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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.

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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 A post shared by wanderlustmama (@wanderlustmama1) on

  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   A post shared by wanderlustmama (@wanderlustmama1) on

“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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  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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  • Every photograph celebrates life. Amazing!

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  • Holy moly! Amazing and impressive

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  • It’s amazing that a baby can come out of a woman’s body like that. I didn’t see what my birth was like and I think I prefer not to!

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  • How amazing is the woman’s body. Wow.

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  • The body is so so amazing! So lucky to get to see these picture and videos and appreciate child brith for what it really is…a precious miracle!

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  • Congratulations to all those mum has who fought for their rights to celebrate a vaginal delivery. I am a proud csect mum and would the stigma of sections to be gone too!

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  • Everyone needs to be educated about the birthing process!
    I like how one of the mums say that the vagina is portrayed in media as a sex object and these photos are lifting the veil of truth!

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  • WOW! Looking at these photos brought me to tears, and reminded me of my own two vaginal births. Just beautiful. Women’s bodies are incredible, and should be celebrated, not over-sexualised and hidden away. Thank you for sharing.

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  • These photos reminds me of my 3 vaginal deliveries. This is a part of life why would they censor this. This is the beauty of motherhood.

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  • I absolutely love these images! I would love to do birth photography! But I’d cry every time for sure ????????

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  • Incredible images. I’ve delivered four babies vaginally and never saw just how amazing my body is. Felt it, knew it, but never saw it like this ever before.

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  • I had to hold my legs together lol

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  • Mmmmmm not sure if I wanted to unsee any of that, but at the end of the day, its all a natural part of life, and that’s how these little bubba’s are born.

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  • OMG I had natural births but did not get a chance to see the baby come out as there was no time for mirrors etc but wow how amazing are our bodies! Never knew that’s what it REALLY looked like, WOW

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  • I love seeing the emotions on the parents faces

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