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Mum divides opinion after turning up in full glam for C-section

A mother said she left people ‘flabbergasted’ after she turned up for her C-section wearing a full face of make-up so she’d ‘look good’ when the baby arrived.  

Bromley Elford, 28, from Wantage in Oxfordshire, opted for a C-section for the birth of her second baby, after experiencing an ‘awful’ natural birth with her first child nine years ago. 

Knowing the exact time and date she would be giving birth, the 28-year-old said she woke up two hours before she needed to be at the hospital to apply a full face of makeup and straighten her hair.

The mother-of-two is never without a fresh set of nails of eyelash extensions, and wasn’t going to let labour get in the way of looking her best.

Bromley sported a new set of acrylics and false eyelashes for the birth of her second baby, having visited the salon days before she was booked in for her C-section.

Bromley, 28, from Wantage in Oxfordshire, pictured after the C-section of her second child, Cove. The internet was divided when she shared a picture of her wearing a full face of make-up after the birth

Bromley, 28, from Wantage in Oxfordshire, pictured after the C-section of her second child, Cove. The internet was divided when she shared a picture of her wearing a full face of make-up after the birth

Bromley, snapped up a picture in her gown before the C-section, sending the picture pf her glamorous appearance to her colleagues

Bromley, snapped up a picture in her gown before the C-section, sending the picture pf her glamorous appearance to her colleagues 

Heartwarming photos show a glammed-up Bromley holding her son Cove Cottrell who was delivered at 1:55pm on Monday, June 3rd weighing 7lbs 8oz.

Before going into the theatre, the broadband office executive sent a photo of herself dressed in her surgery gown to her work colleagues, admitting they were ‘flabbergasted’ by her full face but also found it funny.

And after sharing a video on TikTok documenting her elective c-section journey, Bromley said while some users were quick to praise her glammed look, others couldn’t understand why she went to so much effort to give birth.

Bromley said: ‘I put a full face of make-up on as I wanted to look nice in my birth photos.

‘Obviously, I made sure a few days before the C-section I went ahead and had fresh nails and lashes done.

‘I got acrylic French tips done on my nails for £35 and got Russian eyelash extensions which cost £60.

‘Before going into my C-section I woke up at 5pm to put a full face of makeup on and left at 6:30am.

‘I straightened my hair too but I do this every day anyway. I had just been on holiday so luckily I didn’t need to fake tan as I had a natural one.

Bromley shared a video to her TikTok telling viewers that she had yet again, applied a full face of glamorous make-up, 17 hours following the birth of her son, Cove

Bromley shared a video to her TikTok telling viewers that she had yet again, applied a full face of glamorous make-up, 17 hours following the birth of her son, Cove

Bromley pictured sharing a cuddle with her son shortly after he was born by C-section. Knowing the exact time the birth would be, the 28-year-old woke up two hours before to apply a full face of make-up and straighten her hair

Bromley pictured sharing a cuddle with her son shortly after he was born by C-section. Knowing the exact time the birth would be, the 28-year-old woke up two hours before to apply a full face of make-up and straighten her hair

Bromley pictured posing in the mirror for a selfie before the birth of her son
Bromley pictured sharing a cuddle with her newborn, Cove, looking glamorous as usual

Bromley, pictured with her baby son, Cove. The mum-of-two is never without a full face of glam

Bromley smiled for a picture with her newborn, Cove, and his proud father, her partner Mark Cottrell

Bromley smiled for a picture with her newborn, Cove, and his proud father, her partner Mark Cottrell 

Baby Cove, pictured resting on mum's chest, is now four weeks old. Bromley, pictured, recommended a C-section to any mums who might be worried about giving birth naturally

Baby Cove, pictured resting on mum’s chest, is now four weeks old. Bromley, pictured, recommended a C-section to any mums who might be worried about giving birth naturally 

An adorable Cove pictured cosied up in a blanket, shortly after being born by C-section. He was delivered at 1:55pm on Monday, June 3rd weighing 7lbs 8oz

An adorable Cove pictured cosied up in a blanket, shortly after being born by C-section. He was delivered at 1:55pm on Monday, June 3rd weighing 7lbs 8oz

‘I sent some photos of myself before giving birth to my work girls and they were a bit flabbergasted at the full face but they thought it was hilarious.

‘They were asking what time I got up to do my make-up and why I had a full face on when I was going to go and have a baby.

‘After posting about it on TikTok I didn’t expect it to get so much traction. I also didn’t think it was that unusual to wear a full face of makeup.

‘I was shocked at how shocked some people were. Some of the comments were lovely and said how nice I looked. Some people questioned why I did this.’

Cove, who is now four weeks old, was a much better birth according to the glam mum, who recommended a C-section to other mums if they are worried about giving birth naturally.

She has also hit back at people commenting on her decision to wear makeup into surgery and said her post-birth pictures looked great because of this.

Bromley said: ‘I look back at the photos that were taken after having my first daughter and I don’t even look alive.

‘[This time] I wanted to get some nice photos to look back on. I took in a Polaroid camera and I was happy with the photos. I thought I looked quite good.

‘I would definitely recommend this to other pregnant women. If you know your birth is planned and you’re going to want pictures afterwards, why would you not make the effort?

Bromley pictured in sweet polaroid pictures of her and her newborn. She said she was pleased to finally grab some good pictures as she thought she 'didn't look alive' in pictures after the birth of her first child

Bromley pictured in sweet polaroid pictures of her and her newborn. She said she was pleased to finally grab some good pictures as she thought she ‘didn’t look alive’ in pictures after the birth of her first child

Baby Cove having some of his first pictures taken. Bromley has also hit back at people commenting on her decision to wear makeup into surgery and said her post-birth pictures looked great because of this

Baby Cove having some of his first pictures taken. Bromley has also hit back at people commenting on her decision to wear makeup into surgery and said her post-birth pictures looked great because of this

Cove, who is four weeks old, pictured snoozing in his car seat. Friends who saw Bromley's picture looking glam before the C-section were 'flabbergasted' but found it funny

Cove, who is four weeks old, pictured snoozing in his car seat. Friends who saw Bromley’s picture looking glam before the C-section were ‘flabbergasted’ but found it funny 

New born baby, Cove, pictured with his glamorous mum. Since sharing a post about her c-section on TikTok, Bromley's post has received more than 300,000 views and nearly 500 comments

New born baby, Cove, pictured with his glamorous mum. Since sharing a post about her c-section on TikTok, Bromley’s post has received more than 300,000 views and nearly 500 comments

Viewers were divided over Bromley's choice to look glamorous to 'meet' her son. The mum hit back at negative comments saying she couldn't believe it 'bothered somebody so much'

Viewers were divided over Bromley’s choice to look glamorous to ‘meet’ her son. The mum hit back at negative comments saying she couldn’t believe it ‘bothered somebody so much’

‘To the negative comments, I just cannot believe that me having a full face of makeup to my own surgery to meet my baby bothered somebody else so much.

‘It just baffles me that someone would take the time out of the day to comment negative things on someone else’s post.

‘The c-section went really well and I would 100 percent recommend it. Everything about it was positive and my recovery has been amazing too.’

Since sharing a post about her c-section on TikTok, the post has received more than 300,000 views and nearly 500 comments.

One user said: ‘Only you could make a birth look so glamorous. This is so lush.’

Another added: ‘Imagine being that concerned about having your hair and make up done for pictures when you’re literally about to give birth.’

A third commented: ‘Makeup on! Is it that important?’

A fourth affectionately wrote: ‘Beautiful mommy and baby boy. Congratulations. May he bring you countless years of joy and happiness.’