Birth photographer is back on Facebook


That's what Laura Eckert, a Shueyville, Ia., photographer, wrote today on the Facebook page for her New Creation birth photography business.

Facebook had disabled the page last month because it displayed photos taken during and just after childbirth. Earlier today, though, officials of the social media website apologized to Eckert and restored her company's page.

Eckert, 33, told the Associated Press she was shocked when Facebook notified her before Christmas that they had removed inappropriate photos from her page. Eckert said she had cropped all the photos on the New Creation page so they would meet Facebook's guidelines.

When she tried to log on to find out which photos were gone, Eckert discovered the account had been disabled.

A number of Eckert's supporters put together another Facebook page called "Restore Laura Eckert's account."

The photographer emailed Facebook repeatedly, asking for an explanation and reinstatement, but  the company did not respond until KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids aired a story about the dispute, she said.

"It's funny it happened after the media got involved," Eckert said. "I sent many polite e-mails asking for information over the course of the last few weeks and got no response. None."

Eckert said she believed the pictures that brought her page down were from a water birth last spring.

Facebook objected to some of the photos when she first posted them because they contained nudity, Eckert said. She then removed some photos and edited others to eliminate any sight of nipples or genitalia, with Facebook's standards in mind.

But then last month, all three of her Facebook pages, including the New Creation one, were gone.

"We make an occasional mistake. This is an example," said Facebook spokesman Simon Axten.

Eckert said she intends to continue to post birth photos on her Facebook page.

"I see the miraculousness of it," she told the AP. "Maybe that clouds my judgment a little bit."

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