“Birth is not neat and fast and quiet: it’s gritty and primal. But it’s nothing to fear unless you also think we ought to fear women crying when they are sad or laughing when they are happy.”
Mayim Bialik, Ph.D
The picture created a much needed conversation. One that included those that felt it was not modest or that they didn’t like the way she looked. And others also commented how they found her beautiful and the emotions real and that they saw it as just another way a woman expresses herself at birth. Normal. Real. Raw. Not quiet and pretty but real and raw and primal.
Later that night….the picture was removed by Facebook. Reported enough times for Facebook to take notice. Somewhere in our fans pages the picture is posted and who knows how long before it’s removed. Yet some day if collectively we as a birthing community keep educating about pregnancy and how it’s not a medical condition, it’s not a condition that is an emergency waiting to happen, it’s not something we should fear nor shy away from, something we shouldn’t talk about unless we’re Doctors, someday when a picture like this is posted for all to see, we won’t be afraid, we won’t think her immodest, too much for people to see, but we’ll see it for what is is….another form of normal.