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Photographer Refuses To Document Woman’s Birth, Saying C-Section Is Not Real Birth

A photographer turned mean when the expectant mom told her she was going to undergo a C-section.

Motherhood is one of life’s glorious experiences. It is a privilege to nurture children. Women become mothers in many ways — by giving birth naturally, via a C-section, through adoption, and some become default guardians or stepmoms of kids. No matter how they become moms, it is normal for women to document the experience. Having a child is a fabulous milestone.

These days, there are photographers specializing in pregnancy photo shoots and birth photo shoots. An expectant mother in Oregon contacted a birth photographer and they exchanged messages via text. The expectant mom was about to book the photographer’s services when a very disturbing complication came up.

Many moms want to document every detail of ther pregnancy.

When the photographer found out that the mom was going to give birth via a Caesarean section operation or C-section, she declined to take the job. The photographer’s explanation on text is nothing short of shocking.

Apparently, the photographer sent this text message to the mom:

“A surgery isn’t birth, my dear. You aren’t giving birth. 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 photographer even added:

“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.”

It went viral after it was posted on the Sanctimommy Facebook page.

The expectant mom then wrote,

“I had no idea birth photographers discriminated people for how they birth their babies but that’s good to know. Have a nice day.”

The issue became viral as netizens weighed in on the unnecessary shaming of the mom who was due to have a C-section.

For the record, there are women who have to undergo C-sections due to health reasons. Nobody has the right to shame women who have to undergo these operations to give birth.

210 Comments

  1. Mel Day

    September 8, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Someone needs to be schooled!!

  2. Gene Corpuz

    March 5, 2018 at 4:07 AM

    Ignorance, written all over the photographer’s forehead.. but perhaps somebody has to voiced strong (or s2pid) viewpoint to garner alot of attention like this one..

  3. Naomi Whitton

    September 8, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    7 caesareans 7 beautiful babies I don’t regret nothing

  4. MayThan Refugia

    September 8, 2017 at 11:58 AM

    I want to know the photographers name or company. She should be boycotted. I have 3 kids and all via c-section because I didn’t have a choice. She doesn’t know how painful the recovery is after c-section.”But everytime I see my scar it reminds me how happy i felt when my kids came out.

  5. Jocelyn Paladin

    September 8, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    RUDE ! Ignorant

  6. Outback

    September 8, 2017 at 11:55 AM

    That photographer could be the husband of the Chinese woman who jumped to her death after being denied cesarean birth by him.

  7. Paj Kub Xyooj-thoj

    September 8, 2017 at 11:55 AM

    Some people think that c-section is a choice when it comes to having your baby. I had a c-section with my second child, I had no choice but to do it. My son’s heart beat dropped very low every time I had a contraction. I was rushed into the surgery room and after the doctors got my baby out, it turned out the umbilical cord was wrapped around my son’s neck. So, to the person who think c-section is not birth, please think twice because we “non-birthing” moms rather put a permanent scar on us to save our child, our creation, our future. Thank you! 😊

  8. Dave Dario

    September 8, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    He has a point😐

  9. Cat Dowd

    March 5, 2018 at 5:02 AM

    Fuck that asshole… I spent 46 n half hours in labor with my son, at which point the dr decided he’s not coming, even with being induced that morning and breaking my water… My pelvis is not wide enough for my son’s head to go thru, therefore he was stuck.. I stayed dilated at a 4 for hours and never went past that.. If I had kept on, myself and my son would have died… So, seriously fuck you to anyone who thinks having a c section isn’t giving birth.. My son is alive, and so am I to enjoy him because of surgery.. And if ever I decide to have more children, they will be elected surgeries because I cannot have children the natural way.. I created that child within me, however he was able to come into the world doesn’t matter…

  10. Raizah Joy Lescano

    March 5, 2018 at 4:33 AM

    if its not a way of giving birth, then what is it??

  11. Erwin Tomas Cabales Loquias

    March 5, 2018 at 4:33 AM

    So proud of you Venus B. Loquias.where it goes in,it should be where should go out.hehehe… but still kudos to cs moms.

  12. Erica Mae Yambao-Perdio

    March 5, 2018 at 4:10 AM

    How rude and iliterate. You cant measure motherhood only by how you’ve given birth..motherhood is difficult i definitely agree and it is made more difficult by these kinds of narrowminded discriminant people. By the way, Ive had two cs, and its not by choice, it happened that my two kids’ lives are endangered due to some circumstances.. and if i’ll be given the same sit again i would still choose to undergo cs just to save my kids..

