emergency c-section and that highlight the courage and resilience displayed by mothers navigating emergency c-sections.

I especially like the last one about mourning what could have been and not to let anyone tell you your feelings are not valid ❤

  • “An unplanned c-section is the first of a series of lessons about your new life as a parent. You are no longer in control, not everything will go as planned, but you will do whatever you can to keep your children safe and healthy.”- Unknown
  • “In the journey of motherhood, the path may differ, but the destination is the same – endless love for your child.” – Unknown
  • “In this way, every birth is a natural birth: each of us is part of nature, not separate from it, and nature is always stunning in its variety. Your birth, then, is part of the natural world, however it unfolds.”- Lauralyn Curtis
  • “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”- Rajneesh
  • “It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labour, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further. We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement. . . The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love.”- Dr. Grantly Dick-Read
  • “I didn’t choose to have a C-section. I chose to do whatever it took to get my baby out healthy and safe.”- Unknown
  • “My C-section scar is a mark of our survival. If I didn’t have this scar, I might not have my baby with me right now.”- Unknown
  • “There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.”- Laura Stavoe Harm
  • “I don’t need a tattoo to permanently mark my body with a symbol of my child; I have a C-section scar.”- Unknown
  • “We are strong; we are brave; we laid our bodies down for the safety of our children. We have scars and we wear them with pride!”- Unknown
  • “I love my baby so much, that I will do anything to get my baby out of my body alive. Lay me out, cut me open, because my baby is worth it.”- Unknown
  • “So the question remains. Is childbirth painful? Yes. It can be, along with a thousand amazing sensations for which we have yet to find adequate language. Every birth is different, and every woman’s experience and telling of her story will be unique.”- Marcie Macari
  • “Coming to terms with an unplanned C-section is a genuine grieving process. I didn’t have the birth of my dreams; I lost those first minutes with my child in my arms; and my body was scarred in ways I never expected.”- Unknown
  • “Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever.  Passing through these powerful gates – in her own way – remembering all the generations of women who walk with her… She is never alone.”- Suzanne Arms
  • “Motherhood is so much more than the day your baby is born. Your birth experience does not define you; giving birth is not the endgame.”- Unknown
  • “Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defence, and as courageous as either one.”- Gloria Steinem
  • “A caesarean section isn’t the easy way out; it’s the way out that needed to happen for the safety of mother and child.”- Unknown
  • “My scar tells a story – a story of love, sacrifice, and the incredible strength it takes to bring life into this world.”- Unknown
  • “The birth of a child is a profound moment, no matter the method. Embrace your unique journey, for it is yours and yours alone.”- Unknown
  • “The best kind of birth is the one that brings a healthy baby and a happy mum. Let go of judgment; celebrate every mother’s journey.”- Unknown
  • “The war scar my C-section left behind is just a reminder of the amazing moment I became a mum.”- Unknown
  • “I never wanted a C-section scar on my body. Now that I have one, I wear it proudly. It is a symbol of my strength and proof of when I became a mother.”- Unknown
  • “How would I describe my C-section scar? Worth it.”- Unknown
  • “Whether your baby is born vaginally or via caesarean, both require strength and courage.”- Unknown
  • “No matter how a baby comes into the world it’s a special delivery.”- Unknown
  • “It’s ok to mourn your hopes for a vaginal birth. Don’t let anyone tell you that your feelings of loss are not valid just because they don’t understand.”- Unknown

Elective c-sections quotes

Motherhood is a deeply personal journey, and for some, it involves the intentional choice of an elective cesarean section.

This can be purely out of choice or on more medical grounds. For example I have OC in my first pregnancy and after that labour vowed never to be induced again so opted for an elective the second time round.

I’ve curated empowering quotes that capture the essence of choice, empowerment, and the profound love that drives these decisions.

  • “In the journey of motherhood, the path may differ, but the destination is the same – endless love for your child.” – Unknown
  • “In this way, every birth is a natural birth: each of us is part of nature, not separate from it, and nature is always stunning in its variety. Your birth, then, is part of the natural world, however it unfolds.”- Lauralyn Curtis
  • “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”- Rajneesh
  • “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is show up for your child in a way you didn’t originally plan.”- Nora McInerny
  • “To the woman having a scheduled C-section: I know it’s not easier, knowing what lies ahead. Stay calm, think positively, and hear this: you’re a badass mother.”- Unknown
  • “It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labour, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further. We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement. . . The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love.”- Dr. Grantly Dick-Read
  • “How would I describe my C-section scar? Worth it.”- Unknown
  • “There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.”- Laura Stavoe Harm
  • “I don’t need a tattoo to permanently mark my body with a symbol of my child; I have a C-section scar.”- Unknown
  • “So the question remains. Is childbirth painful? Yes. It can be, along with a thousand amazing sensations for which we have yet to find adequate language. Every birth is different, and every woman’s experience and telling of her story will be unique.”- Marcie Macari
  • “Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever.  Passing through these powerful gates – in her own way – remembering all the generations of women who walk with her… She is never alone.”- Suzanne Arms
  • “Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defence, and as courageous as either one.”- Gloria Steinem
  • “My scar tells a story – a story of love, sacrifice, and the incredible strength it takes to bring life into this world.”- Unknown
  • “The birth of a child is a profound moment, no matter the method. Embrace your unique journey, for it is yours and yours alone.”- Unknown
  • “We are strong; we are brave; we laid our bodies down for the safety of our children. We have scars and we wear them with pride!”- Unknown
  • “The best kind of birth is the one that brings a healthy baby and a happy mum. Let go of judgment; celebrate every mother’s journey.”- Unknown
  • “Whether your baby is born vaginally or via caesarean, both require strength and courage.”- Unknown
  • “No matter how a baby comes into the world it’s a special delivery.”- Unknown

