Lacey Barratt has always depicted a realistic side of pregnancy, birth and motherhood with her photography, but she didn’t realise how much she was struggling until she looked back at a photo she’d posted of herself.
“I shared the side image on my Instagram account yesterday,” she wrote later on Facebook. “It has gotten over 46k views and 750 likes. I captioned it ’20 hours in and we are making it….’ because when I took it yesterday, I wanted to document my postpartum body. Which was why I chose the side image to share.”
After realising the impact her honest depiction of caring for a newborn was having, Lacey decided to post another image she’d taken. It was a “powerful” and “confronting” image that compelled a close friend to ask Lacey if she was okay upon seeing it.
“I was fine until she asked me if I was fine,” Lacey writes. “I took another look at it. I *saw* my soul. In a picture. I cried. I didn’t want to look at it anymore. I saw a woman standing next to her birth affirmation bunting less than 24 hours post birth…and she wasn’t babymooning. I saw a woman who felt like after 4 biological births in 5 years and 5 children total, that this was her job. Like she was good for nothing else other than birthing babies. Like she is just going through the process.”