Whether you had a hospital birth, a home birth, a traumatic birth, or a truly empowering experience we believe every birth is important and that Every birth deserves a voice.
Through this project we aim to share the realness and beauty of birth, the strength of women and to raise awareness on subjects such as VBAC, Birth trauma and the importance of post partum care. Women don’t always speak up about their experiences good or bad and we feel it is time to hear ALL these stories.”
Louie was born at home. He came quickly, in just under an hour of sweet, intense surges. The strength of my surges took my breath away from the very first one. He was posterior, and as I leaned on my birthing ball and let the waves wash over me, he turned.
My doula came and she brought with her endless strength when I thought I had none left. Sisterhood and unwavering belief in me and my baby. I knew it was nearly time, and as I felt the pressure of his head easing my cervix open he came. He came quickly, furiously; he flew into this world in a totally unhindered and beautiful birth. I possess strength and power deep inside me, natural wisdom learnt from thousands of generations of birthing women before me.
And then it was quiet, and peaceful. He was; he IS beautiful. Perfect. And I so am I. I may not like everything I see in the mirror, but I am powerful. My body has birthed and nourished four beautiful children and soon it is time for me to birth one more.
-Photography & Journalism by Hannah Palamara, a regional photographer for A Beautiful Body Project. To find a photographer, look in our directory or apply to join!