Quotes to Include in my Book

“No matter what people advise you to do, the best way to know what you’re doing is to think ‘mummy knows best’…”


“Seeing your body change completely and knowing there is a little person inside of you”


“Just hearing their heartbeat on the monitor for the first time, I think that’s the first realization something is real and there”


“Putting your faith in professional’s hands and hoping that everything is going as it



“Sitting in constant waiting rooms thinking shouldn’t nine months be enough to wait already?”


“Knowing that your child will be cared for and loved by all their family when they arrive into the world”


“There’s so much time for preparation, one of the most exciting things is buying the clothes for that little person you haven’t even met yet but knowing they’ll look so adorable in them”


“Whilst being pregnant you’re eating for two, its more than okay to send your partner out at silly hours to get you food you’re desperately craving”


“Being surrounded by friends and family at your baby shower is good enough, being spoilt with presents is an added bonus”


“There’s that feeling as a mother that you’ll never be on your own again, you’ll never be bored and you’ll be responsible for your baby’s life the moment they arrive”


“Relishing the early weeks when only you and your partner know your special secret.”


“…a great excuse to buy lots of pretty new bras.”


“Decorating the nursery: one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do.”


“Feeling those first fluttering kicks and thinking, ‘Is that what I think it is? Or is it just wind?’”


“Getting someone to take photos of you smiling over your enormous bump so that, one day, you can look back and be amazed you were ever that size.”


“Imagining what he or she will look like. My sweet little ears, of course, and his sexy eyes!”


“Looking at your growing bump in the mirror and realizing there’s a person in there!”


“I love wearing stretchy pants, they’re the best”


“At least if my I drop my food it lands its going to be somewhere clean so then I can eat it”


“Planning for the future, for my baby is so scary but exciting”


“Some people look at your stomach and can’t help smiling, as if the mere thought of your being pregnant has actually made their day a little bit brighter.”


“Getting to name another human being is just an amazing feeling”


“Naps, lots and lots of naps. And nobody can tell you off for them!






Possible Titles for my Book..

Started to think about possible titles for my book.. here’s some of what I came up with

The Bump


My Little Human Being

Soon to be a Mum

What to Expect

Nine Months

Bump in the night

Little Kicks

Waiting Game

Anticipation, Tears and Happiness

Worth the Wait

Is it a boy or girl?

The Life Within

Growing Inside

Printed Narrative – My Book

So my original idea for the printed publication was to take photographs of Jo after she gave birth to her baby to show the after side to pregnancy. However realising that my time scale might be a bit tight and not realistic I changed my idea for the printed publication. After a tutorial with both my tutor’s Emannuelle and David I was able to develop an idea that I could possibly use..

Focusing on the subject of ‘pregnancy’ still I will use my existing images taken from the digital narrative but crop them to make the photo’s anonymous and to restrict the viewer from seeing the individual’s identity. In doing this I will make a small book that generalizes the experiences of pregnancy for women as a whole, alongside the images I will use quotes from what women have said about their experiences. The book will adopt a non-linear structure to show the variety of things that happen during pregnancy.

Rineke Dijkstra ‘Mothers’

Dijkstra’s portraits of three young mothers (Julia, Saskia and Tecla, all 1994) holding their new born babies to their chests with absolute, exhausted tenderness, exemplifies the restraint and deceptive simplicity of her approach towards representing people whose lives have been touched by commonplace but monumental change. Replace the sand with a floor and the sky with a hospital wall and the only thing that separates these images from the beach series is the nature of the transition that these people are experiencing. Our culture’s puritanical fear of the body, so beautifully reflected for hundreds of years in scores of paintings of bloodless, saintly motherhood, is countered in these truthful, unflinching images. One mother stands in her underwear, her sanitary pad bulgingly visible. The other two women stand naked, swollen, scarred and bloody.


What I like the most about these images is that she does not glamourise the after effects of birth at all, she shows it with complete honesty.

Looking into Book Layouts

So I thought it was best to start researching into book layouts, I’m going to design mine on InDesign but just have no clue how to lay it out. Here’s some of my inspirations so far..




I quite like the more simple designs, the ones with smaller text and less images. I think for my final book piece the less I have on the pages will suite my narrative. The spreads that have a photo over two pages are quite nice as well, they make a statement.


What do you guys think?

Anastasia Taylor-Lind ‘The National Womb’

Having found it quite hard to find photography that involves documenting around pregnancy and birth i stumbled across the work of Anastasia’s.

The following information is about the body of work taken from her website:

The series of images from ‘The National Womb’ are in connection with the “birth encouragement program” introduced in 2008, it distributes cash payments to newlyweds for each baby born, this is to repoulate the region after the effects the 1991-1994 had left.

The conflict started when the Soviet Union collapsed. Nagorno Karabakh’s ethnic Armenians went to war with Azerbaijan, backed by neighboring Armenia. The war left 65,000 ethnic Armenians and a further 40,000 ethnic Azeris displaced. The Muslim Azeri population never returned, and neither did many of the Armenians who had fled. While a ceasefire was declared in 1994, there has been no peace settlement yet between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

On the 2nd of September this year, Nagorno Karabakh celebrated 20 years of independence, yet remains unrecognized by the international community. Life is not easy in the republic. There is high unemployment, low salaries, few opportunities and the young continue to leave in search of better futures abroad.

Since its introduction 4 years ago, the “birth encouragement program” is credited for an increased birthrate of 25.5% from 2145 recorded births in 2007 to 2694 in 2010. The program is administered by the Department of Social Security which oversees the payments to married couples of approximately €575 (300,000 ad) at their wedding. They are paid €190 (100,000 ad) for the first baby born, €380 (200,000 ad) for the second, €950 (500,000 ad) for the third and €1350 (700,000 ad) for a fourth. Families with 6 children under the age of 18 are given a house.

Nagorno Karabakhs baby boom was also sparked in 2008 by a mass wedding on the 16th October that was held for 674 couples. The event was funded by private donations from several wealthy Armenian diaspora businessmen including Levon Hairapetian and Ruben Vardanian and couples who participated receive privately funded higher payments of €1400 ($2000) for the mass wedding, €1400 ($2000) for the first child, €3500 ($5000) for the second and increasing amounts up to €70,000 ($100,000) for the seventh. Figures on the 1st July 2011 show that a total of 693 babies had been born to these mass wedding couples so far. These payments are quite substantial in a region where the average monthly salary is €35 ($50).

Family life in Nagorno Kharabak is deeply traditional and conservative. When women marry they are expected to live with the husbands family and stay at home to raise children and care for their mother and father-in-law. Even within the home men and women live parallel but separate lives. A mans role is to provide for the family financially and fathers play only a small part in child rearing. So, what of the young women who are being paid to increase their nations population, the communities of expectant and young mothers and their daily struggles as women in this unrecognized republic??



What I found most interesting about Anastasia’s work was her ability to really be just a ‘fly on the wall’ when she takes her photographs, they have a documentary aspect to them whilst being very specific in what she wants to show. I think she does an excellent job in reflecting on the back story to her body of work. The images are predominantly focussing on the women, there is a lack of men within the frame, this highlights their absence and lack of involvement with the birth. The photograph above of the women in the hospital bed, all in the same room with their children could suggest their solitude together as women, they have had the same experience of birth and are lacking support from their partner. The fact that they are all in the same room and not in confined separate areas also highlights the high volume of women giving birth. What also particularly stands out to me in the image of the lady giving birth is that she has been careful with her cropping and selectivity of what she is showing to the viewer, it is enough for us to understand what is going on but not enough to be too graphic.

I suggest anyone interested to have a further look into her other projects!