WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE BELOW.
A new mother named Jodie Shaw has gone viral by sharing a very personal photo of her cesarean section scar on the Facebook page Birth Without Fear. She felt compelled to come forward after being hurt by too many self-righteous social media posts from know-it-all supermoms, saying that moms who have C-sections never truly give birth at all. (The only person who could ever get away with that argument was Shakespeare.) As she points out, you never know someone else's reasons.
Shaw's post reads:
Please read before commenting. "A new day and a what seems to be another new post from someone insinuating that giving birth by cesarean means that you didn't give birth.
Can we please just stop!
I obviously can't change people's views but I've decided to post this picture to see if it may make people understand that despite what our birth plans might say. Sometimes we don't get a choice. I didn't get a choice.
I had a fibroid the size of a melon sat on my cervix and a low lying placenta which meant that I've been left with no ordinary csection scar. But whether you believe this or not. I gave birth to my baby. .
So next time you judge someone for not doing what you consider to be "giving birth" please take a minute to think about why they may have had to deliver that way. Think about the fact that given the choice they probably wouldn't of chosen this but had no choice. Why would you choose a major operation and 6 weeks of recovery?
This scar saved me from losing a life threatening amount of blood and meant my baby was brought into this world as she should be. Healthy and unharmed, as was I." -Jodie Shaw
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Hear hear. Before you shame a mother for undergoing major surgery, maybe you should make sure it didn't save her life. And even if it didn't, it's none of your damn business.