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WARNING some of these images you really can’t un-see…

Birthing images have long been censored on social media—until a group of activists decided that women should be able to
actually see a baby emerging from its mother’s vagina.

In early January 2018, a month after a Change.org petition was first published, it was agreed that Facebook and
Instagram policicies would be changed to allow birth content.

Facebook’s and Instagram’s decision to change their policy is the result of years of conversations with women’s health
advocates and the birthing community, Instagram’s Karina Newton told HarpersBazaar.com exclusively.

It’s also personally important to her as a mother of two, she says: “We’re really proud that Instagram’s nudity policy
is evolving to allow for that community, and for moms and families to share photos and videos of childbirth.”

Some mum’s might find these images a bit confronting and even distressing after their own birth experience. But we
believe they are simply too stunning not to share. Just be warned!

Ok back to those #oxytocinvibes. ✨ THIS!
This is #optionssupportrespect. Thank you @midwifeangelina for sharing. And thank you @instagram for
stopping your censorship of #birth so we can share this. ❤️ Watch her remove the veil (amniotic sac)
from baby’s head at the end. Incredible. _ This couple was constantly told from others that mommy would
beg for the epidural, that she wouldn’t be able to naturalbirth, that she would end up heading to the
hospital, that she was crazy to do something like this. Don’t let others dictate your pregnancy, labor,
birth, or parenting. Hmmmmm, I think now they’re believers. ???? @midwifeangelina _ ETA: one person’s
journey and choices are not a judgment of another person’s journey and choices. _ #homebirth #birth
#waterbirth #empoweredbirth #dontforgetdads #birthyourway #birthwithoutfear #firsttimemom
#blackwomendohomebirth #midwife #naturalbirth #encaul #encaulbirth #bornwithaveil

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This very moment, one year ago I was in a
portal. A place between two worlds. Who I had been, who I was, was dying. Making way for a new normal.
Forced to say goodbye to my maiden self, ready or not. Labor pains began and escalated quickly. The
intensity was extreme, but exhilarating. Carrying me into the unknown. Unapologetically demanding my
surrender. This was birth. I was giving birth. About to know the meaning of true love. The deepest bond
known to man. Fierce, fervid, fathomless motherly love. Though it was the dead of winter, it was spring in
my heart, for new life was eminent. So sacred. So spiritual. The closest to god one could be. Creating a new
life, and bringing it earthside. So surreal. As you slid into the world, you were born, and I reborn. The
door between worlds closed. The genesis of my divine motherhood. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #birthstory
#babysfirstbirthday #rememberingyou #thisisbirth #birthbecomesher #divinebirth #homebirth
#homesweethomebirth #doingitathome #bodywise_birthwise #divinemotherhood #divinemother #takebackbirth
#birthyourway #borntobirth #yourbirthyourway #theportalcalls #freebirth #rebirth #newlife #newnormal
#theessenceoflife #thisislife #thisislove #truelove #birthofamother #birthwithoutshame #noshame
#uncensoredbirth #birthunsensored
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This very moment, one year ago I was in a
portal. A place between two worlds. Who I had been, who I was, was dying. Making way for a new normal.
Forced to say goodbye to my maiden self, ready or not. Labor pains began and escalated quickly. The
intensity was extreme, but exhilarating. Carrying me into the unknown. Unapologetically demanding my
surrender. This was birth. I was giving birth. About to know the meaning of true love. The deepest bond
known to man. Fierce, fervid, fathomless motherly love. Though it was the dead of winter, it was spring in
my heart, for new life was eminent. So sacred. So spiritual. The closest to god one could be. Creating a new
life, and bringing it earthside. So surreal. As you slid into the world, you were born, and I reborn. The
door between worlds closed. The genesis of my divine motherhood. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #birthstory
#babysfirstbirthday #rememberingyou #thisisbirth #birthbecomesher #divinebirth #homebirth
#homesweethomebirth #doingitathome #bodywise_birthwise #divinemotherhood #divinemother #takebackbirth
#birthyourway #borntobirth #yourbirthyourway #theportalcalls #freebirth #rebirth #newlife #newnormal
#theessenceoflife #thisislife #thisislove #truelove #birthofamother #birthwithoutshame #noshame
#uncensoredbirth #birthunsensored
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“Hello baby, goodbye censorship!” Well said
@monetnicolebirths ⚡️⚡️⚡️ In case you didn’t hear! The petition that @empoweredbirthproject started won to
allow birth photography to be uncensored by @instagram ✊????✊????✊???? To all the photographers, individuals
and birth advocates who participated…HELL YAH! . . ???? @monetnicolebirths . . . . #stopcensoringbirth
#birthofamama #normalizebirth #birthistherevolution #womenarestrong #uncensoredbirth #empoweredbirthproject
#empoweringwomen #empoweredbirth #birthmatters #birthisnotporn #birthbecomesher #birthphotography
#birthphotographer #birthwithcourage #motherwithcourage #homegrownfamilies #homegrownbabies
#womenempoweringwomen #birthwork #birthdoula #doulas #doulasaredope #documentyourbirth
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Homegrown Babies (@homegrown_babies)
on

