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Gemma Atkinson hits back after being told C-section isn't 'proper labour'

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After a follower teased that having a c-section wasn't a 'real birth' on Gemma Atkinson's Instagram post, the radio presenter has put the mum-shaming to bed as she says there is no easy option when it comes to giving birth.

The Hits Radio presenter welcomed baby Mia with boyfriend Gorka Marquez on July 4th after a traumatic birth including a postpartum haemorrhage and a c-section. 

Gemma admitted that she has been feeling like a failure since her difficult delivery, and has since doubted herself after a follower on Instagram teased her about taking the 'easy option' when giving birth to Mia. 

Soon after she read the comment, Gemma wrote to her followers and addressed any mums who have gone through the same thing: "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?"



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"Had I not done it “properly” ? 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.

"However you brought your baby into the world was right for you and your baby at that time and that’s what matters.

"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. ❤️" 

The Instagram post was a quote relating to c-sections and it addressed the stigma around it. 

It read: "Cut me open. I love my baby so much, that I will do anything to get my baby out of my body alive.

"Lay me out, cut me open because I love my baby so much. That is courage. That is bravery and sacrifice and mothering in its purest form.

"That is the willingness to lay down your body and risk your life that your child might be born, that your child might live." 



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The former soap star opened up about the details of her traumatic and difficult birth experience too. 

Gemma said: "Gorka got a doctor and she took 1 look at me & again pressed the panic button. I was having a haemorrhage.

"A big one & I lost a lot of blood.

"I don’t remember much other than having around 9 doctors in the room, some injecting me, hooking me to drips, physically pulling clots out of me & one comforting Gorks who was beside himself in the corner." 

Strictly Come Dancing's Gorka and Gemma have been loving parenthood so far with baby Mia, and Gorka has announced that he won't be competing as a professional on Strictly this year. 

He wrote on Instagram: "For everybody that’s been asking, I can let you know that this series, I sadly won’t be partnered with a celebrity for the main series of Strictly.

"However, I will still be heavily involved in all of the group numbers and all things Strictly! 

"I’m excited to see this year’s celebs and my fellow professionals dance for the Glitter Ball and I hope to be back fighting for it next year. 

"As always, it’s gonna be a GREAT series. 🕺🏼💃" 

One commented on the post: "Nooo why?? You are brilliant?? I hope it’s your choice so you can spend more time with baby and mum x"

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While training as a journalist at the University of Gloucestershire for 3 years, she was nominated for the Best Feature Category at the Midlands Student’s Media Awards this year, and Head of News and Social Media for the university’s radio station, Tone Radio. Ellie has been published by the likes of Heatworld, Heart, Gloucestershire Live, and ITV West Country. 

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