The lovely Patricia Lois, mother of Alexander (4 - not pictured) and Miller (2).
Patricia became pregnant for the first time at 16 and chose to have an abortion. She got pregnant again at 25 but lost the pregnancy to miscarriage at 14 weeks. She is still sad thinking about that difficult time but says that it led to her ultimately meeting her husband and finding the partner that she was meant to be with.
Patricia's pregnancies with Alexander and Miller both went very well and she knew she wanted to deliver at home. After laboring for 4 days at home with Alexander, Patricia wasn't progressing and chose to transfer to the hospital for an epidural. The hospital staff and nurses were supportive and she really appreciated them telling her that she could get her baby out. There was one OB who really wanted to intervene and get things moving but she was able to call her midwives in and a well timed shift change brought a new doctor on. When she was ready to push her midwives coached her through it and ultimately caught Alexander while the OB stood in the back of the room. Miller was successfully born at home without any intervention and while Patricia had some moments where things were incredibly intense she was supported and everything went well.
Being part of a movement embracing the strength and beauty of women's bodies as they are is incredibly important to Patricia. Our society puts so much pressure on the sexualization of women and girls that we can so easily lose sight of where our true beauty lies.