A candid photograph of a mother and baby just three days after being born by caesarean section has been shared more than 56,000 times on Facebook.
Helen Aller, a photographer, took the black and white image of the unnamed woman – who was scared of having a C-section – and her newborn lying next to her wound.
The image 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.
Helen, a mother-of-two, posted on Facebook: ‘I didn’t expect this image to reach so far
‘I photographed this mama’s pregnancy a couple of weeks back and she was telling me how terrified she was of having a c-section.
‘Over the weekend she went into labour but had to have an emergency c-section after losing a lot of blood.
‘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 son’s lives.’
But Helen is eight-months pregnant herself and despite taking the moving photograph she is still ‘terrified’ about the thought of having a c-section herself.
Helen said she was also shocked by the negative backlash she received from some people.