The radiant Rebecca Eaglen with her daughter's Alice (3) and Poppy (14 months). Rebecca had uncomplicated pregnancies with each of her girls and wildly different births. Alice arrived just a few days late after labor started while Rebecca was at a friends wedding. Things progressed very typically and her delivery went well. Alice wasn't pinking up however and had to be taken to the nursery to put on CPAP for a day before they were reunited.
Poppy arrived quite swiftly and by surprise with her labor only lasting about 90 minutes from onset to delivery. They went to drop Alice off at her granddads and realized that she wasn't going to make it anywhere else. Poppy was delivered on her granddads bed about 20 minutes before the midwives or paramedics arrived. Rebecca said she was snuggled in bed already breastfeeding when they finally got there. Poppy became quite jaundiced, however, something they were anticipating due to antibodies in Rebecca's blood and she had to spend 5 days in the hospital for treatment. Rebecca and her girls have had a wonderful nursing relationship and she is currently tandem feeding them both.
Rebecca wishes that more women were able to embrace the new women they become when they become mothers. "It only makes sense that our bodies are so different", she says, "and I find that transition remarkably beautiful".