The fabulous Hannah Ferguson with her daughter Dagny (4) and Severn (1.5). Hannah was able to have healthy pregnancies with each of her children. She used the same midwifery group and delivered in hospital both times. She went into labor with Dagny in the evening after 2 days of prodromal labor. She labored at home until the morning when her husband awoke and they went to the hospital. Dagny was strep B positive so she had to received antibiotics and was confined to her bed, still she was able to have a medication free, vaginal delivery. From the moment she saw Dagny she was in love but acknowledges that motherhood has been more challenging in the day to day aspects, the minutia, than she ever expected. Breastfeeding was difficult in the beginning as well, and she had a lot of pain initially she had to work through. She says she never imagined she'd be nursing a 4 year old, but as her mother nursed her until 2.5 years old, had every expectation of nursing through toddlerhood. Dagny has done remarkably well and after nursing through pregnancy and her brother's first year, she just now beginning to wean.
Hannah's labor with Severn began at home during the day, she got Dagny ready for school, stopping to nurse her first and her contractions went from every 5 minutes to every minute very quickly. They headed to the hospital and she advocated more strongly for herself this time and was able to avoid an IV line and any other interventions. She found herself most comfortable laboring on her hands and knees and was nearly able to push him out that way. Nursing has had an easier start this time as she had already established her relationship and supply. Severn isn't as enthusiastic of a nurser as his sister however and Hannah thinks that her days of nursing are quickly coming to a close.
Hannah's says that her mother has done a magnificent job of normalizing pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding for her. She saw it as beautiful and natural for her and was happy to go into her own motherhood journey with that mindset. Still, loving her body hasn't always come easy and she knows that the positivity and self love is so important to model for her children and she's seen her own mother also benefit from it. People have been eager to make comments on her body because she is naturally thin - a coworker said she couldn't wait for her to get pregnant so she could watch her "blow up" and someone has questioned her ability to breastfeeding because she doesn't have large breasts. The fact that people feel comfortable saying these things to themselves and to one another. She is grateful to be part of changing that dialogue and documenting this chapter of mothering her children.