Tattoo Artist Offers Free Tattoos For Moms With C-Section Scars

Several women have thanked Shi Hailei for helping them regain their confidence.
05/18/2017 10:32am ET

Shi Hailei, a tattoo artist at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, is helping new moms regain their confidence after giving birth via caesarean section by offering free tattoos to cover the scars.

China has a high C-section rate, with approximately 35 percent of Chinese babies delivered via caesarean instead of vaginal birth. Many attribute this high rate to China’s one-child policy, economy and healthcare conditions, while others note that superstition from relatives may encourage women to schedule C-sections on lucky days on the Chinese calendar.

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This mom decided to cover up her scar with a tattoo of "Little Pepper", one of her three pet cats.

Shi’s free tattoos aim to help C-section mamas regain their confidence as they recover from the surgical procedure and try to embrace their postpartum bodies.

“I felt awkward to see my scar when wearing a low-waist dancing dress,” dance teacher Grace Yuan, who got a rose tattoo in April, told Reuters. “I can dance freely on the stage now without worries or awkwardness.”

Here’s to helping all moms feel confident in their postpartum bodies!

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