No matter how you choose to do it, there’s one thing that no-one will debate you on: Childbirth is hard. After all, it is called labor for a reason. That being said, there are some people out there who criticize women who have c-sections, saying that these ladies “took the easy way out”. This Australian mommy-blogger decided enough was enough and shared her story on Instagram to prove once and for all that c-sections are by no means easy.
C-Sections on Not the Easy Way Out
Olivia White, who operates the mom blog House of White, had a c-section, and you know what? It was extremely painful. Tired of hearing women shame others for how “easy” having a cesarean instead of a vaginal birth, she posted some photos to her Instagram to share her story. The picture was taken just a few hours post-delivery, and it really sheds light on how difficult that process is. (1)
Along with the image of the 6-inch incision made in her lower abdomen, she wrote a caption to try to uncover some of the misconceptions that people have about this process. (1) In classic Aussie fashion, she used an analogy of a surfer:
“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! ” (1)
She hadn’t intended to share the photo, she felt she had to after a friend told her how shamed she felt by other women about her own c-section. She knew she needed to use her platform to remind people of how difficult a cesarean is, not just during the procedure, but also afterward. (1)
C-Sections & Body Image Issues
In her caption, Olivia highlights the body challenges that c-section mommies have to face that those who were able to give birth naturally don’t. (1)
“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” she wrote. (1)
Since the post went viral, Olivia has shared with other news outlets how she had a cesarean for both of her daughters, as she had no contractions and was unable to go into labor properly. Despite her struggles and how immensely painful having a c-section is, she, too, was informed by other women that she had “the easy way out”. (1)
A Post That Resonates With Many
Many other moms have commented on the post thanking her for sharing. As it turns out, man c-section moms feel shamed by those who haven’t shared the experience. (1)
One commenter, who had to have two c-sections as well, was even told by another mom that she was not a “real” mom because she did not give birth naturally. According to this mom, she didn’t have the same bond with her children because she did not go through the act of pushing them out herself. (1)
Other moms have highlighted that many of the women who have c-sections first go through long hours of labor before the doctors decide that they will have to have a cesarean. For days and weeks afterward, simple movement can be excruciating, and many moms are unable to do basic tasks or even pick up their child due to pain and fear of tearing. (1)
The bottom line is that pregnancy, giving birth, and motherhood is hard, no matter how each mom chooses to do it. Women and mothers need to support each other, instead of making other moms feel bad because their story is different from what you may deem as “normal” or “proper”.
Thank you, Olivia, for breaking through the stigma that surrounds c-sections. Let’s all take a lesson from her post and send nothing but love and support to other mammas from now on.
DOJ, IRS Investigating Crypto Exchange Binance
Binance Holdings Ltd. is facing a federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service, Bloomberg reported Thursday.
Officials specializing in tax and money-laundering investigations are probing the world’s largest crypto exchange, according to the report.
Binance operates a sprawling global empire of crypto trading, including derivatives, which are essentially barred from the U.S. market. The Binance brand has attempted to project itself as above-board through recent regulatory hires including former U.S. senator Max Baucus. Former banking regulator Brian Brooks was installed as CEO of Binance’s U.S. affiliate last month.
“We take our legal obligations very seriously and engage with regulators and law enforcement in a collaborative fashion,” a Binance spokesperson said in a statement. “We have worked hard to build a robust compliance program that incorporates anti-money laundering principles and tools used by financial institutions to detect and address suspicious activity.”
She declined to comment on the reported investigation.
Binance CEO “CZ” Changpeng Zhao commented on the Bloomberg article in a tweet:
The CDC director just gave us a dark coronavirus warning
The latest coronavirus update for the US through mid-morning on Thursday shows that, according to the latest data collected by the team at Johns Hopkins University, more than 28.7 million coronavirus cases have been reported in the US since the start of the pandemic. Additionally, the coronavirus death toll in the US was approaching 519,000 as of the time of this writing.
Nevertheless, two states created an uproar this week when both states (Texas and Mississippi) announced their decision to pull back restrictions and mandates imposed during the pandemic, like max capacity requirements for businesses and statewide face mask rules. President Biden criticized these moves as the product of “Neanderthal thinking,” while CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky actually went farther than that — warning during a White House press briefing this week that the US could lose all of the progress made thus far as a result of the spread of more transmissible coronavirus variants. Spread that would be helped even more by states like these and others that join them pulling back on their coronavirus-related public safety measures too soon.
“Please hear me clearly,” Dr. Walensky said. “At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained. These variants are a very real threat to our people and to our progress. Now is not the time to relax the critical safeguards that we know could stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, not when we are so close.”
While there has been a degree of promising news coverage in recent days and weeks, make no mistake: We’re still very much in the middle of a dangerous pandemic. COVID-19 cases, as well as related deaths, are up about 2% compared to last week — and we’re now averaging around 67,000 coronavirus cases per day, along with some 2,000 deaths each day.
Along these lines, and related to the Texas and Mississippi news, former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb had an important insight to share in a CNBC interview this week — namely, that governments and public health experts need to start talking to people about the end of the pandemic and how we get there. Else, we’ll see more people go down this same road, either by feeling like things are hopeless or prematurely easing up on safety measures. “If we continue to be very prescriptive and not give people a realistic vision for a better future, they’re going to start to ignore the public health guidance,” Gottlieb said.
Walensky continued her remarks by noting that an average of less than 70,000 coronavirus cases a day seems good compared to where we were a few months ago. But we “cannot be resigned” to that.
“Please stay strong in your conviction, continue wearing your well-fitted mask and taking the other public health prevention actions that we know work,” she said. “Ultimately, vaccination is what will bring us out of this pandemic. To get there, we need to vaccinate many more people.”
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