Raye Lee, from Missouri in the United States, decided to write the honest Facebook post to dispel the myth that having a c-section is taking ‘the easy way out’ and that she didn’t really give birth.
She wrote: “Ah, yes. My emergency c-section was absolutely a matter of convenience. It was really convenient to be in labor for 38 hours before my baby went into distress and then every contraction was literally STOPPING his HEART.”
Lee explained that she didn’t choose to have a c-section, but rather it was necessary to save the life of her baby, after a complicated labour. She wrote that having a “shrieking infant pulled out of an incision that is only 5 inches long” was a completely different experience to what she had imagined her sons birth to be.
“You use your core muscles for literally everything… even sitting down, imagine not being able to use them because they have literally been shredded and mangled by a doctor and not being able to repair them for 6+ weeks because your body has to do it naturally.”
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Lee wrote that her c-section was the most painful thing she has ever experienced and that she now belongs “to a bad ass tribe of mamas with the scar to prove that I had a baby cut out of me and lived to tell the tale”.
The original post has been shared over 72 000 times and has garnered more than 9100 comments, with many people thanking Raye Lee for her honest and empowering post, and sharing their own c-section stories.
One person commented: “My first c-section was an emergency c-section at 25 weeks because I had placenta previa that ended up as a placental abruption. I earned that scar”.