4th Trimester Project

ashthumbwOne of the amazing things about the web is how people across the globe can find projects that inspire them that they can then support.  Spreading the word and creating conversation around a topic now can spread to the far ends of the globe from the palm of our hand.  That is empowering.

I came across this project, the 4th Trimester Project, on the web.  Ashlee Wells Jackson, who is the photographer and brainchild behind this project, is touching on something that sits in all women’s heads.  The media portrayal of what women’s bodies should look like or deem beautiful makes many of us women feel unattractive and uncomfortable in our bodies vs happy with who we are and embracing that.

Something happened in Jacksons’ own life that pushed her to create this project.  Just like most women entrepreneurs, they create businesses to fill voids in their lives.  This is an incredible journey that she has taken.  We are all lucky that she embarked on it.

Jackson explained her project this way.  I see beautiful, inspiring, real women on a daily basis who struggle with their body image because they don’t feel they measure up with who the media tells them to be. I feel like this is even more poignant in mothers who often feel like their bodies have been ruined when they should instead be respected for creating, sustaining and nourishing life. So much more needs to be done in our society to embrace body positivity and normalize breastfeeding. … So, I started with my story and it has exploded into a beautiful thing from there.

You have to go to the site to see the pictures and I highly recommend you do.  She is doing photo shoots around the globe.  I bought the book, a t-shirt and donated to this amazing project.