Photographer Shares a Powerful Message with a Photo of a New Mom Grasping the Hospital Bed

Photographer Alex Dovel shared a photo of a woman after birth and wrote a profound message that struck a chord with many.

On Facebook, the owner of the Alex Michele Photography uploaded a black-and-white picture of her friend Tammy Wright grasping the hospital bed in pain.

"Let us not forget the hard work she endured to carry this child AND the hard road ahead to mother and heal and feed and rest and parent her other children also.”  

In her lengthy caption of the photo, Dovel praised Wright for enduring the pain of giving birth.

She wrote: “In the hustle of the room I peered over at my friend bent over in pain. Baby had just been born and everyone was surrounding the miracle that happened before our eyes and naturally everyone was in awe of him."

"But I was especially in awe of her. I saw you, mama. I saw the pain in your eyes and in your face and in your body.”

She then went on to explain how people’s attention are given less to the mother and more to the newborn during.

She continued: “We tend to forget our mamas when babies are around. We ask how baby is, what does baby need, can we hold the baby, can we buy this for the baby but... what about mama?"

"Let us not forget the hard work she endured to carry this child AND the hard road ahead to mother and heal and feed and rest and parent her other children also.”  

Dovel then urged people to do their part in taking care of mothers during their “season of postpartum.” Simple gestures like helping the mother fold laundry or giving them a Netflix login.

“Let’s not forget the mamas. It’s just so easy to because women are incredibly strong and seem to have it all together but they need the support and the extra hands more than ever entering into that fourth trimester,” she ended her post.

More and more people have been speaking out about postpartum struggles. Tennis superstar Serena Williams revealed her experience being gripped by postpartum emotions.

She wrote on Instagram: "Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom." 

“I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal. It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby.”

Indeed, family and friends should not neglect mothers in their excitement over the baby.

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