The marvelous Virginia Lee McLean with her youngest son Miles August (19 mo) her older son is Carl Alden (4 - not pictured). Virginia's first pregnancy ended in miscarriage which was understandably difficult for her. Her mother gave her a rosemary bush to mark her loss and she made a beautiful rosemary crown to mark her loss for her shoot. She conceived Carl soon after and things went very well. She studied Bradley Method and had a natural hospital birth with midwife assistance. She and Carl had a great breastfeeding relationship. She had to use a shield a in the beginning but was able to wean off and continue nursing without. Her pregnancy with Miles was enjoyable as well. She developed high blood pressure at the end and they wanted to break her water to start labor but she requested she be allowed to go home, get a good night's rest and come back the next day. She got a chiropractic adjustment on the way home and her water started leaking naturally. She was able to get some rest and the next day her water broke fully. They rushed to the hospital and as her husband pulled into the parking lot she felt the urge to push. She was able to hold off and Miles was born 15 minutes after they arrived at the hospital. Breastfeeding was difficult for his first 10 days due to a tongue tie but after having it corrected they are still going strong.
Virginia considers herself a feminist and when she came across this work knew she wanted to participate. Motherhood comes in all shapes and sizes and she feels it's so important to show that.