What's A-Parent

In One Powerful Post, This Mom Shows 'It Doesn't Matter How You Birth A Baby'

"Because if it wasn't for the ability to deliver my babies this way, they might not be here today."

What's A-Parent is a series highlighting those who get real about the hardships that come with raising kids. These often untold stories help show parents they are not alone in their struggle, and are doing an amazing job.

To those who don't understand caesarean sections (C-sections), or who think it's an "easy way out," one mother's recent Instagram post shows what they're really about. 

"Look, I know it might not be my best angle ... but who wouldn't take selfies hours post-birth so they can see where they sliced you open and yanked out a whole person?" new mom Olivia White captions an Instagram photo, taken hours after her C-section. 

Aside from having a gash in her abdomen and feeling some serious post-surgery pain, White adds that "worst of all, you'll feel as if you'll spend your entire life wearing nanna knickers up around your waist, because the thought of anything settling in the canyon between your gut and pubic region is the stuff nightmares are made of." 

White's words about motherhood, and the science that made her births possible, are perhaps the most poignant. 

"I wouldn't change it! Because if it wasn't for the ability to deliver my babies this way, they might not be here today."


White's post has clearly resonated with Instagrammers everywhere — in less than a week, it has been liked nearly 2 thousand times, with floods of positive notes filling the comments section, many of which were from other mothers who've shared White's experience. 

"Emergency C-section here! It was one of the hardest things I ever did, and I had guilt/grief for the longest time that it wasn't a "real" birth," one mother writes.

"Two C-sections so far here! This post is amazing!!! Thank you for sharing!" another adds. 

More and more, women are speaking out to debunk the myth that C-sections are easy, or less of a feat than vaginal birth. Last year, we wrote about mom Raye Lee, who shared her C-section story to show others that it's not a simple process, and we hope more women continue to share their stories. 

According to HuffPost, White hopes that her post inspires mothers everywhere to unite. 

"Mostly, I just want people to know the reality of a C-section and make those who had C-section know they don't need to defend themselves!" she tells the publication. 

"It doesn't matter how you birth a baby!" she adds. "We are all mothers and we need to stick together."

Cover image via Roman Pyshchy I Shutterstock

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