'You've not given birth properly': Mother shamed by friends for having C-section birth

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A mother has taken to the internet to ask for advice after being shamed by friends for having a C-section birth and not knowing the real experience of labour.

The mum, who goes by the username "Reallyreallyreally1" on Mumsnet, said she recently met up with some friends she hadn't seen in the five months since she had had her new baby.

After talking about her experience having a C-section, one of her friends said: "So you've come away from that thinking that you know what it's like to have a baby".

"You've not given birth properly, you've not be in transition, you've only done the easy bit. So many women think they've given birth, but they have no idea," she said.

The mother said she was left confused and wondering if she had had the "easy bit", especially when another friends said that the C-section was the "easy option".

She then asked if her friends' views were a normal perspective on childbirth.

The post received hundreds of responses, with most people saying that her friends had been "horrible" and "ridiculous".

"For some reason some women think pregnancy, labour and parenting is a competition," said one.

"Of course you've given birth, your baby has been born so you must have done," said another.