Francie posted a photo of her first moments with her on a private Facebook group called NYC Birth which has around 800 members, is for “pregnant people, people trying to conceive, those who have birthed their children in NYC, and adoptive parents.”
It was reported that the caption of the photo she posted read: “Today it’s been one year since this happened. Where do I even begin? I am humbled. I am grateful. I am speechless, I am a badass. I am so glad my baby is one year old. And I just can’t believe it.”
When Francie gave birth to her youngest daughter last year, the delivery was quick.
So fast, in fact, the birthing team didn’t arrive in time at her home, and Francie, on her hands and knees, guided her baby into the world without assistance.
Francie called out for her husband to rush into the room and capture photos of their daughter’s birth. In one of them, Francie is naked, holding her newborn with both hands.
The photo then posted on Facebook was removed after a user reported it for violating the company’s rules forbidding certain types of nudity and now, the mother has questioned why Facebook removed it.
Francie, who runs TheMilkinMama and teaches breastfeeding mothers how to express milk with their hands, describes the birth of her daughter as “the single most transformative experience of her life.”
“My heart tells me to share it with others because I believe the sense of empowerment I gained with my birth and my daughter’s entry in the world could empower other women,”
she tells Mashable.
Facebook’s anti-nudity policy is quite strict. All images are treated the same, worldwide, across the site, so the fact that this photo appeared in a private group made no difference.
To that end, the NYC Birth group’s owner, Nora Painten, and her midwife, Kimm Sun, are hoping that Facebook will change how it reacts to such flaggings, as it has with breast-feeding photos and to raise awareness about the same.
“It is not always easy to find the right balance between enabling people to express themselves creatively while maintaining a comfortable experience for our global and culturally diverse community of many different ages, but we try our best,”
a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to Mashable.
It was to pay gesture to mankind. It was to give a message to inspire every woman. It was to celebrate the birth. It was to quote the life. It was to share a moment which couldn’t be described in thousand words. It wasn’t explicit!
Image by Leonardo Mayorga.