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Who doesn’t enjoy receiving birth announcements? The birth of a precious little baby is always a thing to celebrate. I’ve received blue birth announcements. Pink ones, too. I’ve seen sleeping babies in baskets just like Moses. I’ve cooed over photos of babies with wings as precious as cherubims.

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But is there such a thing as a “smug” birth announcement?

The author of this post really thinks so. New celebrity mom Teresa Palmer of Warm Bodies fame recently shared a photo of the actress holding her son’s tiny hand (also showcasing a hefty ring on her finger) on her Instagram with this caption:

Introducing Bodhi Rain Palmer born safely, lovingly and naturally last night. 8lbs even. Bodhi means “Enlightened one” Rain means “Abundant Blessings From Above…”

The blog poster took offense to the “safely, lovingly and naturally” part of her caption. As if Palmer was flaunting the fact that she had a natural birth. How is it considered smug if she is just stating the facts of how her birth went down?

I’m lost.

I also don’t understand the friction between mothers who have given birth “naturally” and those who haven’t. As a mom who has had one medicated birth, one natural birth in a hospital and four natural homebirths, I’ve had a variety of childbirth experiences. One thing is certain: everyone, no matter their circumstances surrounding labor and childbirth, hopes for a healthy baby. Bottom line–we all want our precious newborn in our arms. There shouldn’t be any judgement about how they got there.

Personally, I was not offended by Palmer’s birth announcement. But why, in 2014, do we still feel the need to stir up mommy wars? I’m a mommy. You’re a mommy. Our kids are beautiful, healthy and strong. That’s all we should be concerned about.

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Source: Instagram user tez_palmer

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