Saturday, June 4, 2011

"Explicit" Photo of Face Presentation Violated Facebook Terms of Use

Face presentation is rare, and most people won't ever see one in their lives. A mama I know recently pushed her baby out face first when she had her VBAC in the hospital. This is an amazing photo that her photographer took of the baby's face emerging. I'm in awe of mamas, babies, and birth itself. Babies can come out in all sorts of ways. The mother gave birth with an intact perineum (no stitches needed) and the baby was healthy without any problems.

If this photo offends you, I'm sorry. I don't post it to be shocking or offensive. I feel it's tastefully done and shows something simply amazing. I find it beautiful and interesting. I posted this on the Mamas and Babies facebook page and I was reported for posting an explicit or obscene photo and had to remove it or face losing my account.

Notice the baby's tongue between the lips. What an amazing shot.

From the photographer: " This picture may be shared under these conditions: no editing or cropping of any kind, please. You may repost exactly as you see it."
MamaMatters.com


21 comments:

  1. I love this photo. It is very tastefully done in my opinion. I showed it to my husband last night when it was still on facebook and he thought it was so cool. Thanks for sharing <3 It's so sad that one of natures precious gifts, birth, is looked at as explicit.

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  2. AMAZING!!!! Especially considering VBAC mama in a hospital!!!

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  3. She had an incredible support team who helped her stand her ground and avoid interventions that might have led to a repeat cesarean. Her midwife, doula, and husband were amazing throughout her labor and instrumental in helping her achieve this, after a very long, difficult labor.

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  4. Glad you reposted my photo! Please include a link to my website if you would be so kind. :) www.mamamatters.com

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  5. I was the mother in this photo. I will admit that it was an incredible experience and even now it is so humbling to see how educational this is to people. My midwife had never even seen a delivery like this and the OB who was overseeing her hadn't seen one in 17 years... he said that the chances of this happening are 1/1000 and are almost always automatic c-sections. Miraculously, my baby and I suffered no ill from this birth (no tearing or cutting needed, and no neck problems for her, etc).

    My birth story is very long and drawn out and honestly a lot to process, so when I have had my time and am ready to write it, I would be more than willing to share it with you all.

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    1. Thank you for sharing this picture. My daughter was born face presentation a year ago tomorrow. It took me a long time to process but I'm so proud of my strong baby. Thank you.

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  6. I was lucky enough to witness a face presentation back in January. The doctor said he had delivered for twenty years and he had never seen a face presentation. I was so excited.

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  7. wow, this is an AMAZING photo - October Mom, congratulations on both your beautiful baby & VBAC!

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  8. AMAZING!!!! This is beautiful! As a labor and delivery nurse I have seen doctors call c-sections for this. I am thankful to see this beautiful photo and that mom and baby are both fine. God Bless you both and thanks for sharing!

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  9. Absolutely incredible! How beautiful...

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  10. That is a really cool photo. Pretty amazing.

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  11. Did you happen to deliver in Utah county somewhere? I am a trained Doula looking for a Physician for my client. She wants to have a VBAC and wants a good supportive Care provider. She would like to deliver in the hospital. Thanks

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  12. Yes Anonymous. Dr. Parker works with the American Fork Midwives and he is the OB that my home birth midwife knows and recommends. Your client may also be able to see the midwives at the center. They attend births at the American Fork hospital, which is probably one of the best in the county for moms and babies. They seem to be most open to natural birth and non-pharmacological pain relief methods, and they're very supportive of breastfeeding.

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  13. A totally amazing picture. I gave birth to my son in february and he was posterior facial presentation, in other words back to bck and face first. He was very bruised, swollen, had pressure blisters on his cheeks and eyes and was in SCBU for 2 days. I wont lie, I had to have a rather large episiotomy, he was 10lb 3oz too! haha! But now that I'm able to talk about it (I was quite sensitive about the whole birth for a couple of months)I look back in sheer wonder. He was a BIG baby, he was the wrong way round and face first, but I still avoided c-section. I have a 2y.o daughter also and my delivery with her was a breeze. Anyhow, my son had no lasting damage to his face, it thankfully was all superficial. But thankyou so so very much for showing this picture, I never seen my son as he was emerging as everything was rather hectic, so to see this is fabulous. A picture of sheer magic. Well done october mom!

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  14. Amazing photo! Caught at the right second, never to be forgotten. Priceless & my compliments to the photographer. May the mother and baby dwell in peace and a blessed life.
    I delivered my 5th & last child with a face first presentation. When the ob asked if I wanted to see, I looked down and saw the most beautiful smile on my son's face. Squished and dark pink, he was smiling, happy to be born! At 10 years old now, Randy, Jr. wears the same smile daily, a truly happy child. It's said a smile is contagious, and I have proof to say it's true.

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  15. this is amazing to see...i gave birth to my son on 13/12/11 and he was also face presentation. I had never heard of it before until the moment in labour when a doctor was rushed into the room and i asked what was wrong. They said he was coming out face first. But before the doc had finished washing his own hands i had continued to push baby on out!!.. I had no pain relief whatsoever, no tears or stitches either! baby had bruised face and bloodshot eyes for a while after but nothing serious. He was 6lb 15 oz at birth. I only found out after how rare it was and how most end up in c-section!
    Amazing photo as i couldn't see my own!!
    Lorraine (mum to Jared) Northern Ireland

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  16. what a beautiful photo. How could it be obscene. There is something disappointingly immature about the outlook of the boys who run Facebook.

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  17. my son was born with face presentation. he is now 6, but the thing is I never knew until this year! the doctors had not told me his presentation and it was a vaginal birth. I had only asked my mom how he had presented as my 3rd child (now 8weeks) presented to the side faxing my thigh. this picture is amazing. I only wish I could have had pictures as artistic as this for my 3 deliveries.

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  18. im Donna Dames from Kenya,last year 2012 Feb,i was delivering my 4th born,and something shocking happened that i was due on Feb 19 so i went for a check-up to see if i had started to labor,yes the doc said i had opened up 4cm so i was to walk the hospital the whole day but still the baby was not dropping at 2am on 20th Feb,i was called by the nurse in-charge and i was induced i started to labor 3times in 10min things were going so well but at around 5 in the morning,Doctors were called in because they could now feel the nostril for the baby it now an emergency as they were doing the preparations to go to the theater,the baby just appeared but she was very tired and was damaged by the nurses as they were testing me.We stayed in the ICU for two wks and with the help of a good pedi my baby survived i only took photos when she was at the ICU her body structure was like that of a good with an extended neck. i thank God for everything

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  19. Thank you for sharing this photo! My 3rd child was born in April 2009 with face presentation. I was not able to see her during the birth and we have no photos because I was rushed to the hospital from the birth center in an ambulance. Things were pretty rushed and my husband left the camera in the car, so I am always thankful for any photos posted on the internet. Thanks to my wonderful CNM who fought for me and my baby, I was able to deliver her naturally and without a c-section. Unfortunately, I only saw her for a minute before the nurses took her to the NICU because of her swelling. She ended up being completely healthy and now at 4 years old she is still absolutely perfect!

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