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May 18, 2017

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars

China has one of the highest C-section rates in the world and some women are getting tattoos to cover over the scars.

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Wang Ruoyu, 37, mother of a 16-year-old son and a yoga coach, poses with her new tattoo at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, April 12, 2017. Ruoyu had a caesarean delivery (C-section) because her baby weighed 4.25 kilograms at birth. She began practicing yoga for postpartum recovery and became a yoga coach. "I love all beautiful things that make me look better," she said, "I chose the pattern of a crown with wings to cover the scar. It looks nice." ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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An image of Wang Jing's pet cat "Little Pepper", is seen on Wang's legs as she is given a tattoo at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, March 1, 2017. Wang, who has a 20-year-old daughter, has spent thousands of dollars over the years on treatments to remove her caesarean delivery (C-section) scar. She decided to cover up the scar with a tattoo of "Little Pepper", one of her three pet cats. "I want to be more confident when wearing low-rise pants," she said. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Wang Ruoyu, 37, mother of a 16-year-old son and yoga coach, has her caesarean delivery (C-section) scar measured for a tattoo design, at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, April 12, 2017. Ruoyu had a caesarean delivery because her baby weighed 4.25 kilograms at birth. She began practicing yoga for postpartum recovery and became a yoga coach. "I love all beautiful things that make me look better," she said, "I chose the pattern of a crown with wings to cover the scar. It looks nice." ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Shi Hailei, 32, a tattoo artist, who gives free tattoos to mothers that want to cover up their caesarean delivery (C-section) scars, works in Samurai Tattoo studio in Shanghai, China, March 1, 2017. Hailei was inspired by a South American artist who tattooed the scars of women who had suffered from domestic violence. Two years ago, Shi came across a report that said China had one of the highest C-section rates in the world, he decided to help women who went through the operation. The free project has helped more than 20 mothers in the past two years. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Kiki, 25, mother of a 5-year-old boy, poses with her new tattoo, at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, March 15, 2017. "This is my fifth tattoo. I like flowers and have tattoos of flowers on my shoulders and legs. I enjoy getting tattoos, it's addictive," Kiki said. She chose to have caesarean delivery (C-section) over natural birth because she didn't want to suffer too much. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Wang Jing, 46, who is being tattooed, is reflected on an image depicting China's late Chairman Mao Zedong at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, March 1, 2017. Wang, who has a 20-year-old daughter, has spent thousands of dollars over the years on treatments to remove her caesarean delivery (C-section) scar. She decided to cover up the scar with a tattoo of "Little Pepper", one of her three pet cats. "I want to be more confident when wearing low-rise pants," she said. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Eason Zhou, 28, mother of a 5-year-old child, poses with her new tattoo at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, April 25, 2017. Zhou underwent a caesarean delivery (C-section) because the baby was past its due date. She has tried a scar-removal product before but it didn't work very well. She saw reports on the artist and wanted to have a try. "In the past people thought tattoos were just for men, but now women are starting to get them too," she said. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Eason Zhou, 28, mother of a 5-year-old child, poses with her new tattoo at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, April 25, 2017. Zhou underwent a caesarean delivery (C-section) because the baby was past its due date. She has tried a scar-removal product before but it didn't work very well. She saw reports on the artist and wanted to have a try. "In the past people thought tattoos were just for men, but now women are starting to get them too," she said. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Li Ling, 34, mother of a 6-year-old boy, poses with her new tattoo at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, March 25, 2017. Ling's tattoo, which covers her caesarean delivery (C-section) scar, is of a forest under a night sky showing the the Capricornus Constellation. Capricorn is her zodiac sign. "I constantly felt hungry during my last month of pregnancy and I couldn't stop eating. As a result my son grew too big for a natural birth. He weighed 4.18 kilograms when he was born." ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Li Ling, 34, mother of a 6-year-old boy, poses with her new tattoo, which covers her caesarean delivery (C-section) scar, at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, March 25, 2017. Ling's tattoo is of a forest under a night sky showing the the Capricornus Constellation. Capricorn is her zodiac sign. "I constantly felt hungry during my last month of pregnancy and I couldn't stop eating. As a result my son grew too big for a natural birth. He weighed 4.18 kilograms when he was born." ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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A tattoo of a flower is applied to Kiki's belly at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, March 15, 2017. "This is my fifth tattoo. I like flowers and have tattoos of flowers on my shoulders and legs. I enjoy getting tattoos, it's addictive," Kiki said. She chose to have caesarean delivery (C-section) over natural birth because she didn't want to suffer too much. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Kiki, 25, mother of a 5-year-old boy, poses with her new tattoo, at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, March 15, 2017. "This is my fifth tattoo. I like flowers and have tattoos of flowers on my shoulders and legs. I enjoy getting tattoos, it's addictive," Kiki said. She chose to have caesarean delivery (C-section) over natural birth because she didn't want to suffer too much. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Li Ling, 34, mother of a 6-year-old boy, kisses a dog at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, March 25, 2017. Ling's tattoo, which covers her caesarean delivery (C-section) scar, is of a forest under a night sky showing the the Capricornus Constellation. Capricorn is her zodiac sign. "I constantly felt hungry during my last month of pregnancy and I couldn't stop eating. As a result my son grew too big for a natural birth. He weighed 4.18 kilograms when he was born." ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Grace Yuan's 3-year-old daughter Rebecca, looks at the caesarean delivery (C-section) scar on her mother's belly, which is being worked on by a tattoo artist, at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, April 26, 2017. Yuan's daughter thinks the scar is ugly, making Yuan want to cover it up. As a dance teacher, she feels awkward when the scar is exposed as she wears dancing costumes. "Now I feel more confident after getting this tattoo. I can dance freely on the stage without worries or awkwardness," said Yuan. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Grace Yuan, 34, mother of a 3-year-old daughter, teaches a dance class in Kunshan, near Shanghai, China, April 26, 2017. Yuan's daughter thinks the scar is ugly, so Yuan wants to cover it up. A dance teacher, she feels awkward when her caesarean delivery (C-section) scar is exposed when she wears costumes. "Now I feel more confident after getting this tattoo. I can dance freely on the stage without worries or awkwardness," said Yuan. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Wang Jing, 46, poses with her new tattoo at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, March 1, 2017. Wang, who has a 20-year-old daughter, has spent thousands of dollars over the years on treatments to remove her caesarean delivery (C-section) scar. She decided to cover up the scar with a tattoo of "Little Pepper", one of her three pet cats. "I want to be more confident when wearing low-rise pants," she said. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Grace Yuan, 34, mother of a 3-year-old daughter, poses with her new tattoo at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, April 26, 2017. Yuan's daughter thinks the scar is ugly, so Yuan wants to cover it up. A dance teacher, she feels awkward when her caesarean delivery (C-section) scar is exposed when she wears costumes. "Now I feel more confident after getting this tattoo. I can dance freely on the stage without worries or awkwardness," said Yuan. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Grace Yuan, 34, mother of a 3-year-old daughter, poses with her new tattoo, which covers her Caesarean delivery (C-section) scar, at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, April 26, 2017. Yuan's daughter thinks the scar is ugly, so Yuan wants to cover it up. A dance teacher, she feels awkward when the scar is exposed when she wears costumes. "Now I feel more confident after getting this tattoo. I can dance freely on the stage without worries or awkwardness," said Yuan. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Eason Zhou, 28, mother of a 5-year-old child, checks a tattoo design on a computer with her tattoo artist Shi Hailei at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, April 25, 2017. Zhou underwent a caesarean delivery (C-section) because the baby was past its due date. She has tried a scar-removal product before but it didn't work very well. She saw reports on the artist and wanted to have a try. "In the past people thought tattoos were just for men, but now women are starting to get them too," she said. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Shi Hailei, 32, designs a tattoo for Li Ling in Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, March 25, 2017. The idea came from a South American tattoo artist who gave scar-covering artworks for women who suffered from domestic violence. Two years ago, Shi came across a report that said China had one of the highest rates of Caesarean delivery (C-section) surgery in the world and decided to help women who went through the operation. The free project has helped more than 20 mothers in the past two years. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Shi Hailei, 32, a tattoo artist who gives free tattoos to mothers that want to cover up their caesarean delivery (C-section) scars, works in Samurai Tattoo studio in Shanghai, China, March 25, 2017. Hailei was inspired by a South American artist who tattooed the scars of women who had suffered from domestic violence. Two years ago, Shi came across a report that said that China had one of the highest C-section rates in the world. He decided to help women who went through the operation. The free project has helped more than 20 mothers in the past two years. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Grace Yuan's 3-year-old daughter Rebecca, touches the caesarean delivery (C-section) scar on her mother's belly, at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, April 26, 2017. Yuan's daughter thinks the scar is ugly, making Yuan want to cover it up. As a dance teacher, she feels awkward when the scar is exposed as she wears dancing costumes. "Now I feel more confident after getting this tattoo. I can dance freely on the stage without worries or awkwardness," said Yuan. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Shi Hailei, 32, a tattoo artist, takes photos of Wang Ruoyu's tattoo at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, April 12, 2017. Ruoyu had a caesarean delivery (C-section) because her baby weighed 4.25 kilograms at birth. She began practicing yoga for postpartum recovery and became a yoga coach. "I love all beautiful things that make me look better," she said. "I chose the pattern of a crown with wings to cover the scar. It looks nice." ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Kiki, 25, mother of a 5-year-old boy, poses with her new tattoo, at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, March 15, 2017. "This is my fifth tattoo. I like flowers and have tattoos of flowers on my shoulders and legs. I enjoy getting tattoos, it's addictive," Kiki said. She chose to have a caesarean delivery (C-section) over natural birth because she didn't want to suffer too much. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Wang Jing, 46, waits for tattoo artist Shi Hailei to transfer a tattoo design onto her caesarean delivery (C-section) scar at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, March 1, 2017. Wang, who has a 20-year-old daughter, has spent thousands of dollars over the years on treatments to remove her caesarean delivery scar. She decided to cover up the scar with a tattoo of "Little Pepper", one of her three pet cats. "I want to be more confident when wearing low-rise pants," she said. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Chinese mothers tattoo over C-section scars
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Wang Ruoyu, 37, a mother of a 16-year-old son and a yoga coach, poses with her new tattoo at Samurai Tattoo in Shanghai, China, April 12, 2017. Ruoyu had a caesarean delivery (C-section) because her baby weighed 4.25 kilograms at birth. She began practicing yoga for postpartum recovery and became a yoga coach. "I love all beautiful things that make me look better," she said. "I chose the pattern of a crown with wings to cover the scar. It looks nice." ALY SONG/REUTERS

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