The 4th Trimester Bodies Project
Proud mom of 5
Amber Meyer, mother of 5, shown with her three youngest, identical twins Lauren and Lilly, 4, and Julia, 22 months. (She also has Madilyn, 13, and Jaydon , 10.) Amber made it to 34 weeks with her twins but she started hemorrhaging and almost lost her life. After a week in ICU, she returned to her family and her girls came home after 21 days. Amber was amazed by a healthy pregnancy and Julia’s birth 2 years later.
All in the family
A multigeneration shoot in Los Angeles organized by Carly Journey brought together this beautiful bunch. From left, Carly, 23, and Eliana, 14 months; Jennifer (mom to three, including Carly); Jo, 85, (mom to Jennifer); Laura (sister-in-law to Carly) and Lennon Rose, 3 months.
Mama of boys
Angie Melicher Pritchard, beautiful mom of three boys ages 8, 6 and 2.
Tanya Mance with son Amin, 9, and daughter Beja, 7. After healthy pregnancies and deliveries, Tanya had postpartum depression and doesn’t have much recollection of her first few months with her babies. She’s grateful to have lots of videos and pictures to look back on and feels much healthier now.
Beautiful battle scars
Ashlee Wells Jackson, mom of three, the creator of the The 4th Trimester Bodies Project. Ashlee delivered son Xavier, 7, at 28 weeks. She also had an emergency c-section at 24 weeks due to complications from twin to twin transfusion syndrome. Daughter Nova, 8 months (pictured here), survived, but angel Aurora did not.
Second time around
Carrie Bean with sons Tanner Elliot, 3, and Camden Zachery, 15 months. After a difficult delivery with Tanner, who was born with the cord around his neck and had to go to the NICU, Carrie’s second delivery was perfect. She labored at home and arrived at the birth center just a couple hours before Camden was born. Working with midwives and having such a natural experience was very healing for Carrie.
Smiles all around
Smiling moms and babes, such as Rhonda Ansier and her son Connor, were a constant in the 4th Trimester Bodies Project by Chicago photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson. Says Jackson: "I am grateful for each and every woman who has had the bravery to join me on this journey and for the thousands who are following along with us."
Giorgia Cameron gives a loving piggie back ride to daughter Sophia.
Hanta Ralay-Ranaivo with 18 month old, Aiko. Hanta is a doctor/researcher specializing in severe brain trauma, originally from Madagascar. Hanta says that she was an anxious person previously but through pregnancy and birth she became very zen and stated it was the most important experience of her life.
Home sweet home(birth)
Hillary Scharmann and son Holden, 7 months. Hillary is a birth doula and had a wonderful home birth experience. She was, however, turned away from the first midwifery practice she sought out due to her weight. Hillary is a vocal advocate of self love and body positivity.
I am a woman, a mother
Jill Smyth, mom to Ada, 4, and Oakley 3 months, on why she participated in this project: “Because I am a woman. Because I am a mother. Because I was raised by a woman who was also a mother. Because mothers everywhere have had a hard time being themselves.”
Jo Greep, mom to Penelope, 3, and Eleanor, 19 months (pictured). Both of Jo's babies were born at home in Brooklyn.
Jessica Mota, left, daughter Raeliana, 23 months, and grandma Nancy Mota. Jessica followed in mom Nancy's footsteps and had three kids, too.
Amanda Frazier with sons Oliver, 4, and Benjamin, 11 months. Amanda had Oliver at age 19 and had an unplanned C-section, with complications. Despite being told she could not have another baby, she had a healthy pregnancy and C-section delivery with Benjamin.