Birth photographer refuses to document caesarean

The photographer gave her reason as: "it's not birth."
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An outraged mother has shared her upset, after a birth photographer refused to document her labor – because she was to give birth via C-section.

The mum, who posted her story anonymously on the Breastfeeding Mama Talk page on Facebook, had message a birth photographer to see about them documenting her labor journey.

But she was shocked when the photographer in question (who was also kept anonymous), texted her back to say “a surgery isn’t birth, my dear. You aren’t giving birth.”

The shocking tirade continued: “You are having a surgery to remove your baby from your abdomen. That is not birth no matter how you swing it and I for one don’t want to be there to take pictures of it.

“If you decide to give motherhood a go from the get and have an actual birth let me know and we can schedule your session.”

The message was uploaded to Breastfeeding Mama Talk on FB

The photographer then follows the message up with: “This motherhood job is hard, if I were you I would think twice about starting to cut corners so early in the game.”

Other mums were understandably outraged by the message, with user Erika writing: “Wow. If anything c-section mama’s deserve more props. Awake during surgery & a longer/harder recovery with a newborn to take care of. How on earth is that cutting corners? I thought my 2 vaginal births were the easy way, even with their own complications for each one, major surgery (while awake) is not easy!”

Likewise commenter Denise said: “I feel horrible that this mom mom was shamed into how she needed to bring her child into this world. I after seeing that I would have done the session for free.”

And other birth photographers waded into the mix to express their disbelief.

Liz Jennings wrote: “As a birth photographer, this makes me so sad and upset. The caesareans that I had the PRIVILEGE of shooting were some of my most favorite images ever. I’ll never forget the first one I shot. As someone who had 2 vaginal births I had NO idea what a c-section was like. I can’t imagine anyone ever saying that is not birth. It doesn’t matter how that baby comes out, your BIRTH story is beautiful and deserves to be captured.”

Dennise Pacheco commented that she is currently lying in a hospital bed, recovering from an unplanned C-section: “Labor and childbirth is hard no matter what route you choose to ultimately give birth in.”

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