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A Childbirth educator is calling on Facebook to stop censoring images after her social media page was deleted because her posts were deemed too graphic.

Vicki Hobbs said she had been unable to access her Facebook page for the past fortnight after five images and videos of childbirth she posted were either reported or picked up on by Facebook’s censors.

Three of the photos posted by Ms Hobbs were taken by internationally renowned birth photographer Belle Verdiglione, who is also from Perth. Two of the photos won Ms Verdiglione a WA Epson Professional Photography Award.

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birth photos 1
This is the perfect video showing a baby born with the amniotic sac fully intact (baby born en caul).
Via: Vicki Hobbs – Back to Basics Birthing
birth photos 2
Incredible video of perineum stretching, head emerging, baby rotating and slipping out into the world with the long umbilical cord wrapped around baby. No stress, no rush, no immediate clamping or cutting.
Via: Vicki Hobbs – Back to Basics Birthing

Banned!

Ms Hobbs said she was initially given a 24-hour ban by Facebook over the images and videos.

“Then that next day I noticed the images had all been blurred. You had to click on a link to uncover the image,” she told nine.com.au.

“I thought, that’s great. There will be no more problems and it gives everyone a choice.”

“But 24 hours later I got reported again, or Facebook’s bots picked up these same images again. They basically just sent me an email saying my Facebook page had been unpublished.

“I could still actually see my Facebook page at that stage but other people couldn’t. Then the next day it was just completely gone, I couldn’t see anything.”

According to Facebook’s guidelines for nudity, exceptions can be made when the purpose of a post is to “raise awareness about a cause or for educational or medical reasons”.

Educational!

Ms Hobbs said her posts clearly fell under the category of education.

Ms Hobbs said she hoped Facebook would consider making changes to its platform to allow users to blur their own photos – which their followers can then choose to uncover – as is currently an option on Instagram.

“There is a huge grey area here. We have these standards and we have these guidelines. But birth education is education. We need to have that option to blur those images so it doesn’t offend anyone who doesn’t want to see them,” she said.

Facebook responds

After nine.com.au contacted Facebook, the social media giant investigated Ms Hobbs’ case and determined her page had been taken down in error.

“Our Community Standards are designed to create a safe environment where people feel free to express themselves. While we have clear rules restricting nudity, we do of course understand that nudity can be shared for a variety of reasons, including to share birthing and breastfeeding moments, and we have developed our nudity policies over time to allow for this,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

“In this case, our proactive detection tools mistakenly identified some of the birthing content on Vicki Hobbs’ Page as violating and removed it, causing her page to be disabled.

We have restored the content and the page, and we’re sorry for any inconvenience caused. We’re proud that people like Vicki use Facebook to grow their business and bring communities together to share their experiences.”

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  • It should be normalised to see the way everyone came into the world. There is nothing wrong with it. We are too focused on nudity being only for porn that we forget it’s actually natural

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  • I mean, it’s a personal choice. If you want to see you should be able to. Personally it’s not something I think I would share but each to their own!

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  • Giving birth is a beautiful and natural thing! But if you try and tell me it doesn’t look like a murder scene during/after birth you may be fibbing! No photos of videos for me thanks! I was there trust me I know what happened, so does hubby, no chance I want the kids stumbling upon video evidence in their older years lol

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  • Its such a personal choice but if people want to see these images / videos they should be available. It is natural unlike so many other things that are shown on the internet

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  • There is nothing more beautiful than the birth of a bubba,so why not show the world. The miracle of life is exactly that , a miracle

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  • Lol that’s black and white photo the baby does not look impressed

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  • If you weren’t open to seeing photos like this you wouldn’t follow the page. Facebook need to leave some responsibility up to the followers and let them unfriend if they don’t like it. Education around birth and images are important to share.

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  • These photos and videos are beautiful, natural and show all aspects of birth. So wrong they got reported and banned!
    There’s so much on social media that’s inappropriate, worse than these and deliberately posted by others to cause offence or controversy. Nothing about birth is wrong or inappropriate. I hope these amazing images can keep being posted – the absolute miracle of birth and a woman’s body.

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  • I’ve seen other images on Facebook that were very confronting. One was of a man dancing around and he was completely naked. He said he was baring all to show that he wasn’t hiding anything. Now that should have been shut down immediately. There was no education or beauty in that. He was drunk and on drugs when he did it. I thought these photos of the births were beautiful and natural as well as being educational. Glad Facebook realised their mistake and apologised.

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  • Oh my gosh these photos are so beautiful!

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  • I think these photos are absolutely gorgeous and it’s natural, nothing wrong with them being on social media. If you don’t want to see them then don’t look at them simple

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  • I loss my words remembering the moments.

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  • How can we learn if not to see them? And if someone doesn’t like them, don’t look at them or follow.

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  • These pictures are so educational especially for one who is about to go through childbirth. It would take away all the frightening features of this painful process.

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  • I think it is a beautiful natural thing that women go through. I personally don’t think or find them offensive at all. I also feel it is great for women who have never had children before, or for any young girls to see, so they can see what their bodies will go through, and how the miracle of birth can deliver you the most precious thing of all. But, I can see why some people may find this offensive to see/watch, and I can see why they may want it to be taken down. But these days, there are so many young kids on fb, and I don’t feel they should be able to see these images. The blurring is a great idea for adults who choose not to view them, but it still doesn’t stop children from viewing them.
    That is my opinion, and I can’t speak for anyone else. Everyone will have different opinions, and that is absolutely fine. I really hope that no one judges anyone else for their opinion. I also feel that children shouldn’t have access to fb, unless with an adult.
    Can I also so say, the photographer is brilliant, and catches the best photo’s for the families to she…Mum may give birth, but she doesn’t see all that is happening, and at least this way, she can see the miracle of her baby, which she has grown and protected and nurtured for the duration, come into their world.

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