The photo Rachael posted of her crying was taken right before she backed out of her driveway to go to work. “My C-section scar still throbbed, and trying to find professional clothes to wear was horrifying. I made my husband drop the girls off at daycare because I knew I’d be an absolute mess. I felt embarrassed and powerless for not being physically or emotionally ready when I was expected to be. There was grief, heartbreak, and shame.”

Rachael Larson

And, even though the photo was taken four years ago, Rachael said it is still very hard for her to look at. “I’m not a big selfie person, but I took it because I knew that it was a defining moment for me as a professional and a mother. I also knew the circumstances weren’t right. It is not normal to separate parents from their babies so soon.”