Photographer furious after Facebook bans miraculous childbirth image for containing nudity
It’s a miraculous, one-in-a-million shot capturing a baby’s very first moments outside of the womb.
In itself, the image of a mother catching her baby’s head as it crowns is a unique and uncensored look at a childbirth – a process which is often airbrushed and sanitised.
But precisely because of photographer Morag Hasting’s candour, the photo has brought up the issues of social media censorship and how women’s bodies are represented.
Understandably a striking shot, it attracted a lot of praise from mums and mums-to-be.
Many of the latter responded by saying the picture had encouraged them to try giving birth standing up.
It was an instance of an image making a lot of people feel positively about the actual act of childbirth – which is no mean feat.
However, two weeks after the image went up on Morag’s page, Facebook decided it went against their community standards about nudity, and not only took it down, but unpublished her entire Facebook page.
For the self-employed mum-of-three, whose intent was for the image to be educational, this was upsetting and frustrating.
Part of Morag’s mission is to educate and empower parents when it comes to birth
Facebook’s action prompted her to write a blog post tackling the inconsistencies around female nudity and sexualisation.
She wrote: ” #Liberated + #Confidence These are words that describe Kim Kardashian West when she posts images of her beautiful body on Facebook…
“Trust me with that much traffic these images are getting reported but somehow they are still up.
“Even though the following image is directly against Facebook’s nudity rules. ‘ We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks.’
“I wish my clients and other women could feel #Liberated and have #Confidence with their unsexual birth images.”
Morag’s post describes how she woke up one morning to find out her page had been banned for 30 days. A page which Morag had worked hard to build up.
She continues: ” This image did not show ‘ full buttocks’ and definitely did not contain ‘sexual content’.
“The image that they removed showed a powerful woman catching her own baby standing up, there was a bit of the bottom of my clients bum, thighs, baby’s head… and some blood.”
The heartfelt blog post finishes with a message for Facebook – and anyone who is troubled by images of childbirth.
“Get with the times Facebook, it’s 2016, women are way more than sexual objects, we are amazing creatures that create life and we want to freely share it with each other so we can learn about birth in a healthy way.”
You can read Morag’s full post here .