“I didn’t opt for anything but alright, I had no idea birth photographers discriminated against people for how they birth their babies…” she said.
To her surprise, the photographer kept going.
“A surgery isn’t birth my dear," the photographer replied. “ You aren’t giving birth. You have a surgery to your baby from your abdomen, That is not birth no matter how you swing it and I for one don’t want to be there to take pictures of it.”
The mum behind Breastfeeding Mama Talk shared a screen shot of the text exchange with a clear message: This is not okay!
“This is not okay would love to know who this photographer is,” she wrote.
“Mums who have had a C-section you're just as much a damn good mother as anyone. How you gave birth and you did certainly give birth does not determine your worth as a mum. #stopmomshaming.”
The response in the comments section was much the same.
"Wow. If anything c-section mama's deserve more props. Awake during surgery & a longer/harder recovery with a newborn to take care of. How on earth is that cutting corners? I thought my 2 vaginal births were the easy way, even with their own complications for each one, major surgery (while awake) is not easy!" wrote one mum.
Another said: "Omg how horribly mean! I had natural births but I'm still extremely offended. Conceiving is a miracle in itself... birthing (any way possible to get a baby into this world healthy, safely and happily) is a double miracle. Boycott her!!!! What a moron."
Article first published on Practical Parenting.