The radiant Rachel Boland Perez, William "Asher" (3.5) and Nathaniel Levi (7 months).
Rachel is a previous project participant who worked with us during our Miami tour stop. You can view here previous photo and bio here.
Education and advocacy are two things that Rachel hopes to empower all women with. She knows first hand that educating herself and not backing down, allowed her to navigate a difficult birth experience and instead have the outcome that she knew she could achieve. When a doctor tried to pressure her into an unnecessary cesarean during her first labor, even going so far as trying to scare her husband and divide her support, she knew better and told him know. She says part of the reason she was so confident was that she was so well educated. She also knew that she wanted to have another child someday and local hospitals are not at all supportive of VBAC's.
When she got pregnant again, with Nathaniel, she was so grateful she had stood her ground. While she chose to stay with the same providers she made it clear that she did not want to work with the one doctor she'd had a difficult time with and she was supported in her decision. While she chose to birth in hospital again, she was told that her doctor was considered an "honorary midwife" and her labor and delivery nurse was at the tail end of finishing up her own midwifery certification, so she was able to have an experience with gentle providers that she describes as perfect.
In addition to encourage women to educate and advocate for themselves, Rachel hopes to raise her sons to know that every woman is worthy of their respect. She hopes that her lessons in self love show them to be proud of the women in their lives as they get older and allows them to see the beauty in motherhood and womanhood even if it doesn't fit into societies mold of perfection.