Kim Kardashian's Butt Broke the Internet, But Mom Giving Birth Gets Banned​ (PHOTO)​

In case you haven't noticed, Facebook tends to be uncomfortable with showing motherhood in all its glory, banning everything from pregnancy portraits to breastfeeding pics. Now they've censored another photo, this one of a woman's behind during a water birth.

The irony? A strikingly similar pic of Kim Kardashian's naked derriere has been plastered all over Facebook recently. Which is why the mom behind posting the water birth pic -- Milli Hill, founder of the Positive Birth Movement -- is miffed.


Take a look at the photo in question:

water birth banned from Facebook

And there you have it -- along with Facebook's explanation of why it was censored due to their "community standards regarding nudity." Er, then why is a reality star's bare butt okay to show while this one is not?

Hill, a doula and mom of three living in England, first started the grass-roots Positive Birth Movement in October 2012 with the hopes of helping moms meet up (virtually and in person) to frankly discuss their experiences about birth.

"It was mainly born out of my frustration of hearing women going into birth with high hopes and then having quite traumatic experiences," she tells The Stir. "I felt that this could not be right. After becoming a doula, I first thought about setting up my own little group in my own home. Then I wondered, 'If I am willing to run a group like this for free, perhaps other passionate women out there might want to do the same?' I dropped the idea out into cyberspace via my blog, and the response was overwhelming. In just a few weeks my inbox was filled with people wanting to set up groups."

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Her cause quickly took off: Today, the Positive Birth Movement boasts nearly 300 groups worldwide in the US, United Kingdom, even Turkey and Qatar. And not surprisingly, many of these moms want to share birth pictures.

"Many women send their photos in to share the experience of giving birth with other mothers," Hill explains. "And I think these images should be shared -- on Facebook and otherwise -- because I think that they really help women to feel more confident and less fearful about childbirth.

"Childbirth is very hidden in our current culture. Women really want more information about what birth is like, and these photos give that. They also show birth in a way that it is not usually portrayed on TV and in the mainstream media -- woman on her back, distressed, surrounded by an atmosphere of panic and machinery. They show women catching their own babies, giving birth without intervention, upright and strong."

To date, the Positive Birth Facebook page has more than 12,000 "likes" -- but apparently, Facebook isn't as enthusiastic a fan.

The social media site has banned numerous photos on her page -- the first in June, another in October -- both of water births. Each time, in response, Hill denounced Facebook's decision in her weekly column at Best Daily UK, which attracted further coverage. So when she posted a third water birth photo last Friday, she was not surprised when Facebook censored that one too -- and banned her from Facebook for one week. 

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"This time I just felt the timing was pretty ironic though, as the Kim Kardashian [butt] pics were all over the Internet," Hill says. "It's amazing how two quite similar pictures of bottoms can cause such differing reactions! It seems like women's bodies are more acceptable when they are sexualized and objectified than when they are doing something active and incredible like giving birth or breastfeeding."

Hill tweeted the two "bottoms" side by side -- an eye-catching way to make her point that quickly went viral.

"The fact that people are alarmed by the birth photo says a lot to me about how birth is viewed in our current culture," Hill says. "We currently have a really big problem with birth, and it is not being talked about or addressed! Maybe the debate over these images will raise some important points."

Hill, who's also the author of the upcoming book Water Birth: Stories to Inspire and Inform, doesn't expect to change minds. But she does hope her efforts will highlight the hypocrisy of letting sexy celebrity butts run rampant online while banning natural photos of motherhood.

"Even if you disagree with images like this being shared, I hope that it makes you question what it is about the images that makes you feel uncomfortable," Hill says. "Some people have said, 'I don't want my children seeing pictures like that.' But I would ask: what are we trying to protect people from by keeping the reality of childbirth from them? As the mother of young girls, I actually think that a lot of the images, such as Kim Kardashian, of women being viewed as sex objects, are potentially far more damaging to them than seeing a picture of birth happening.

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"I would prefer my daughters to know what amazing things their body can do rather than feel they have to aspire to a totally unrealistic body image and pose for the benefit of men. The latter has far more potential to have a negative impact on them in my opinion."

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Photo caption: Milli Hill and her newborn daughter Albie and 4-year-old Ursula. Images via Milli Hill; Positive Birth Movement

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