Nathalie & Aidan~ Ann Owen New Forest Photographer
It is always such an incredible honour to be trusted to capture memories of the postpartum journey and it is one of my favourite spaces to be in. The moment I met Nathalie it felt like meeting up with an old friend. What an incredible woman she is. This was such a special session.
Here are some words from her heart: "I never imagined a little over a month ago, before Aidan was born, that I would now have this scar. I had envisaged he would arrive peacefully at home the same way his brother before him had. I feel so conflicted about my body now. Did it fail, was it my fault his birth was an emergency? I knew we needed medical intervention when we transferred and felt such relief when it was decided during labour it would be a section, because at that point he needed to be born. I was so grateful medical assistance was so readily available, they were so kind and Aidan had been born safely. But recovering afterwards I felt I had been robbed, of our golden hour, and getting to know each other without others around and also of how difficult and painful it was. Now though, I am beginning to appreciate just how remarkable my body is. To have endured everything, to heal beautifully and to continue to nourish a third baby. I never would have thought I had the confidence to have photos of something so intimate, but I'm realising it is so important to celebrate and be grateful for how amazing we are. I want to thank Ann for giving me such a wonderful gift, of being so positive and loving, without her I wouldn't have felt empowered enough to do this."