Life After Birth Project
I had the chance to start my week off with a trip to the Life After Birth Project exhibit yesterday! Mondays are usually my day off, so after taking a class at Barreworks, I headed further into downtown to check out this gallery that I’ve seen popping up all over my social media.
Created in partnership by Knix & Carriage House Birth, the Life After Birth Project showcases over 250 photographs of postpartum women, and all the variations that that time period has to offer. Displayed in chronological order, with one end of the gallery starting with labour & birth photos, it wraps around the whole room showcasing breastfeeding, strength, joy, sadness, and so much love.
Many women struggle during the fourth trimester, not only with things we hear about like postpartum depression/anxiety/psychosis, but also with breastfeeding difficulties, debilitating exhaustion, body image issues, feeling like you have no idea what you’re doing, etc.
The postpartum experience is not all sunshine and rainbows, but that is OKAY. It’s a messy, difficult, transformative time, and support is so needed.
The importance of this exhibit is to show that you are not alone with how you’re feeling and what you’re going through.
Sharing these stories helps us heal.
I’m very grateful that this gallery came to Toronto! They’ll be travelling and popping up in lots of cities around North America. It made my doula heart very happy to see this conversation happening. It’s only on until Sept. 26th so go soon if you can!
Thank you to all of the incredible women behind this project, you’re making a big difference.