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'I feel like a gutted shark, this is not the easy way out'

BRINGING a new human into the world is no easy feat. It's a test of your strength, endurance and every ounce of love you can muster. And yet there are people out there, still, who like to protest that certain ways of bringing new humans into the world are superior to others.

On a planet where information is everywhere and knowledge is literally at our fingertips, one would think our capacity for empathy and understanding would be quite high.

But, no. Instead we have shame. A lot of it.

Click around the internet for five seconds and you see. Women are being shamed for breastfeeding in public, shamed for small baby bumps, one mum was even body shamed after a miscarriage. Women are afraid to mention elective caesareans for fear of being shamed by their friends and not long ago, a birth photographer openly shamed a woman birthing via c-sect saying, "A surgery isn't birth, my dear." 

It's a sad situation, people conducting public stonings via the safety of their touchscreens. And it's precisely why we need people like Melbourne mum-of-two, Olivia White, to speak up.

The popular blogger recently shared an image of herself after the birth of her second child. She has just given birth via caesarean and the scar, still fresh from delivery lies in the foreground.

"Look I know it might not be my best angle," White wrote in the caption. "But who wouldn't take selfies hours post birth so they can see where they sliced you open and yanked out a whole person."

White then goes on to describe, in vivid detail, the reality of what it means to give birth via c-sect.

Look I know it might not be my best angle (or is it?) ๐Ÿ˜‚ but who wouldn't take selfies hours post birth so they can see where they sliced you open and yanked out a whole person ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ (if you couldn't tell I still couldn't see past my still inflated uterus) ๐Ÿ™ˆ This is what you really look like a few hours post c-section ๐Ÿ—ก To anyone who thinks it's the easy way out, we'll try having a 6 inch gash in your abdomen like a gutted shark ๐Ÿฆˆ who had the body parts of the surfer ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿผ it ate retrieved! That's then sewn back together with fishing wire while it feels like your vital organs are trying to escape! I mean sure, everything is ๐ŸŒˆ and ๐Ÿญ till the spinal wears off! After that it's like you've been hit by a bus ๐ŸšŒ which then backed over you just to make sure it didn't miss you the first time! If you don't time the Endone exactly before the previous lot wore off then you will most certainly know you are alive (while wishing you were dead) โ˜ ๏ธ and worst of all you'll feel as if you'll spend your entire life wearing nanna ๐Ÿ‘ต 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 ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผ Anyone who's ever had c section knows that you'll forever be dependant on your friends Nancy, Dr 90210 and Spanx because you cannot for the life of you get rise of the ditch that is left by the scar ๐Ÿ™„ But for all the skin tight Kookai dresses I bought while pregnant ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿผ that now make me look like I have a Kangaroo pouch - I wouldn't change it! Because if it wasn't for the ability to deliver my babies ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ this way they might not be here today ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป plus I recon getting cut from A to B sounds way worse ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿค•

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"To anyone who thinks it's the easy way out, well try having a six inch gash in your abdomen like a gutted shark who had the body parts of the surfer it ate retrieved!

"That's then sewn back together with fishing wire while it feels like your vital organs are trying to escape! I mean sure, everything is ๐ŸŒˆ [rainbows] and ๐Ÿญ [lollipops] till the spinal wears off! After that it's like you've been hit by a bus, which then backed over you just to make sure it didn't miss you the first time!

"If you don't time the Endone exactly before the previous lot wears off then you will most certainly know you are alive (while wishing you were dead). And 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."

Recovery from caesarean my be the stuff nightmares are made of, but that is not all that needs to be said on the subject. Because, far from being the lazy-woman's birthing opt-out, our ability to have our babies in this way means a lot of them are able to live.

"But for all the skin tight Kookai dresses I bought while pregnant - that now make me look like I have a Kangaroo pouch - I wouldn't change it!" White wrote. "Because if it wasn't for the ability to deliver my babies this way they might not be here today."

"Plus," she cheekily adds. "I reckon getting cut from A to B sounds way worse."

Amen to that, sister.

This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.

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