As a photographer, Natalie has made it her mission to highlight real women, real bodies, and real mums through her series called The Honest Body Project
Natalie McCain, is a mum first and fantastic photographer second – and her latest series of images may be one of the most inspiring we’ve ever seen.
Each and every image has captured unique, raw photos through the stages of motherhood.
Insightfully titled, ‘My Body Did Not Fail Me’, Natalie’s recent blog post shares the story of Jacqueline.
At 24 years old, Jacqueline was diagnosed with aggressive endometriosis after doctors found that her left ovary was extremely enlarged.
But they couldn’t work out why this was happening and wanted to rule out ovarian cancer. Jacqueline underwent months of tests, and finally, a surgery before her diagnosis.
Jacqueline, now a mum of three, tells Natalie: ‘I have a scar from my belly button to my pelvic bone, one less tube and ovary, and what tissue the doctors couldn’t get out.’
She goes on to say: ‘my boyfriend (now husband) and I were told that if we planned [on having] kids it might be hard, if at all possible, and with as advanced as my endometriosis was, I may be faced with losing my other ovary or need a hysterectomy one day.’
But, a year later, just before their wedding, they decided to try for kids. The mum continues, explaining what all of her body’s scars – both new and old – mean to her.
‘We decided on four kids, as the endometriosis is there like a ticking time bomb, and I don’t want to have any regrets.’
However it took the couple four years before they gave birth to their first child – a daughter.
After five days in labour Jaqueline wound up with a C-section. ‘I hear a lot of talk from other mums about wishing our bodies didn’t fail,’ she concludes.
‘How a “traditional” birth would have been better. I can tell you I didn’t plan on a C-section. I didn’t want a C-section . . . but my body didn’t fail.’
‘This body that has seen surgeries, tumours, three C-sections, and incredible loss but it didn’t fail me one bit.’