“Oh. A C-section? So you didn’t actually give birth. It must have been nice to take the easy way out like that.”
This was the snide remark that new mom Raye Lee received after she revealed that she had delivered her baby by Cesarean section.
Less than impressed, she took to Facebook where she wrote a scathing response to anyone who thinks that a C-section is taking "the easy way out".
"Ah, yes. My emergency C-section was absolutely a matter of convenience. It was really convenient to be in labor for 38 hours before my baby went into distress and then every contraction was literally STOPPING his HEART," reads the caption accompanying Raye's photo of the scar.
"It had nothing to do with the fact that I physically couldn’t because I was given no other choice to save the life of my child. Oh, and that surgery is super easy peasy to recover from.
"WRONG, That is all sarcasm."
She reveals that initially she had been told she was displaying "great progress" wouldn't need a C-Section. But when she went into labour, she was told she was being prepped for "major abdominal surgery".
She goes on to say the procedure was the "most painful thing I have experienced in my life."
"Having a shrieking infant pulled out of an incision that is only 5 inches [12,7 cm] long, but is cut and shredded and pulled until it rips apart through all of your layers of fat, muscle, and organs (which they lay on the table next to your body, in order to continue to cut until they reach your child) is a completely different experience than I had imagined my sons birth to be."
"This was not pleasant. It still isn't."
She explains how sitting merely sitting down is almost impossible as "you use your core muscles for literally everything".
"Imagine not being able to use them 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.
"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". So f**** you and f**** how you see what I did," she wrote.
"I am the strongest woman, that I know. Not only for myself, but for my beautiful son... and I would honestly go through this every single day just to make sure I am able to see his smiling face."
The viral post has amassed almost 18 000 shares. In solidarity, mothers all over the world have also shared their own experiences.