CBAC c-section quotes

Motherhood is a transformative journey, and for some, it involves the unique experience of Cesarean Birth After Cesarean (CBAC).

I’ve curated a collection of motivational CBAC quotes that highlight the courage, adaptability, and unbreakable bond between a mother and her child.

Join us as we honour the diverse narratives of mothers navigating the unpredictable path of childbirth.

Let these CBAC quotes to inspire, empower, and celebrate the strength that defines the remarkable tapestry of motherhood.

  • “Who is to say why things happen. What my CBAC taught me is to be more compassionate and not as judgmental and “one-size-fits-all” in my beliefs about birth.”- Unknown
  • “The lesson I learned from my “failed” VBAC was that it’s not so much about “success” or “failure” but about the willingness to heal and the courage to find a different path. For me, it became more about the journey instead of the destination.”– Kmom
  • “We try to do everything we can to prepare and it always seems like we can find one more thing we could have done differently but the fact is, birth is bigger than us or our doctors and sometimes stuff happens that no one can control. And sometimes we just aren’t the people then we are now. Sometimes someone is at fault, and sometimes someone isn’t.”– Gretchen Humphries
  • “It’s often the case that an unresolved trauma can resurface and bite us in the bum when we encounter a different trauma, later on. Sometimes thinking about the common elements between the two experiences, or asking yourself, “If there was something in common between these two experiences, it would be…” can help.  Finding the root and cutting it often offers surprise healing in places we didn’t even know we were hurt.“– Hope Nesmith
  • “Effort does not always equal outcome. Give yourself credit for that effort, and don’t boil it all down to (and don’t let anyone else boil it all down to) the moment of birth alone.”– Melek S.
  • Your CBAC is a chapter in your story, not the entire book. The plot is filled with strength, courage, and the indomitable love you have for your child.
  • “It seems incredible that the disappointment and hurt caused by a cesarean could be healed by a second cesarean, but that is exactly what happened.  I faced head-on the very thing I feared most, and by changing my perceptions and taking control, I had the best birth for my baby and for me.“– Catherine Harper
  • In the face of a CBAC, a mother’s resilience shines brighter than any fear or regret.
  • A CBAC is not a compromise; it’s a testament to adaptability, courage, and the unwavering pursuit of a safe birth.
  • Embrace the strength it takes to navigate a different birth path. Your journey is uniquely yours, and every step is a victory.
  • A CBAC is not a failure; it’s a display of tenacity, a testament to the incredible lengths you go for the love of your child.
  • The scar of a CBAC is a mark of courage, a symbol of the fierce love that brought your child into this world.
  • A CBAC is a reminder that every birth is a heroic journey, regardless of the route taken. You are a birthing warrior.
  • In the face of unexpected turns, a CBAC reveals the profound strength that lies within every mother’s heart.
  • Your CBAC is a part of your journey, a testament to the flexibility and strength required for the unpredictable path of motherhood.
  • The journey to motherhood is not defined by the method but by the love, resilience, and bravery you bring to each moment, including a CBAC.
  • A CBAC is a triumph, a showcase of the incredible strength it takes to bring a child into this world, regardless of the method.
  • The journey to motherhood is a collection of stories, and a CBAC is a unique chapter filled with strength, courage, and love.
  • A CBAC is not a detour; it’s a path chosen for the safety and well-being of both you and your baby. Celebrate the journey, even if its not what you would have chosen.
  • In the face of unexpected twists, a CBAC is an opportunity to redefine what it means to be a powerful and resilient mother.
  • Your CBAC story is a narrative of adaptability, strength, and the unyielding spirit of motherhood. Own it with pride.
  • Every CBAC is a triumph, a showcase of the incredible strength it takes to bring a child into this world, regardless of the method.
  • In the tapestry of motherhood, a CBAC is a unique thread, woven with courage, resilience, and the unbreakable bond between mother and child.
  • A CBAC is not a deviation from the plan; it’s an alternate route filled with strength, courage, and an abundance of love.

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