Alyssa Adams Ruben is mother to Zak (12 and given up for adoption), Landen (9), Gage (7), Seven (5), Dexter (2). Alyssa was 18 when she first became a mother. She placed her son for adoption and feels that it was not a blessing but her single biggest regret and the source of the most pain in her life. She has had 3 hospital births and 2 homebirths and is very passionate about giving birth at home. Alyssa was the first person, outside of Ashlee Wells Jackson’s self portrait, to be photographed for the project. She says that it means so much to her to be able to say that. She has struggled and still struggles with her postpartum body and hopes this project gives other women a chance to see that we come in all shapes and sizes.