This is a rare photo of me with my son Wallace during the first forty days after his birth. Being the family photographer mostly puts me behind the camera but my husband snapped this image one afternoon. Those first few weeks were understandably transformative as I was suddenly stepping into my new role as mother. I was different in every way imaginable including physically, emotionally and spiritually. I felt so accomplished having welcomed a new baby into the world but also felt so vulnerable and in desperate need of the women closest to me. I was very fortunate to have a circle of women who showed up for me fully after the birth of my son. These sisters brought me food and broths, assisted with laundry, helped clean, and even took me to IKEA. You know you've made it when you have friends willing to brave IKEA with you and your brand new baby. Postpartum can be a difficult time full of unknowns, sleepless nights, physical pain and emotional strain. It can also feel isolating and confusing so should be a time when woman come together to demonstrate the love and support for their tribe.
I am a believer that we need more postpartum support in this country. Too often woman aren't given the time that they need for physical and emotional recovery. This time is crucial for new mothers to bond with their children which ultimately leads to stronger and healthier families. It all begins with mom. After having a baby, I feel called to help women postpartum. I often bring food and deliver broths to new mothers, even if we aren't that close. I enjoy paying forward the kind gestures that I was blessed with when I truly needed it. During my journey into motherhood, I have met some amazing women. I have partnered with The Motherbees, The Mother Love and Erbaviva to offer a Postpartum Care Package for one expectant mother. This gift includes The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, Little Mother's Helper: A Postpartum Health Companion and Post Pregnancy Bath Oil and Bath Salts.
To Enter: Follow all 4 Instagram accounts involved and like the giveaway announcement photo on each account. Extra Entries if you tag a pregnant friend. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on 4/19.
Per Instagram Rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's term of use.