One woman's passionate rebuttal against those who call cesarean sections "the easy way out" has taken the internet by storm, inspiring many to speak out.
“Oh. A c-section? So you didn’t actually give birth. It must have been nice to take the easy way out like that," begins Raye Lee's Facebook post, before she lashes out in response to comments like these.
Lee recalls being in labor for 38 hours in August before she had to undergo an emergency C-section after her baby's heart stopped each time she had a contraction.
She describes the surgery and her recovery process as "the most painful thing I have experienced in my life" -- and possibly one of the riskiest.
"I now belong to a bada-- tribe of mamas with the scar to prove that I had a baby cut out of me and lived to tell the tale. (because you can die from this, you know)," she writes.
Lee is right. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, roughly 13 women die out of every 100,000 C-sections.
In contrast, 4 out of 100,000 mothers die after vaginal deliveries.
Those statistics, combined with the pain, make comments undermining the difficulty of the operation "ironic" to Lee.
"Imagine not being able to use [your core muscles] because they have literally been shredded and mangled by a doctor and not being able to repair them for 6+ weeks because your body has to do it naturally," she says. "When that first nurse asked you to try getting out of bed and the ripping pain of a body cut apart and stitched back together seared through you, you realized the irony of anybody who talks about it being the "easy way out."'
Many applauded Lee for her post and agreed with her, and more than 14,000 shared her post.
"I, myself had 3 natural births AND 3 c sections," writes Carrie Sutton. "And to be honest, I would rather deliver naturally with no medication. C sections are the worst. It is far from the easy way out."
Sources: Raye Lee/Facebook, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists / Photo credit: Raye Lee/Facebook