Photographer Claims C-Sections Aren’t ‘Real Births,’ Refuses To Document Them

Updated November 14, 2017

A photographer’s rude response to an expectant mother has drawn a lot of criticism.While the birth experience is different for every mother, that doesn’t make one way any less legitimate than another. When this text went viral showing a photographer refusing to document one woman’s birth experience because it was a Cesarean section, people were understandably upset.The Sanctimommy Facebook page posted the exchange, which shows the expecting mother explaining the procedure to a photographer, writing, “I didn’t ‘opt’ for anything but alright. 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 photographer fired back with this appalling response: “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. 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.”

Is this photographer for real? To call a C-section “cutting corners” and “not birth” to deliver a child that way?

Responses on the Facebook post included some very offended folks, with one person writing: “Moron man. You don’t ask for a c-section, the doctor decides…What an idiot.”

Another person didn’t pull any punches, writing:

“Well this article doesn’t say why she was having a c-section, but seriously?? A surgery isn’t birth? So I was never born then? My mom and I both almost died and it was a c-section that saved us both. Screw this, I was born, I’m alive, and my mother was every bit as good a mother as anyone who shoves a baby out through her crotch. Screw this photographer.”

One commenter added her personal experience:

“I had no choice but to have a C-section due to the fact I was having twins and one was in trouble. I still gave birth regardless of how they came into the world, I’m just happy they were born alive and healthy. That was 28 yrs ago.”

Another person noted that perhaps the photographer wasn’t comfortable with shooting these images, explaining:

“photographer is well within her rights to say I’m sorry but I don’t think I could watch a C-section, but her choice of words are rude, hurtful and seriously misguided.”

While the discussion waged on in the comments section, one person pointed out: “This again. It was proven, the mother who posted this does things like this on local pages all the time seeking attention and trying to get free products.”

Another person added:

“The birth photographer that pointed this out as being fake actually does a lot of c-section births. With over 30% of births resulting in a c-section your cutting out a large number of clients if anyone believed that a c-section isn’t a birth. Most hospitals will now allow two support people if asked.”