An absolutely beautiful picture of a woman and her delivered-via-C-Section baby has taken the internet by storm today. Here is all you need to know about it.
Who Clicked: Helen Carmina, 29, from Guernsey.
Why: The story behind the photograph is rather scintillating, in the picture caption, Helen writes:
"I photographed this mama's pregnancy a while back and she was telling me how terrified she was of having a c-section. Well last week she went into labor but had to have an emergency c-section after complications. She asked me to come over this morning and shoot this particular image as her worst nightmare proved to be what saved her and her child's lives."
While many have appreciated the beauty of this picture and empathised with the story behind it, the internet negativity can certainly not be ruled out!
Reacting to some of the comments, Carmina wrote,
"So usually images I post are seen by roughly 100 people. The image I posted last night has reached over half a million people worldwide. It's had so much amazing feedback coupled with a fair bit of negativity but as they say Art is subjective. It's wonderful to read all the amazing stories people have posted because of it. But it has left me wondering how on earth the Renaissance painters got away with painting nudes all those centuries ago when this image is causing so much controversy in this day and age?!"
In the interview, the photographer added that she had got a lot of positive responses from women who had to undergo C-sec surgeries.
"I have received so so many stories from c-section mums saying how it has changed the way they look at their scars. I can't believe the amount of women that are ashamed of their scars and are made to feel like they haven't done the job properly because they didn't give birth naturally. I feel proud that an image I created has allowed so many people to open up about their experiences."
The image has touched a nerve around the world after Helen shared it online, and it has been seen 11.5 million times and liked by nearly 200,000(still counting).