Actress Defends Herself Against Idiots Who Call C-Sections 'Easy'

by Valerie Williams
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Gemma Atkinson has words for those who think a c-section is in any way “easy”

UK actress Gemma Atkinson gave birth to her first child over the summer and in the weeks since, she’s posted a number of precious photos and updates about life as a new mom. Of course, part of new mom life is dealing with those who feel the need to judge and weigh in about every single aspect of pregnancy, birth, and a mom’s parenting decisions. Atkinson recently addressed one of those topics in a very honest Instagram post about being told her c-section birth was the “easy” way out.

Um, hell no.

Alongside a meme about exactly how brave c-section moms are, Atkinson writes, “A lady recently joked with me that id had the easy option when it came to having Mia as I didn’t experience ‘proper labour’ she wasn’t being nasty, she said it in jest and she was actually really lovely, but it did get me thinking when I got home. Had I failed? Had I not done it ‘properly’?”

Infuriating, right? Any mom who’s been there knows that there’s nothing easy about a c-section. And for the record? There’s no “easy” way of giving birth, period.

Which is exactly what Atkinson thought.

“After a good chat with myself i came to the conclusion that the only ‘proper’ way to have a baby is the way that’s safest for you and your baby. There is nothing easy about having a section. There is nothing easy about a vaginal delivery. They are both tiring, scary, emotionally draining and each have their own recovery process both mentally & physically.”

She absolutely nailed it. Frankly, only people who have never had a c-section could ever think they were “easy.” And even then, if a person has even the smallest bit of information about what a c-section actually entails, they would know how totally wrong that idea is. I had two and while I admit I went through a period of feeling like my birth experience wasn’t the “right” or “real” way to have things go down, I later realized exactly what Atkinson did — that there’s no such thing as the “right” way.


“However you brought your baby into the world was right for you and your baby at that time and that’s what matters,” she writes. “To any mums who like me, had to have a section and are feeling a little odd about it (which is normal) the above is for you.”