Actress Kate Hudson is facing public backlash after she called getting a cesarean section was the "laziest thing" she's ever done.
The 38-year-old mum-of-two made the comment during a recent interview for Cosmopolitan's October issue, where her statement was labeled by fans as "ignorant", "shameful", and "offensive".
"Even if it was elective for no medical reason, major abdominal surgery and giving birth still isn't the laziest thing any human being has ever done," one commenter wrote on Kate Hudson's Instagram post.
"Really, you've never skipped brushing your teeth, stayed in PJs all day, ordered out for multiple meals, fed your kids cereal cause you didn't feel like cooking, wore the same shirt two days in a row, etc. Literally any of those mundane things require less effort and are lazier than a major surgery.
"And maybe if us c-section mums weren't made to feel like sh*t and less than mums for not giving birth vaginally, we could all just laugh this off as a bad joke. Buuut here we are, with the 'natural birth' community shaming us, and comments like this hurt those of us who had no choice."
"It's unfortunate you see c-sections as lazy," added another mum. "Mine was the most terrifying and traumatising thing in my life, where both my child and myself are lucky to be alive."
A gynaecologist even weighed into the debate, commenting: "Having had 3 myself and having performed thousands over 18 years, I beg to differ."
Kate Hudson has yet to comment about the controversy around her statement.