There’s no denying that childbirth is a beautiful thing. But at the same time, it can also be a messy, painful, difficult experience — and it’s made bearable by the nurses and doulas who help us through.
Writer and mom of four children Jill Krause of the blog Baby Rabies was scrolling through Facebook when she came across a photo of a nurse caring for a new mom after childbirth. The image immediately touched her, and Krause was reminded of her own birth experiences and the care and empathy nurses showed her.
Here’s the photo:
Krause shared the photo along with a lengthy post about what it inspired in her about the image:
“I’ll never forget the faces of the nurses who followed me into the bathroom after delivering each baby. That moment when I was so vulnerable, so tired, scared, shaky. My swollen belly deflating, and my modesty long gone. They treated me with such kindness and dignity. For me, these have been moments of empowerment and confirmation that I have a real village to help me, even if just for that little bit of time in a bathroom, on a toilet, while a kind nurse shows me how to put an ice pad on my mesh undies. This photo by my friend MommaKT Shoots just takes me right back. Like, I can smell the Dermaplast. Let’s hear it for the nurses and the doulas and anyone else who shows us how to make ice pad underwear (or helps with that first shower post c-section!).”
This particular photo was taken by Katie Lacer, a photographer and mother in Kentucky who specializes in capturing the birth experience on camera.
On her website, MommaKTShoots, Lacer explains why she’s drawn to taking photos of such an intimate moment in life. She writes:
“The day that you welcome your baby into this world is, hands down, the most important day of your life. It surpasses your wedding day. It surpasses graduation. It surpasses every single thing that you’ve ever done, every single time, no matter how or where you give birth. It’s one of the few things in life that can’t be staged or recreated. This truly only happens once.”
Krause’s emotional post about the image soon went viral, and moms everywhere chimed in with their own special birthing stories, giving shout-outs to the nurses that guided them through the process.
“When I was pushing, I’ll never forget pulling my face away from my nurse’s chest to see her scrub top SOAKED with my sweat and tears. I was like, ‘Oh my god I’m so sorry!’ And she went, ‘Baby, this is life all over my shirt. Nowhere else I’d rather be. Now let’s get that baby out,’ ” one woman shared.
“And here’s to the nurses who practically carry you to the toilet after a c-section…and hand you a popsicle after to celebrate your first post surgery walk 🙌🏼💜,” said another.
All of the heartwarming responses led Krause to respond and express her gratitude: “Dannnnnng, y’all,” she wrote on her original Facebook post. “This thread has brought me so much joy! Thank you all for sharing your personal stories. Thank you for tagging the people who helped you! And I’m sorry not everyone had this experience. You surely deserved to feel like this after having a baby.”
Here’s to moms all over the world and the nurses who guide them through this special experience.
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