Supermodel Christy Turlington and Jemima Kirke are among the mothers who share powerful postpartum photos as part of a new collaboration that makes the reality of childbirth aware.
Intimacy brand Knix together with Coach house Birth, a doula collective co-founded by Jemima & # 39; s sister Domino Kirke, and the Empowered Birth Project, an online initiative from Katie Vigos to it Life After Birth project.
More than 250 women have submitted their intimate photos & stories as part of the project, which both celebrates and normalizes the postpartum experience.
Candid: Christy Turlington, 50, shared a picture of herself with her daughter, Grace, after the birth in 2003 as part of the Life After Birth Project, which celebrates postpartum bodies
Looking back: Jemima Kirke, 34, filed a picture of herself who was holding her now six-year-old son Memphis in a protective way when he was a toddler
The images on the Instagram page of the Life After Birth Project range from photos of new mothers looking after their children to close-up photos of their scars, stretch marks and loose skin.
Knix recently interviewed his customers and found that 90 percent of women received comments about their bodies after birth and 76 percent felt pressured to bounce back & # 39;
Christy, 50, shared a picture of herself barefoot and cradled her daughter, Grace, in her arms after the birth in 2003.
& # 39; This is me pale but still smiling on the first day at home as a new mother, & # 39; she wrote in the caption. & # 39; Although I had lost two liters of blood after giving birth, I cannot remember that after 42 weeks of pregnancy I was more tired or happier to have my baby in my arms. & # 39;
Jemima filed a picture of herself who was holding her now six-year-old son Memphis protective when he was a toddler while quoting from & # 39; The Rainbow & # 39; from D.H. Lawrence shared.
Postpartum: Knix founder and CEO, Joanna Griffiths, said she started planning the photo project just five days after giving birth to her son in April (photo)
Founders: Joanna worked with Jemimia & # 39; s sister, Carriage House Birth founder Domino Kirke (pictured with her son) and Katie Vigos from the Empowered Birth Project to create the project
& # 39; When he heard the child cry, he was frightened by the echo of the unknown distances in himself, & # 39; she wrote.
Meanwhile, Bachelorette alum Jillian Harris, 39, shared a picture of herself wearing only postpartum mesh underwear at the hospital after welcoming her first child, Leo, who is now three.
& # 39; I look back at this photo and remember it was one of the best moments in my life. I have never felt so satisfied with my body, my relationship with Justin, and my life, "she wrote.
& # 39; I think about how full my heart was that day. I worked so hard to grow the baby, to carry the baby and then to deliver our sweet Leo. Fortunately everything was perfect with that pregnancy and delivery. & # 39;
Jillian, who welcomed her daughter Annie in October, said her second pregnancy could not have been better.
Throwback: Bachelorette alum Jillian Harris, 39, shared a picture of herself wearing only postpartum mesh underwear after welcoming her first child, Leo, who is now three
Powerful photo: Desiree Fortin submitted a photo of herself looking at her wrinkled belly after she had tripled
& # 39; I love my postpartum body & # 39 ;: Lori Yerry started talking about self-love after the birth of her twins
& # 39; I had debilitating exhaustion, depressive feelings and a lack of interest in almost everything. I just wanted the pregnancy to be over, & she admitted. & # 39; Fortunately, I have never experienced postpartum depression or anxiety with both children.
& # 39; However, motherhood can be a roller coaster of emotions. Every morning you wake up with a bursting feeling of love and appreciation and by 10 o'clock you are on a cafe overdrive with nothing in your stomach and ready to run to the hills! & # 39;
The three founders of the project shared postpartum images, as did Amy Schumer and Ricki Lake, although not all photos were posted on Instagram.
Knix founder and CEO Joanna Griffiths told Refinery29 that she started planning the photo project just five days after giving birth to her son in April.
& # 39; I wanted to create something that celebrated the power and beauty of the postpartum experience, that changed the story and encouraged postpartum people everywhere to feel seen, acknowledged, and supported, & she said.
Recovery: this photo was taken after Moriam & # 39; s son Noah was born via the C-section on July 13
To make it work: Military mother Beth Whaley and Lindsey Bliss have both submitted photos of themselves pumping breast milk
Working mother: Michaelle C. Solages is depicted as breastfeeding on the floor of the New York State Assembly
Joanna started the moment she launched the project on Instagram, sharing a snapshot of herself placing ice bags on her swollen breasts.
& # 39; I took this photo during a hospital visit with a lactation consultant three days after the birth & # 39 ;, the businesswoman wrote. & # 39; She told me that my breasts were the same size and hard as & # 39; & # 39; and gave me two ice suits to help with the swelling.
& # 39; Elsewhere in the city in those same minutes, a team member stood in my shoes when we were honored with one of our biggest industrial awards to date. Mentally it was a struggle. I was able to build a business, but I had trouble feeding my child. I felt so & # 39; n failure, & # 39; she admitted.
& # 39; The nurse gave me nipple hats, something I knew nothing about, but saved me in that first month. Every breastfeeding image I had seen the women looked natural, peaceful and happy. & # 39;
Joanna explained that when she shared the photo on Instagram, she & # 39; overwhelmed & # 39; was when more than 100 people responded with their own struggle. At that moment she came up with the Life After Birth Project.
& # 39; She is my Rainbow baby & # 39 ;: Wendy Cruz Chan shared a black and white photo of herself breastfeeding her youngest child when she was three weeks old
Great: Devynn Walker submitted a moving image of her newborn quickly sleeping next to her
Proud: an exhibition in nine cities with photos of the Life After Birth Project was launched earlier this month in New York City. Joanna is pictured with her family outside the exhibition
Many of the submissions came from Knix followers who wanted to share their postpartum experiences with other mothers.
Mother Lori Yerry talked about self-love after the birth of her twins. In the unprocessed black-and-white photo she shared, she holds both her children.
& # 39; Do I like my postpartum body? Not exactly, but I'm so proud of it. That it was able to carry twins and now it offers what they need. She wrote every day & # 39;
& # 39; Nursing twins is not easy. It's not often the magical, wonderful thing that you breastfeed mommy & # 39; s excited about. This is work and there have been days when I was ready to quit, & she admitted.
& # 39; Then I remember how great it really is. The fact that since conception I have been able to feed two people continuously with this stretched, sagging and scarred body of mine. And for that I love my postpartum body. & # 39;
An exhibition in nine cities with photos from the Life After Birth Project was launched earlier this month in New York City, while Knix debuted his new pregnancy collection.
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