Hellen Aller shared a picture of a mother's Caesarian scar just three days after giving birth
A photographer who posted an image of her friend’s c-section scar just a week after giving birth has been inundated with thousands of women from around the world sharing their birth stories.
Helen Aller shared the black and white photo on her Facebook page with the caption: “I photographed this mama’s pregnancy a while back and she was telling me how terrified she was of having a c-section. Well last week she went into labour but had to have an emergency c-section after complications. She asked me to come over this morning and shoot this particular image as her worst nightmare proved to be what saved her and her child’s lives.”
The family photographer and mother-of-two took the picture just three days after the birth of the newborn and said she had no intention of making it public but, after the mother agreed, she decided to share it.
The picture has since been liked 205,000 times, shared by over 60,000 people and garnered 29,000 comments.
Women around the globe have taken to social media to voice their support for the brutally honest and beautiful image, calling it “beautiful”.
“To have a c-section is not easy! You feel them pull and tear you. Not the pain but the movements. And you usually vomit which isn’t easy. Then take months to recover. You can’t just get up and walk. Every time you cough (i had flu b at the time) your in agony and feel like your stitches are going to burst. C-sections are hard work. I feel ashamed for not trying harder but the drs tell me that I couldn’t. This mum is Beautiful!,” wrote one Facebook user.
“Thank you for sharing this image. I am a photographer and I went through this ordeal when I gave birth to my only son who is now 27 years old. I had preeclampsia and lost a lot of blood. So I love this picture a lot. Thank u so much….,” commented another.
It has however courted a fair amount of controversy, with some users calling it inappropriate and even pornographic.
According to Helen, someone reported the image to Facebook but the social network decided to keep the picture up.
What do you think of the image?