Amy Gebert knew she wanted to do something a little bit different for her son’s first birthday.
She decided to do a cake smash photo shoot with her little boy Phoenix – but with a very unusual theme.
Instead of the traditional balloons and fancy dress she went for a Zombie theme.
But after posting the pictures on social media to share them with family and friends she received a torrent of abuse.
Many people thought the photos were inappropriate and distasteful, and Amy was even removed from a parenting Facebook group for posting them.
One wrote: “This is so offensive to all the women who have lost their children.”
Another said: “That’s absolutely disgusting to put your baby in a theme like that.”
But Amy, who lives in Brisbane, Australia, has now spoken out and explained why she picked such a controversial theme for her little boy’s big day.
Little Phoenix was born without a heartbeat on Halloween 2015.
Speaking to parenting website Kidspot , Amy said: “I was angry. Twelve minutes go by – nothing – still no heartbeat. A doctor comes and sits next to me on one side, Gary on the other with tears streaming down his face.
“I said “he’s gone isn’t he? He’s dead”. The doctor squeezes my hand -I knew he meant “yes.
“There was just so much going on I barely heard it, but from over near my son, a nurse cried out “thank God!!! He’s come back! He’s come back” the whole room jumped up.”
After 13 minutes of desperate attempts from doctors and nurses, little Phoenix miraculously defied the odds and let out a cry.
She didn’t get to see him for three days as they were both so unwell but they were finally reunited on the fourth day.
Ever since his mom has jokingly referred to him as her zombie baby.
So when it came to planning that birthday photo shoot, it really was the perfect option for her.
The photos were taking in 2016 but Amy has only recently shared them on social media, which led to the abuse.
What’s your thoughts on the pictures?