What is Faces of Postpartum?
Faces of Postpartum is a catalogue of words and images for and from all parents: biological, adoptive, surrogate or those who carried a little angel.
It is a project that sometimes speaks of anxiety and distress, but also of great joys and small miracles.
The term postpartum deserves better than referring solely to depression. Being postpartum is a universal period shared by millions, with its unique and (im)perfect variations.
The objective of this project is to offer a safe space for every woman, person who carried a child (to term or not), and/or adopted, to come together and open up about motherhood, parenthood, gender, race, class issues, sexuality, breastfeeding, abortion, relationship, birth, adption, near-miss exepriences, mental health, illness, and loss.
Because in the end, we are all in this together.
Who is Faces of Postpartum?
This is me, Ariane. Next to me is my daugther, Lou. The project of Faces of Postpartum grew in my mind one night into a hospital room. I had checked myself in to the Perinatal and Mood disorder psychiatric unit at UNC where I was treated for severe postpartum depression and anxiety. There, I thrived with the help of wonderful doctors and amazing nurses. No more phone, Google or mommy groups to tell me what to do. Just my gut and their kindness. I finally had found a space where I could tell my story and be heard. When I was released, I embarked on a journey where I had to learn how to trust others and to care for myself. I was supported every step of the way by family, friends, and professionals. I promised myself to one day create a community that would support and acknowledge women with the same respect and kindness that I had received as I was slowly learning how to become a mother.