  13. Russel Villanueva

    March 5, 2018 at 4:10 AM

    Ignorant fool. Most ob-gyne will use the c-section as a last resort, that is if the mother or child or both are in danger.

  14. Rita Bouthillier-Lavoie

    March 5, 2018 at 5:35 AM

    They still gave birth u idiot

  15. Theodosia Tucker

    March 5, 2018 at 4:09 AM

    The beautiful child that I BIRTHED was BIRTHED both vaginally and through caesarean, as she was so far down the birth canal that her foot was dangling out. My little angel was breached, therefore, an emergency caesarean was performed. She was pulled back through the birth canal so that my beautiful baby would be BIRTHED alive and well. Don’t tell me or any other woman that that is not giving BIRTH!!

  16. Deanna Childers

    March 5, 2018 at 5:02 AM

    I wouldn’t wish a c section on anyone. With a natural birth the pain stops with the last contraction with a c section you have a few weeks of pain with taking care of a new born. So back off people having a baby is just that. God bless

  17. Amir Firdaus

    March 5, 2018 at 5:04 AM

    So.. the 9 months meant nothing should you do c sec? Wow..

  18. Rozita Shamsuddin

    March 5, 2018 at 5:37 AM

    Stupidity at its best!!
    I had c-section twice. First was an emergency. Second was of my choice. Why? Because my second pregnancy was precious (after 12 years) and I had GDM. I am willing to be cit open again for the sake of my baby. And I am willing to go through it again if God permits. I pray to God that she would have to be in the same shoes. Only then she would understand.

  19. Aliel Solrac

    March 5, 2018 at 4:22 AM

    But wait the dqy my baby was born i felt symptoms and pain from labor although i am aware that i will be having c sec and it was scheduled but before that said day my water broke and i started having contractions i went all the way to 6cm that day but the baby didn’t turn the way it should be thats y i end up getting c sec! So that is not a giving birth!?

  20. Jyothi Rani

    March 5, 2018 at 4:09 AM

    Same situation like yours,Shame on the photographer who said that , there are women who have to have c section not by choice but it’s to bring out the baby safe.

  21. Mary Grace Cabamongan StaAna

    March 5, 2018 at 5:04 AM

    Stupid photographer. That photographer has no idea the pain that comes with c section. Especially after the procedure and the mom will have that scar for life just to bring her baby into this world.

  22. Jerson L Canal

    March 5, 2018 at 6:51 AM

    ugok paano kung nag cord coil yung bata sa luob?

  23. Asmah Hassan

    March 5, 2018 at 6:52 AM

    Csear lebih sakit dari normal birth dik non .

  24. Tracey Clothier

    March 5, 2018 at 4:07 AM

    Didn’t matter if it’s c section. Or natural labour to still have pain I personally haven’t a a c section but I know of family member that have and they still have pain

  25. Annie Capkids

    March 5, 2018 at 5:04 AM

    If you bear a child, you are giving birth, whether it’s NSD or C-section. Why doesn’t the photographer just say he/she doesn’t want to do the shoot? Unprofessional 🙁

  26. Mimi Pop

    March 5, 2018 at 5:04 AM

    So if I go outside thru a window, I really didn’t go outside?

  27. Nadia Sajjad

    March 5, 2018 at 5:35 AM

    I had four c sections

  28. Nadia Sajjad

    March 5, 2018 at 5:35 AM

    How cruel

  29. Rose dela Peña

    March 5, 2018 at 4:22 AM

    For me iba parin ang C section. kay sa normal. Sa normal di mo alam kong saan ka kakapit matatawag mo na lahat ng santo. At sasabihin di na uulit dahil aa sobrang sakit piro kalaunan andon na nman. Kaya boommm hahaha.sakit na nman. Kaya sa lahat ng normal delivery na di dumaan sa painless. #Salute to all like me.

  30. Arlene Nelson Symons

    March 5, 2018 at 6:51 AM

    WRONG!!!! It is birth !!!

  31. Rowena Ineco

    March 5, 2018 at 4:07 AM

    It’s the desame no matter normal birth or cesarean she carry the baby on her womb for 9 months normal birth or cesarean are putting life in danger and giving life to a baby.

  32. Victoria Kowalczyk

    March 5, 2018 at 5:37 AM

    So a c-section makes the other 10 months of carrying a child null and void then? Wish someone would tell my doctors those bills don’t count! I had a c-section because my son was so big and breech. Risk of too many complications.

