The wonderful Niki Weeks with her daughters Coda Rain (5) and Harper Lennon (2). Niki never intended to be a mother but it's suited her incredibly well. She was sick throughout most of her pregnancy with each of her girls from the time she realized she was pregnant until they arrived. Interestingly, both of her girls arrived 5 weeks early weighing 5lbs 5oz. Coda's early arrival was unexpected after her water broke at 35 weeks. Things progressed slowly and steadily from there and Coda was born without complication and able to go home with Niki. Breastfeeding went well and Coda continued to nurse until she was three.
After Coda, Niki started taking a prescription acne medication that unknowingly, could cause birth defects. When she realized she was pregnant the doctors were concerned that her baby would be affected and that plus her previous premature delivery deemed her high risk. The medication often causes shortened limbs as well as missing hands and fingers so when her 18 week scan showed fingers they were so happy to be in the clear. Niki carried again to 35 weeks when labor began. This time, the doctors had to break her water prior to delivery which led to an entirely different birth experience. Thankfully, Harper was also born without complication and able to come home with Niki despite her early arrival.
Niki's husband is a touring musician and so with both of her pregnancies and births she has greatly relied on the support of her mother and grandmother/nana. She feels incredibly empowered by women in general and having the support of the two women closest to her was very impactful on her own entrance into motherhood. She looks at them and sees nothing but beauty even in their 50's and 80's. Niki's hope to both be embraced by other women and help to empower them herself has contributed to her pull to join this movement.