The radiant Noelle Nicole Rosgen and Carolyn Nicole (9 months).
Bravery is what brought Noelle to participate in this movement. In perusing the galleries of images aside from their beauty, she says, that it is the bravery of women sharing themselves and their stories that has continued to draw her in. She has long struggled with body image issues, dieting and disordered eating and wants to send her daughter a different message. A message that clearly says that these are real bodies. That this is what her body looks like and it's beautiful. Look at all it's done in creating, growing, birthing and nourishing her. She wants Carolyn to also see their beauty and their bravery.
Noelle's pregnancy allowed her to see the beauty in herself in a new way and to feel it like she hadn't before. Her birth had a positive outcome but wasn't the experience that she had thought she would have. From the moment she arrived at the hospital things were just different. Noelle hadn't planned to chose to have an epidural but asked for one which failed and another did the same. While Carolyn was born vaginally without complication Noelle developed a debilitating spinal headache that landed her in bed for her daughter's first two weeks of life. They've been able to establish a wonderful breastfeeding relationship and this side of things she's able to appreciate that the disconnect of her birth experience not going as she'd planned and her adoration of her daughter and motherhood are not mutually exclusively. She can allow herself to sit with and celebrate both.