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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.

So what images are causing issues? *warning* explicit images below.

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 They basically just sent me an email saying my Facebook page had been unpublished.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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  • My biggest regret was not having photos taken of my 2 boys births, in the moment I was too scared to look at a mirror… But seeing such incredible images, of just how incredible the female body is… It just amazes me.

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  • Absolutely amazing photos, I so wish we had birth photos as its something so special and although something you dont ever forget would be so great to have those as keepsakes too, I love how grumpy babies look when they are born!

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  • Ouch puts shivers threw my Bodie great photos thow

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  • This is exactly what I needed to see, so I was prepared. I would also like to see c sections in all their glory too

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  • Wow

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  • Wrong title ; the birth photos you do want to see !!

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  • Childbirth is one of the most natural things in life – we need to have the choice to view this videos and photos rather than have them all censored and removed. It is such a beautiful thing. Please stop making it a taboo. I had professional photographer there for my birth and I am so grateful to have such beautiful photos

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  • Beautiful photos capturing these amazing mums

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  • I think the photos are amazing. It’s also very educational for mums to be, I’d rather know what was going to happen than live with the fear of the unknown.

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  • These photos are such an amazing gift. I have photos of my 1st born but due to a pre term birth i do not of my 2nd which i am a little dissapointed by as she was also born en caul which i would have loved to have had a photo of.

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  • I think its personal choice, I think that if your comfortable then share them

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  • Amazing wow

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  • These photos are absolutely amazing and should definitely be shown, what a females body goes through with childbirth should be celebrated and I think some soon to be mums would benefit from seeing these kind of images to be mentally prepared

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  • I understand that these types of photos can be very confronting however that’s the human body! We should absolutely be celebrating women and the magic that is childbirth

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  • I actually love these kinds of birth photos. Birth is beautiful!

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