Business woman and mother, Kylie Ostle, says her husband is mortified that a photo he took of her seconds after giving birth to their third child, Sadie is going viral. He’s works in the creative industry and takes these things seriously.
Kylie’s labour lasted just over an hour from go to whoa, so Ryan Ostle didn’t have time to get the perfect shot.
Respectfully, we dispute that and argue that his photo captures the emotion of a mother in the seconds after giving birth beautifully and realistically.
Kylie who runs events business Mum Society, described as “TED talks for mums”, says that sharing natural and unstaged images of motherhood is “overwhelmingly” important.
“It is so rare to have images of yourself as a mum, well it is for me, usually it’s a selfie with the girls.
“To have this image that evokes so many emotions in one picture is like an out of body experience. It doesn’t just feel like me, it feels like it represents every mum.
“We have all had ‘THAT’ moment and it may not have been at the birth, it could have been 12 months down the line, when we are so overwhelmed with every emotion that you can’t describe it. My THAT moment with my first daughter, Isla (4) came when my second, Frankie (2) was brought home from the hospital and I cradled her in my arms. She was so big and grown up and I loved her so much and I was teary that I could have done better and I was sorry. There were so many emotions when I held her.
“Just because there isn’t an image, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen and being able to transport other mums back to their moment is a privilege and one worth sharing.
Kylie gave birth at Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney. She told Mamamia that the hospital has stylised, perfect photo of pregnant and post-natal women hanging on the walls.
“I also remember shaking my head at each appointment and some of the impossibly ‘staged’ images on the walls of the hospital. They didn’t feel REAL or RAW, yes some of them are stunning birthing images but there are a few pregnancy portraits in particular that made me feel inadequate and just a bit rubbish as a pregnant mum.