If you, or someone you know, may be suffering from Postpartum Depression (PPD), please reach out to your health professional or Postpartum Support International
There is something that I often bring up that catches some people off guard when discussing why there are benefits to having photos taken of your newborn or infant.
“Have you experienced or think you’re at risk for Postpartum Depression?”
I don’t think we’re at a healthy point in our society where we are yet educated to really understand how to prepare for PPD before it’s actually experienced, so I understand that the timing of this topic (typically when someone is expecting) can seem off. However, having experienced many new moms walk through my studio doors with a familiar look in their eye is just one way I see the correlation between what these women think they’ve hired me to photograph and what I know I need to capture.
For one woman, Lorena of Motherhood Unfiltered, our newborn session together would be more impactful and expansive than I could ever imagine. In her blog post, THE TRUTH BEHIND THE PHOTO: POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION REALIZATION Lorena writes,
After working through her recovery and reflecting back on that time, Lorena now says, “I am definitely very grateful we captured the pictures. I definitely had times of happiness but I just felt covered by a dark cloud until Lennox was about 6 weeks.” It’s been through conversations with other women as well that they are able to look back on these pictures with their brand new babies and remember, if just for the slightest of moments, that there truly was beauty in the storm.
Follow along with Lorena and Lennox on the website Motherhood Unfiltered
Teresa Robertson is a Photography-degree, award-winning, published Photographer specializing in all things women & birth. Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Children, or Family, she proudly serves multiple locations, including D.C., Atlanta, Michigan, Orlando, and Oahu. Her Fine Art series ‘Mele Ma’i: Procreation Chants’ can be found here. For information on Bereavement Photography, please visit Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep