i follow a lot of people on facebook who seem to get their pictures and posts deleted…quite often actually. almost daily i see a comment about how facebook admin took down a picture, or banned someone from signing into their account for a week because they broke facebook rules. and the people and organizations and pages i follow on facebook aren’t getting slapped on their wrists because they are being rude. or immodest. or promoting illegal activity. (all of which don’t seem to get deleted!) but they are just regular people posting things having to do with the birth and parenting process. just posting pictures of a placenta is grounds for facebook to ban you for a bit. and let’s not go near the topic of breastfeeding, because that’s a pretty automatic ban. yet you can receive pornographic friend requests daily and nothing is done.
makes sense, right?
well, how does this picture of a baby make you feel? yes, the baby is alive, and yes the baby is just seconds old. all of which were made clear. this is a rare and beautiful sneak peak into the lives of our littles when they are on the inside. this just happens to be on the outside!
i posted this picture last night that was linked to this birth story. i think it’s amazing. this is a twin preemie baby who was born in her amniotic sac. what a RARE glimpse into the lives of our babies while they are in the womb- on the outside! we can see how protected baby is inside that sac, and how cuddled up within themselves they are. safe. secure. what an amazing transition into the world for this little one. and this was from a surgical birth, which is extra rare for such care and precision to be taken to allow this to happen. it is possible in vaginal births as well, much less likely at a hospital though. i just wanted to share because i think it’s just incredible. mind blowing to see, on the outside, what baby’s life is like in there! it was deleted by the time i woke up. with a generic accompanying email saying that the content of the post was graphic. i was surprised but not surprised.
i don’t want to rock anyone’s boat or make anyone feel uncomfortable with the content that they see on their newsfeed (well, i do in many ways, but not in a harmful way), but i see this is a teaching moment. this is life. it’s biology. it’s creation. it’s reverent. the more we push things like this away the more we push away our relationship with our humanity. at least in my opinion. but heck, throw some spamming friend pages and more pictures of people engaging in illicit behaviors my way, facebook. that will teach us all what is more important and relevant, right?