An Intimate Photo Of A Nurse Caring For A Mom Post-Birth Is Resonating With So Many

"There's just something about that moment."

We often see delivery room photos that capture the miracle of life and the flood of emotions new parents experience after.  We also get to see photos of the newborns on their first days at the hospital and at home. But what is often missing from view are a few important people present before, during, and after the delivery: nurses and doulas. 

One photo has captured our attention for showing an intimate moment between a mother, who had just given birth, and her nurse. The photo, by Katie Lacer of MommaKTShoots went viral after her friend, Jill Krause, shared it on Facebook.


In the post, Krause says seeing the photo brought her back to the birth of her own kids.  

"The minute I saw that photo pop up in my personal Facebook feed, I was flooded with emotions," she told A Plus via email. "I could vividly recall being that mom. I gave birth to my youngest just eight and a half months ago, and my oldest nine years ago. I have four kids in total, and I can remember every single time I was in that position."

"Each and every nurse was an angel."

In the Facebook post, Krause recounts how the nurses followed her into the bathroom after delivering each baby. She explains that she felt, vulnerable, scared, tired, and shaky, but the nurses treated her with kindness and dignity. 

"For me, these have been moments of empowerment and confirmation that I have a real village to help me, even if just for that little bit of time in a bathroom, on a toilet, while a kind nurse shows me how to put an ice pad on my mesh undies," she wrote.

Krause finished her post by celebrating the nurses, doulas, and "anyone else who shows us how to make ice pad underwear or helps with that first shower post C-section." 

Since going up on September 13, the post has been shared over 65,000 times, proving how much other new parents relate and appreciate the help of those around them during the birth process. 

One commenter said, "My delivery nurse grabbed my cellphone without me asking and snapped pictures of my boyfriend and I when they first put the baby on my chest. It was honestly one of the sweetest things anyone could've done for me that day. I'll always be thankful for that."

Krause told A Plus that she almost passed out from the loss of blood, and that her nurse swooped in, without her having to say anything, to get a wheelchair. "There's just something about that moment when so much attention is being spent on your baby — as it should be! — but, for me, I felt the most scared and shaky at that moment." The mom-of-four continued, "My husband is a very involved partner, but there's no way he'd know how to take care of me in that moment. Not as well as my nurses did. Instead, he focused on keeping a watchful eye on each baby, which I appreciated."

Lacer told WAVE3 the goal of the photo shoot was to show a moment so familiar to new parents, but one others are often aware of.  "Our main goal is to normalize birth because it is different for everyone," she said. "It is important we know this when we decide we will have babies."

Cover image via J O Atkinson I Shutterstock

(H/T: Scary Mommy)


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