Powerful Photos Celebrate the Effects of Birth on Women's Bodies

Photographer and mom Jade Beall is using her skills behind the camera to document what happens to women's bodies when they give birth. It's pretty remarkable stuff.

Speaking to Huffington Post:

"We are facing an epidemic of women who feel unworthy of being called beautiful," Beall told HuffPost, describing a world in which "nearly all of us struggle to feel beautiful in our own skin." And the expectations faced by women who have given birth are particularly harsh. "Shaming mothers for not 'bouncing back' after childbirth can cause feelings of failure when being a mother is challenging enough and when a big number of us have already lived a life of feeling un-beautiful prior to giving birth," she says.

The pictures are gorgeous, and a reminder of how fucking amazing women's bodies are. I mean, dude, we are basically magic. We grow life inside our wombs and then we push a fucking brand new human being out our vagina. We're nature's easy bake oven, and damn straight our bodies have the scars to prove that.

[Huffington Post, Jade Beall]