The radiant Kailee Ridenour with her daughter's Nevaeh (2) and Nora (9 months). Kailee's first pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 10 weeks and she was told by her doctor that she may have a difficult time conceiving again. She had an understandably difficult time but learned just a few months later that she was pregnant with Nevaeh. Her pregnancy went very well other than some morning sickness in the beginning and feeling every uncomfortable in the end. At 3 days post dates her doctor pressured her to be induced. She says that because she was uneducated and uncomfortable she went ahead and agreed. She labored for 19 hours but never quite felt like her daughter was ready to come. Nevaeh swallowed meconium on her way out and had to be whisked away to NICU before Kailee ever got to hold her. She spent a week and a half in hospital before she was able to come home and Kailee wasn't able to hold her until her second day of life. Breastfeeding was very important to her so she pumped only to find a nurse had been giving her formula over night. A lactation consultant stepped in to intervene and with the help of a nipple shield was able to get Nevaeh to breast and continue nursing for about a year. When she became pregnant with Nora she knew she wanted to do things differently. She educated herself, hired a midwife and planned to give birth at home. She went into labor naturally in the morning and labored throughout the day while playing with her daughter. Things began to progress very quickly and the midwife arrived about 30 minutes before Nora arrived without complication.
Kailee began to have a difficult time with her body after her first daughter was born. She was only 20 and in comparing herself to her young college friends, without children, she began to feel poorly about herself. She wants to now embrace her body both for herself and all it's done but as an example to her children.