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IN People ON 22 Mar, 2016
Giving birth to another life is the most soulful experience for a woman in all her life. Katie Crenshaw had the same feeling as she delivered a baby via c-section. But, then her friends told her to "fix" the baby's face.
Did not understand? Read on.
Charlie (her baby) was born with capillary hemangioma, that is, with a red birthmark under her right eye.
"It is usually the first thing people notice about her. I know, because it's usually the first thing that people comment on. The most common sentiments are, 'I'm praying that it goes away.' Or 'Bless her poor little heart.' I'm constantly being asked, 'When will that go away?' I've even heard things as harsh as, 'turn her to her good side,' or 'Too bad, she's so pretty otherwise.'"
Katie has no idea if the birthmark will be there forever or if it would go away. But, she thinks it is a part of who she is. As long as she is healthy, there shouldn't be a problem.
"Hold the pity. She's a healthy baby girl and we are blessed. Her hemangioma is just as insignificant to who she is as a freckle on her arm. You don't need to mention it, and you don't need to wish it away… Her entire face is my sweet Charlie, and it doesn't matter what it looks like", says a frustrated Katie to all the rude people.