Saturday, September 7, 2013

The 4th Trimester Bodies Project

The project is simple
"The 4th Trimester Bodies Project is an ongoing photo documentary created by photographer and mother Ashlee Wells Jackson. This project is dedicated to embracing the beauty inherent in the changes brought to our bodies by motherhood, childbirth and breastfeeding."  (

I've told Caden's birth story here

I decided to do this for 2 reasons:
1. I love what the project is about and wanted to help other mothers to realize they're not alone. That this new body is perfectly normal and beautiful and is a badge of honor!

2. Because I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone to hopefully learn myself that my new body is just perfect and nothing to be ashamed of.

Ashlee was a lovely lady to work with. She and her daughter Nova were so awesome to work with in their comfy little studio in the city. We shared stories and laughed about silly little things our children do. She made me feel comfortable, probably without even knowing how nervous I really was in the beginning. I love talking to other mamas and sharing experiences. It helps you to feel normal and human and that's what this is all about. Barely children is human, your after pregnancy body is human. It's nothing to hide.

This project is run by a mom, a photographer, a wife. She needs your help to raise enough money for this project to be seen to fruition. Please if you can and you believe in this project, donate! They have a FundRazr page (

You can also participate by contacting Ashlee on the website (

If we raise $2500 as a group and donate it we can get Ashlee and her team to come out to the suburbs so please email me if you're interested in that!

So here's the final photo we chose for the book.