Sometimes I see a picture that is removed from a social media site, like Facebook, and I understand why. Even if I don’t find it disturbing, I can appreciate how it might be too graphic. However, sometimes I just don’t get it. For example, when I was banned from FB for 3 days for posting this picture of a placenta.
Recently, a few women shared birth pictures in our closed BWF Support group on Facebook. Someone was reporting the pictures, because at least 3 women had pictures removed from our group and were put in a ‘FB time out’ because of it. It is one thing to have pictures viewed by public, but this is a CLOSED BIRTH GROUP.
I did not get upset and I don’t care to try to figure out who or control the situation. What I can do though, is make lemonade out of lemons. There are about 2600 women in the Support Group. Which is wonderful. Sharing these pictures on my blog though, they will be seen by thousands of people. Many more than in our group. So the goal our ‘troll’ was trying to accomplish, backfired. All they did was make me find a way to share these pictures with even more people.
Birth is a normal part of life. Trying to cover it up, hide it, ban it and censor is ludicrous and I won’t allow it. So, if vaginas and nipples offend you when in the context of birth and breastfeeding, hit the ‘red X’ now and walk away! You’ve been warned.
Haylea’s picture of her vacuum assisted birth was removed from our group. While it might be ‘graphic’, it is actually interesting and educational. Most women (or people for that matter) have no idea what a vacuum assisted birth looks like!
“I posted the attached picture to BWF Support, and it was reported by someone in the group. It’s a very emotional picture for me. I was induced (which I struggled terribly with) at 39 weeks for IUGR by my midwives. While pushing, my little ones heart rate dropped drastically. I managed to push her out in 10 minutes and my midwives instructed me to catch her myself. In these pictures, I had taken off part of my t-shirt before delivery for skin to skin. This is me meeting my first child, for the first time, and finding out she had a giant knot in her cord. One of my midwifes said she is a miracle.” ~Gail Elliott
“You can see the dumbfounded look on my face as I see there *really is* a baby coming out of me. During the last few pushes I was yelling my son’s name (August) and telling him to come out me. (***I was flat on my back for the last few contractions due to not being able to get him to rotate through my pelvis-it tilts in a little. Going from upright to flat on my back quickly rotated him under the pubic bone and out to me. Not the way we planned it, but my midwives were very smart to use that quick move to help him out***).” ~Samantha B.
Sent in by Brittany F…
Kristin also had a photo removed from Facebook. She says, “Leonardo Joseph Paul. Born 1:51 am on 4/7/11. Planned home birth, that ended in a surprise unassisted
. I had secretly hoped for an unassisted the whole pregnancy. He knew just what I needed to heal from my previous traumatic births
, and he still knows how to calm me in the sweetest way.”
This birth photo is another amazing moment captured! This BWF mom
shares this, “First photo of my gorgeous baby boy born 36w2d after he was “evicted” due to my developing preeclampsia. My student midwife did an amazing job catching him, she was so gentle and caring.”
Samantha Bryant had this picture removed after it was reported 3 times. This is one of those pictures where I don’t get it.
Melissa’s placenta picture was also removed from FB.
This awesome picture was sent in by Ariel. It is seen as too graphic and not appropriate to be shared. I think it’s great and reminds me of the pictures I have of my first daugther’s birth.
“These are the two of my pictures which Facebook is not a fan of. They were both taken by Val Canon. She was amazing. The first is when Amelia Rose was first crowing, and the second was when she was nursing for the first time. I love them both. Especially the second. I love the fact that my breast
is like 3 times bigger than her head. It’s so cute. Facebook didn’t think that they were as beautiful as I did, but hey, to each their own, lol!” ~Kitty C.
Then, there is this picture that Lauren Barnett let me use as a profile picture on the Parenting Without Fear page I once had on Facebook. Someone reported it, saying it could be seen as ‘pornography’ and Facebook actually removed it. I still shake my head at how absurd it was. This picture is adorable. Two beautiful, innocent children playing (without fear, mind you) in the water!
I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I did and no one will be removing them from the BWF Blog