Facebook and Instagram finally stop
censoring birth imagery thanks to petitions and campaigning by birthworkers. And right on Mother’s Day too.
???????????????????????????????? @empoweredbirthproject I have had several birth images removed after
posting. Which really, really ticks me off. Because I don’t get how anyone finds this offensive or ‘in
breach of community standards’. It’s a woman giving birth. Happens all day, every day all over the planet.
It’s a natural function of our bodies and it often requires nudity not because we are hoes but because it’s
more comfortable and practical soooooo… yeah, don’t get how it’s gross or inappropriate. UNLESS of course
you have a problem with the idea of things coming OUT of vaginas as well as things going INTO them. And
unless you have a problem with a woman looking fierce as fuck and in complete control of her own body.
???????????? Very happy! The shift is happening! Slowly, surely. Girls gotta know their pussy power
potential; pure pleasure portal AND – – > sacred symbol of abundance, perfection, the universe, source,
consciousness and gateway of LIFE. ????✨????????✨????✨✨ Image: @lindseymeehleis
  A post shared by Amanda Vella (@amandavella) on

Sometimes, when it comes to birth, seeing is
believing. For myself personally, when I was in labor with my first child, completely overwhelmed with the
pain and sensation of it all and feeling doubtful my baby would ever come out, I clung to mental images of
women giving birth. At that time, I hadn’t seen very many. Just a few photos in birthing and human
physiology texts I’d read. I’m passionate about sharing #uncensoredbirth photos for many reasons, one of
them being how helpful and important it is for birthing people to see that it is possible. And in this case,
this incredible hands-off breech birth. Breech Birth is an endangered practice, with fewer and fewer
practitioners being trained in attending and assisting this variation of normal. Behold— see it. Believe it!
Photo: @lelabeltrao spotted on multiple accounts today ???? __ Love, @katievigos __ #breechbaby #breechbirth
#IGallowuncensoredbirth #empoweredbirthproject
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(@empoweredbirthproject) on

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  • This is just perfect! Still can’t believe how we can do that

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  • Totally amazing!

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  • Some of these pics are amazing- it just shows what our bodies are capable of!

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  • I think that new mums to be need to see what happens to your body as then it might help them see what is going to happen during birthing process. This a natural birthing and good to see not disgusting.

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  • I fail to see how this is disgusting to some people. There is a huge difference in being offended by a horrifically mutilated body that has wounds inflicted maliciously, in comparison to a NATURAL human body birthing another human. I for one have always loved birth photography. My first was quite traumatic but my 2nd was natural, proceeded in its own time and pace and absolutely amazing. I just wish I had photographs and videos to remember it more vividly!

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  • Utterly disgusting and I will continue to report this sh*t when I see it on Facebook and Instagram. Keep your reamed out snatches off Facebook and Instagram. Nobody should be posting anything this disgusting in a public forum. If this is okay, then I want homicide photos to be able to be posted publicly. Best Gore gets shut down and Instagram let’s this vomit inducing display. Death is just as natural if you want to be all hippy dippy about it.

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  • I sooo wish I had photo just wasn’t anything we thought about. I do remember looking at these when I was pregnant and it did help knowing what was actually coming. So glad they let these photos be posted!

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  • I never wanted photos of my daughters birth but my second was born at home and the whole experience still seems so surreal I kinda wish there were some photos

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  • Absolutely amazing photos that shows how incredible our bodies are! I wouldn’t want photographs myself but think they are breatakingly stunning how they show each stage

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  • So glad my children are all born, that looks so painful. Yet I do not think of it as so, just remember getting to hold that darling child in my arms.

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  • Wow just wow………

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  • I have photos of both my kids being born via c section. Not sure I would share them though

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  • These are absolutely beautiful!! I really appreciate seeing photos of other people’s birthing experiences, I do not have any of my pwn so it is amazing to see what the body goes through and how glorious the occasion is!

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  • Wow, just wow.
    But where are the C section pics. Yes I’m that person. With my first we never got pictures but with my second we got pictures just seconds from him being born via C section. It’s incredible seeing life being born. These pictures are truly amazing and show birth in a raw and beautiful way just as it is. But not everyone can birth vaginally I wish I could have for my second. But C section photos would be great and that is giving birth as well

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  • My husband took a few pics and 8 years later I have never been able to bring myself to look at them, I felt like it would be traumatic to see, and I hated my body during the process. These pics are amazing although did make me twitch a little, remembering the feelings ????

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