Beautiful photograph of nurse caring for mom post-birth is going viral
Childbirth is an amazing thing.
A fact of our very biology, our need to reproduce and further the cause of our species, it is in our nature to raise children.
As a man, it can be difficult to comprehend just how mammoth an undertaking giving birth is for a woman; months of discomfort and pain, culminating in unimaginable effort and the birth of another human being. It is an incredible act; a beautiful moment.
Of course, it would be a whole lot worse without the help of nurses and doctors who guide us through the process; they do vital work which often goes underappreciated in a society that places emphasis on more glamorous life pursuits.
When blogger Jill Krause came across a beautiful photo of a nurse helping a mother in the moments after birth, she decided to write a tribute to the work they do. Here's what she said;
“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!).”
And here's the photo:
The picture was captured by Katie Lacer, a photographer who specialises in capturing the act of giving birth. Explaining she is so drawn to such moments she says;
“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.”
The photo and Krause's emotionally charged blog post captured the imaginations of mothers everywhere, who began recalling their own experiences;
“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,’” wrote one woman.
How great it is to see nurses getting the recognition they so richly deserve.