A beautiful image of a mother’s c-section scar and her newborn baby just three days after being born has been seen by over 11.5 million people, and it’s changing the way other women view their scars after birth.
Photographer, Helen Aller, who is 8 months pregnant herself, took the picture and posted it to Facebook without expecting such a huge global response – over 200,000 likes to be exact.
"My images usually get seen seen by 100 people at most so I never thought it would reach anywhere near what it has done.” She told HuffPost UK Parents. "So far it has been seen by over 7.5 million people. I didn't expect this image to reach so far."
“I photographed this mama's pregnancy a while back and she was telling me how terrified she was of having a c-section. Well last week she went into labor but had to have an emergency c-section after complications. She asked me to come over this morning and shoot this particular image as her worst nightmare proved to be what saved her and her child's lives.”
The image has also triggered lots of conversation surrounding c-sections.
"To me it’s a beautiful image that shows both a struggle and something beautiful.” She told HuffPost UK Parents.
Helen also revealed women have reached out to her to express how they no longer look at their scars in a negative light.
"I can’t believe the amount of women that are ashamed of their scars and are made to feel like they haven’t done the job properly because they didn’t give birth naturally. In fact I am stunned.” Adding, "I feel proud that an image I created has allowed so many people to open up about their experiences and change the way they feel about something they should only feel pride for.”
Despite coming up against a lot of criticism on social media, Helen hasn’t let people’s comments get the better of her, and why should she? After all, it trumpets such a powerful body image message, and one that we fully support.