Elizabeth Williams (39), Elliott (4), and Augustine (2)
Ann Arbor, MI | Photographed in Detroit
Elizabeth shares -
"I feel amazed and sad at the same time. I grew two beautiful boys, nursed them for years each but I do miss the body of my youth.
I had a rocky postpartum period. My delivery was so bad we made grand rounds at the hospital. Postpartum, I struggled with depression and anxiety. Elliott had a bleed in his brain when he was 3 weeks old, which left me rather unmoored. I plodded long and eventually the sleep deprivation and isolation pushed me to the brink. With therapy and medication things slowly got better. The thing I was least prepared for was the terrible loneliness I felt as a stay-at-home mother.
The beauty and love your images convey led me to want to document this stage in my life as a mother. I hope my images can help others see that we are all beautiful.
My truth is love. Learning to love myself and diving head first into the deep blue love I have for my sons. I never could have imagined how vulnerable it would make me feel. To all the new parents: take all the help you can get.