A birth photographer reportedly refused to take on a new client for “opting” to have a C-section, suggesting that the surgery, no matter how one swings it — isn’t “giving birth.”
A screenshot of the text exchange between the client and the photographer was posted to the Sanctimommy Facebook page.
“A surgery isn’t birth, my dear. You aren’t giving birth. You are having a surgery to remove your baby from your abdomen,” the photographer wrote in the text message. “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.”
In a previous text, the photographer accused the client of cutting corners. “This motherhood job is hard, if I were you I would think twice about starting such a job by cutting corners so early in the game.”
The client wasn’t amused — and stated that she never “opted” for a surgery. “I had no idea birth photographers discriminated people for how they birth their babies but that’s good to know. Have a nice day.”
Many Facebook users called the photographer out for being ignorant.
One woman wrote, “Why does a birth photographer care how someone has their baby? We should be able to show their names. Also doesn’t this idiot know that without C-sections many women would die? Childbirth is risky.”
Another woman wrote, “So pissed I can’t even make a joke! I was in labour for 46 hours after being induced 10 days late. My daughter was coming down facing my left, got stuck at 8 cm and po(p)ped. On top of that, I had to be sedated for my C-section because I could feel everything! There is nothing easy about caring for a newborn when you’ve been surgically cut in half!”
One woman even shared a candid photo of her having a C-section; it was taken by a birth photographer.
Women sometimes opt for C-sections even if there is no medical need for it (which is entirely up to the individual); for some women C-sections are considered safer due to medical issues that could affect the pregnancy.
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