There remains a great deal of body shaming and judgement when new mothers and childbirth are concerned - particularly when it comes to C-sections.
Some women even lie to cover-up the "shame" of not giving birth naturally (in 2013, Kate Winslet admitted she lied about having her first-born daughter naturally).
C-sections are a perfectly normal way to give birth, and certainly stop people from being any less of a mother.
That's why Olivia White, a mother of two from Australia, shared a candid Instagram post about having C-section.
You can see why it's gone viral.
Look I know it might not be my best angle (or is it?) but who wouldn't take selfies hours post birth so they can see where they sliced you open and yanked out a whole person (if you couldn't tell I still couldn't see past my still inflated uterus)
This is what you really look like a few hours post c-section. 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 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 rainbows and lollipops till the spinal wears off! [sic]
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 wore 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.
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. But for all the skin tight Kookai dresses I bought while pregnant that now make me look like I have a Kangaroo pouch. [sic]
Despite the pain, she said she wouldn't change it.
I wouldn't change it! Because if it wasn't for the ability to deliver my babies this way they might not be here today.
After delivering both her daughters - 3-year-old Annabelle and 1-year-old Theodora - via C-section, Olivia was told by some people that they weren't "real births", which inspired her to write this post.
Speaking to HuffPost, she said
Mostly, I just want people to know the reality of a C-section and make those who had C-section know they don’t need to defend themselves!
It doesn’t matter how you birth a baby!” she added. “We are all mothers and we need to stick together.