Photographer’s Raw Capture Delivers Striking Message About Postpartum
An outspoken capture of a woman, clinging to a hospital bed, face winced, arms gripping tight, went viral. The moment was just after she gave birth. The image was unlike many. How? It is natural for the camera to be focused towards the newborn baby, welcoming it into the world. However, amidst all of this, a lot of us forget about the woman who made this happen… Who went through it all to bring forth a new life. This capture reminds us of exactly that! Perhaps, the photographer was able to deliver a powerful message about postpartum through the image. Learn more here.
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Photographer’s Raw Capture of a Woman Just After Delivery Gives Powerful Postpartum Message
Alex Michelle, who is reportedly from Florida, in her Facebook page called Alex Michelle Photography, posted the monochrome photograph of a woman who just gave birth, and it instantly strikes a chord with viewers. The image from the inside of a birthing room focuses on the exhausted mother after delivery. Alex, through the image wants to remind us “we tend to forget our mamas when babies are around (…)… what about mama?”
“I saw the pain in your eyes”
“In the hustle of the room I peered over at my friend bent over in pain,” wrote Michelle, who chose to capture her friend just after she gave birth. She wrote, “baby had just been born and everyone was surrounding the miracle that happened before our eyes, “ she stated “but I was especially in awe of her. I saw you, mama. I saw the pain in your eyes and in your face and in your body.”
Alex’s post continued with a long narrative, where she focuses more on understanding the needs of the women who just gave birth. She questioned, what does a mother really need? Answering which she wrote, “someone to watch the baby so they can shower, meals dropped off, house cleaners to stop by and help out, solid childcare for her other children, heating pads and coffee, maybe fast food.”
The post conveys that it may be easy to forget the mothers, largely due to their strength, but, they do need the “extra hands more than ever” as they enter the fourth trimester. Michelle’s post is also a redirection to the reality, where new mothers in numbers, fail to show up for their first postpartum appointment to doctors.
On Facebook, the post received a lot of comments (18 thousand, precisely) and received a lot of shares by viewers. A number of women revealed how their family members stood beside them when they needed. One wrote- “When both my sons were born when my dad came in the room,” the mum wrote, adding that her father entered the room, he came first to her and planted a kiss, asked her how she was, told her she did a ‘good job’ and ‘I’m proud of you,’ she mentioned in the comment, adding “It was so sweet, I’ll never ever forget that!” The other comment read- “Thank you for this reminder.”
Postpartum Care is Understated
A new survey by Orlando Health found that mother’s, after entering their fourth trimester (the time after giving birth), had their own concerns for health often neglected. According to the survey, more than a quarter of new mums didn’t have plans to look after themselves after delivery, according to the source. It also stated that more than 40% of new mothers felt depressed or overwhelmed, and anxious after birth.
The OB/GYN at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, Megan Gray, MD, was quoted, about the lack of postpartum awareness, as saying-
“The fourth trimester can be difficult and overwhelming for women as their bodies go through physical and emotional changes, and this time deserves the same support and attention as the first three trimesters.”Megan Gray, MD via eurekalert.org
Gray, in the survey, specified that with a newborn at home, it might seem apparently impossible to think about one’s (new mums) own health, nonetheless, for the baby’s sake, mother’s must take care of themselves. She suggested that talking through the issues they are going through “can help women realize that they’re not alone and that what they’re feeling is okay,” Gray notes, according to the report.