The amazing Ashley Liniarski with her daughter Hanna (2). Ashley is also 20 weeks pregnant with her second baby. Ashley and her husband knew they wanted to have kids right away when then got married and just two months after their wedding were thrilled to find out they had conceived Hanna. Her pregnancy went very well and she knew from the start that she wanted to have an unmedicated delivery in hospital. Labor began on it's own and Ashley chose to stay home as long as possible, nearly 18 hours, knowing that she'd put herself at risk for intervention upon reaching the hospital. She arrived in transition and about 6cms dilated. She says that from the time she was in triage until she was ready to push her daughter out the nurses and anesthesiologist tried to push pain medications on her. She and her husband had to advocate very vocally for them to back off. Ashley was able to push Hanna without intervention, medication or complication. While everything went well she says that the hospital environment was definitely not for her and she plans to deliver her next baby in a birth center. This pregnancy has also gone very well but between working full time and raising a toddler she says she hasn't had much time to really focus on it. Feeling the baby the move now and seeing the baby on ultrasound has made it much more real.
Ashley is in the military and talked about how in her male dominated division being a woman who is now a mother has presented some challenges. She says she's supposed to be tough and strong and in some peoples eyes becoming a mother has changed that. She was happy to be mostly supported in her breastfeeding and pumping at work thanks to the Air Forces rules for accommodation and was able to overcome some initial breastfeeding challenges to have a wonderful nursing relationship with Hanna.
Ashley acknowledges that every body and every experience and every presentation of motherhood is different and all should be supported and celebrated.