Jodie Shaw challenges the idea that a caesarean birth isn’t a real birth by posting an incredibly raw and fresh image of her c-section scar.
Birth Without Fear Facebook page shared Jodie’s photo with the caption, “A new day and a what seems to be another new post from someone insinuating that giving birth by caesarean 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”
Congratulations Jodie! We totally agree with you.
New mum, Raye Lee, also recently discovered for herself the brutal truth of a C-section when she gave birth to her first child. After experiencing 38 hours of labour she had an emergency C-section when her baby’s heart stopped with every contraction. Read her story here.
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