12/14/2016 01:55 EST

C-Section Photos Prove The Parent-Baby Bond Is Real

Breaking the C-section stigma one photo at a time.

Even though C-section births are on the rise, the stigma remains.

Women who give birth via caesarean often have to endure comments like "you didn't really give birth" and "real moms push." While these words are hurtful, untrue and really not helpful, C-section moms and dads can rest assured that the bond with their baby is just as strong.

Just take a look at these incredible birth photos of the moment parents met their babies.

"Our sweet baby waited patiently while we figured it out and exhausted every option. She was so strong and endured everything with me."

We welcomed our fiercely strong little GIRL into the world yesterday at 4:24pm. After over 100 hours of labor... never have I fought so hard for anything like I have to become a mother. Went into labor last Tuesday night. Had contractions 4 minutes apart for nearly 12 hours. Water finally broke on its own Wednesday night at 9:30pm thought that was our golden ticket for things to start picking up... continued laboring at home for another 2 days. Dragging myself up and down the stairs, lunging and doing anything to get this lady moving. Despite all my efforts I wasn't dilating. So we decided to transfer to a place in New Jersey that would still give me the opportunity to have the vaginal birth I was praying for. As soon as we got in the car contractions picked up and were 3 minutes apart lasting a full minute the entire 45 minute drive. Hopes were still high. Was examined again still with no change. So we added the dreaded pitocin. Labored for 24 hours while wildly contracting, squatting and walking back and forth in the halls. Trying to do whatever I could to get this baby moving. Despite all my efforts she wasn't descending. So I decided to have an epidural to see if laboring down would give my body the opportunity it needed to open up the remaining centimeters to bring our baby earth side. For whatever reason the epidural didn't work. So I labored in tears on my back in a bed with a failed epidural. After 4 hours the midwife called the curtains and said I needed to have a c-section. I didn't even cry. They explained how they were going to give me a gentle c-section and I could watch as well as have skin to skin right away. In addition my Midwife's, doula and my husband could all come in the surgery with me. Once they rolled me into the operating room tears streamed down my face. I watched in amazement as they pulled our daughter from my belly. It was then we realized why our tiny human had such a hard time finding her way. Her umbilical cord was incredibly short and wouldn't allow her to drop against my cervix. Our sweet baby waited patiently while we figured it out and exhausted every option. She was so strong and endured everything with me.

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"Things don't always go as expected but then again that's parenthood."

"The look on Justine's face as she watched her husband hold their child for the first time brought tears to my eyes."

"Meeting her biggest brother."

"Never doubt a mother's love."

"As you can see in these images -- this is the Purest Love there is."

"They say a women becomes a mother when she finds out she is pregnant and that a man becomes a father when he sees his baby for the first time."

"Ellestasiya Coraline Byrne arrived via c-section."

"Baby Hugo is a dream."

"A mother met her son today and I got to capture it."

"The first moment we met!!"

"Jaxson's birth."

"No matter how your children enter this world, motherhood is a dream."

"Being a c-section momma myself it was quite the honour to capture this beautiful moment for this momma!"

"This immediate skin to skin nursing is just amazing!!"

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"When I first fell in love with her."

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