  33. Darlene Barry-Lee

    March 5, 2018 at 4:07 AM

    That shows ignorance of the highest form. It’s like saying you weren’t really constipated because you took laxatives. lol stupid person.

  34. Hazeline Ramos Batan

    March 5, 2018 at 4:07 AM

    What if it is the only option to save the mom and the baby? I delivered my son via C-section and the pain after the operation was out of this world. Get yourselves educated.

  35. Jac Paradero Olofernes Cuevas

    March 5, 2018 at 5:37 AM

    I had both and CS was more painful,takes time when it comes to healing…And it feels so uneasy and you have all the fears and worries when placed in an operating table esp when anesthesia is given.I feel like I can breathe. I just prayed for more courage and God’s presence for our safety..The pain during recovery was intense but what is impt is that the baby is safe…Normal delivery and CS simply connects to the word sacrifice..I still preferred Normal delivery than CS but if it is for our safety,I’ll have that delivery again thru CS.

  36. Daisy Orilla Francisco

    March 5, 2018 at 4:33 AM

    When the V won’t open where are you going to take out the baby?

  37. Caroline Lu

    March 5, 2018 at 4:19 AM

    Jessica Fedora whAddaya think

  38. Hardyson Chen

    March 5, 2018 at 4:09 AM

    Giving Birth = when you are responsible and committed to take care the baby, (even if you adopted a baby/child) until the baby/child grow up, and started a new family.

  39. Jessica Revaz

    March 5, 2018 at 5:37 AM

    That is BS! I’ve had two c-sections coz’ both my kids were breech! This was not my choice, If I delivered via vaginal my kids would have died! CS isn’t a joke!! The recovery time is longer and more riskier…. It wasn’t our choice, it was the doctors choice!

  40. Debbie Kerr

    March 5, 2018 at 5:37 AM

    I gave Birth (the so called real way) to 3 babies and it really makes no difference how you come into the world whats important is who your coming out to x

  41. Jessica Newton

    March 5, 2018 at 4:09 AM

    This is an absolute shame! That photographer is a joke! Not many mom’s would opt for c section! I know I didn’t! Unfortunately my body is not made to have babies natuarally so this lady would prefer I tried shoving this baby out a hole it can’t fit thru until he died from stress rather than get him out safe and sound! But that means I’m not really giving birth? F you bitch, sounds like you dont know the first thing about it even if someone slapped you in the face with it!

  42. Krizten Joy Samillano

    March 5, 2018 at 5:02 AM

    I gave birth to 3 kids and all c section. And u know what? U think theres no pain? How about the he labor pain? We still felt it. And women who were under c section are those who Are somehow n a critical condition, and yet still chooses to gave birth no matter the what the cost. And after we gave birth. We spent 3days n a bed with pain.

  43. Ridz Kie

    March 5, 2018 at 4:07 AM

    This photographer simply doesn’t know the definition of giving birth. Thanks God he is still alive with his job!

  44. Mel Day

    March 5, 2018 at 5:35 AM

    Someone needs to be schooled!!

  45. Naomi Whitton

    March 5, 2018 at 4:10 AM

    7 caesareans 7 beautiful babies I don’t regret nothing

  46. MayThan Refugia

    March 5, 2018 at 5:02 AM

    I want to know the photographers name or company. She should be boycotted. I have 3 kids and all via c-section because I didn’t have a choice. She doesn’t know how painful the recovery is after c-section.”But everytime I see my scar it reminds me how happy i felt when my kids came out.

  47. Jocelyn Paladin

    March 5, 2018 at 6:52 AM

    RUDE ! Ignorant

  48. Outback

    March 5, 2018 at 5:02 AM

    That photographer could be the husband of the Chinese woman who jumped to her death after being denied cesarean birth by him.

  49. Paj Kub Xyooj-thoj

    March 5, 2018 at 5:02 AM

    Some people think that c-section is a choice when it comes to having your baby. I had a c-section with my second child, I had no choice but to do it. My son’s heart beat dropped very low every time I had a contraction. I was rushed into the surgery room and after the doctors got my baby out, it turned out the umbilical cord was wrapped around my son’s neck. So, to the person who think c-section is not birth, please think twice because we “non-birthing” moms rather put a permanent scar on us to save our child, our creation, our future. Thank you! 😊

  50. Dave Dario

    March 5, 2018 at 5:04 AM

    He has a point😐

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