From Brazil: This time last year I was recovering from my third miscarriage and preparing for surgery. I could never have believed that just 12 months on I would be looking through photographs of my new daughter in my arms. Yet here I am typing this while she sleeps peacefully by my side and the sense of peace is overwhelming.
The birth of our daughter marked the end of my three year journey of infertility and a new beginning. Already the pain of that time is fading although my scars remain, a physical reminder of everything we have been through, everything we have learnt and everything we have lost.
The funny thing is that I wouldn’t change a thing, not one. All that has been has led to this moment, to my daughter, to Aya and it could not have been any other way. Yes, there were dark times, times were I wanted to scream, to hide away, to cry endless tears of pain and loss but there were also times of strength, of learning and of letting go.
I have learnt of all that must happen for a baby to be born into the World. Each and every one of us is a miracle. To see this beauty hiding amongst the pain is a truly powerful thing and one I would not have known without those miscarriages.
I will carry those three little lives and the things they have taught me always in my heart. They have granted me so much and allowed me to love my daughter more deeply than I ever thought possible.”
Kate and Aya
-Leticia Valverdes is regional photographer for A Beautiful Body Project and runs the Birth Marks Project in Brazil! Visit www.LeticiaValverdes.com
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