Birth Photographer’s Text Shames Mom for Having C-Section

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A mom-to-be who was trying to set up an appointment with a birth photographer received several rude text messages that have gone viral. “A surgery isn’t birth, my dear. 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. 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,” wrote the photographer.

Obviously, her claims are incredibly offensive and very difficult to understand. Does this photographer care about her clients at all? KHOU points out that the photographer’s information was blurred, but that hasn’t stopped the internet from responding.

The image of the text exchange was posted on the Facebook page, Sanctimommy, a group that using biting wit to discuss the extreme expectations of motherhood and the shame and judgment many mothers feel for not following the same protocols other moms do.

Though some might assume the texts were fake because it seems so outlandish that a birth photographer would hold such a ridiculous ideal, others know the judgements placed on moms all too well. Commenters on Santimommy have taken the opportunity to post scathingly funny comments and adorable pictures of their “notborns” (babies they had via c-section that the supposed birth photographer feels like didn’t go through a “real” birth.)