The amazing Anya Corson with her mother Deborah Zorinsky, daughter Miriam (3) and son Davi (15 months). Anya had wonderful pregnancies and decided to become a doula during her first pregnancy. She trained with her mother and sister. Growing up, her mother was a birthing coach for teenage moms and a Medela rep so it was natural and expected that Anya would have an educated birth and breastfeed. She labored naturally for 23 hours before requesting an epidural and was so grateful for it. She was able to have a healthy vaginal delivery. Breastfeeding proved to be very difficult at first. After struggling through pain, Anya decided to empower herself and others by becoming a certified lactation counselor. Her second delivery was much shorter than the first, but she again struggled with breastfeeding. Davi was both tongue and lip tied but after getting both corrected they have been nursing successfully without issue. Anya said that motherhood defines her, and she is so grateful for her children. She said she is both frightened and proud of her new body and is learning to embrace all of it and continue to grow as woman and mother.
Deborah Zorinsky, mother to 4 (including Anya) aged - 31, 33, 35, 37 and grandmother to 5 plus one on the way. Deborah loves everything about being a mother, and says all of her pregnancies have been amazing. She shared some amazing tidbits she remembered from her deliveries. Her first made her a mother and she was so comfortable with her belly she remembers looking at her son when he was born thinking he was a stranger being outside rather than in. Her membranes ruptured with her second baby, and she was confined to her bed but determined to walk, so she got up and walked back and forth on her hospital bed as much as possible. Her third was delivered in the labor room, and she had to then carry her baby with her into the delivery room to get stitched up. Her eldest two attended her fourth baby's delivery and made a birthday cake for the baby. He peed on the doctor when he came out, which everyone thought was hilarious.