Kara Bittner (40) and Rockwell (3)
Rhode Island | Photographed in Portland, OR
Kara originally participated in the project in Portland April 2016. You can view her original photo and story here.
Kara shares -
"I've come to find the female body a force to be reckoned with. Pregnancy is this abstract idea; yes, you feel changes and can see the baby via ultrasound, but it becomes so shockingly real when your child is born. There is a loss of the feeling of pregnancy, but also a birth of a new life. The juxtaposition between the two states for women is under-expressed. I loved my body before having my son and I love it now.
My body was wrecked and felt foreign during my postpartum period. I had big boobs and was sore/bleeding for days. As my body healed, my mind felt more and more broken. My expectation was a Hollywood version of infancy. Just glowing with my newborn child. My reality was more introverted. I began to fear the outside world. I began fearing something would happen to my child if someone else held him. It was crippling.
Surround yourself with a good group of people. Reach out for help.
I think we all need to be more honest with the entire pregnancy/birth process. I think women and their partners are stronger than they think and need to be reminded of that fact."