A photo of an Arizona mother crying while holding her baby has gone viral on Facebook, with many mothers commenting and sharing their stories of postpartum depression.
Danielle Haines, 33, said she never intended for the photo to become viral, People reported. Rather she just wanted it to serve as a “thank you post” for all those who helped her through a difficult time.
On Nov. 7, 2014, Haines gave birth to her son, Ocean. Her partner was away at work and she was having difficulty breastfeeding and sleeping. A friend visited her and brought her lunch one evening and Haines let her know how she was feeling.
“[My friend Sarah] walked through the door and I was crying,” Haines told People about the night the photo was taken. “She said, ‘How are you doing?’ And I said, ‘I’m a mess.’
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“And Sarah said, ‘This might sound crazy, but can I take your picture? You look so beautiful.’ And I was thinking, ‘You are crazy, but sure, I'll get a camera.’”
A year after the photo was taken, Haines decided to upload it on Facebook. The post has been shared more than 20,000 times since it was uploaded on Saturday and received several comments from other mothers recounting their postpartum experiences.
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“Probably 2 days postpartum,” wrote one user, alongside of photo of her breastfeeding her baby. “I was emotional, in a lot of pain, my hair was a mess, and tired.”
“This is so so beautiful,” wrote another user. “Seriously, I felt exactly the same way and I wish more people talked about it because it's so unexpected … Thanks so much for this post.”
The post inspired the creation of a new Facebook page called “Postpartum Confession,” where mothers can post their photos and share their stories.
Ocean is now almost 1 year old. Haines said she is in a far different place than where she was before.
“It takes a village to raise a baby,” Haines said. “We need the human family. It can't be just the partner and it can't be just your mom. We need our peers as well.”
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