One woman is sharing an incredibly important message to all the mamas out there who welcomed their babies via C-section.
Every woman's experience of welcoming her children is different—and C-section births are no less valid than vaginal births. To make this point, Instagram account @BumpBox shared a stunning photo of a mother's body—but it's the caption that speaks volumes.
"We've heard the (completely unfair and invalid) argument that C-section childbirth is 'the easy way out,' and we've also heard spot-on arguments from mothers who have been through Caesarean births that dispel that line of thinking. This particular post is yet another reminder that C-sections are hard. They aren't always desirable, the effects they leave behind are rarely pretty...but they're still beautiful because they bring children into this world, and moms who undergo C-sections should be incredibly proud of themselves.
"It is imperative that a woman who has a Caesarean birth, knows that her birth is still birth. Often women whom [sic] birth this way are made to feel they have failed as a woman, that their bodies have failed them + they really didn't get to experience birth, but we will continue to shout this from the rooftops because that is NOT the case," the post's author writes.
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C E S A R E A N P R O U D • It is imperative that a woman who has a cesarean birth, knows that her birth is still birth. Often women whom birth this way are made to feel they have failed as a woman, that their bodies have failed them + they really didn't get to experience birth but we will continue to shout this from the roof tops because that is NOT the case. Cesarean birth is birth.. - When you look at the meaning of birth it states; "The emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being."he was blind from birth" - Cesarean is often at times a more challenging birth with a story behind the scar. The scar may not be seen as pretty + often the woman doesn't want it but to all the cesarean Mumma's out their be proud of it + be proud of your birth story because ultimately that's how you welcomed the love of your life into this great big crazy wonderful world!!!! - #bumpbox #boxedbundlesoflove #mumssupportingmums #birth #everybirthisdifferent #cesareanisbirth #nojudgement [This extraordinary photo was via the gorgeous Mumma @theworkingmumma]
The author also points out that sometimes C-sections can actually be harder to undergo. Between the surgical aspect, the complications that could arise, and the actual recovery involved (which is something C-sections moms have to power through while raising newborns), it's certainly not an easy experience, and women who welcome their babies this way should never be shamed.
Ultimately, C-section haters really need to consider how unfair it is to judge a mom for giving birth this way. Plenty of mothers feel lingering disappointment over their C-sections, but this photo is just a strong reminder that no matter how your baby comes into this world, you should praise yourself.
"The scar may not be seen as pretty + often the woman doesn't want it but to all the Caesarean Mumma's out their [sic] be proud of it + be proud of your birth story," the post's author writes. "Because ultimately that's how you welcomed the love of your life into this great big crazy wonderful world!!!!"