The stunning Michelle Storey with her children, Jasmine (17), Zachary (15), Summagh (14), Lara (11) and Ariya (13 weeks). Michelle is also mum to another son, Minty, who was born sleeping on June 14, 2013. Michelle chose to participate because particularly since the loss of her son, she has been amazed at what our bodies can do, physically, mentally and emotionally - how they can process and heal such devastation and go on. She wants her daughters to be proud of their bodies no matter what they are or what stage of life they're in. And she wants her son to respect women and their bodies as well. Additionally, Michelle feels that our culture doesn't respect or revere mothers as they should, and we've moved so far away from caring what wisdom our mothers and grandmother's hold, she hopes we can find our way back to that. Michelle's first pregnancy was a surprise but a beautiful one. All of her pregnancies have been fairly easy, and she's had all natural deliveries. She had homebirths with her first three. Then, Lara was born in a birthing center as there weren't any homebirth midwives available in her area. She and her current partner tried for about 18 months before conceiving Minty. She was thrilled but also more sick than usual with this pregnancy. Her 13 weeks scan was good but at 19 weeks, they went for another scan, and that showed Minty had a severe form of Spina Bifida. They decided to induce him early knowing he wouldn't survive his condition. The process was understandably heartbreaking. Michelle had a lovely week to start to process things with him still inside but could tell things weren't going well as he'd begun to have seizures in utero. When she did go into labor with Minty it was beautiful and pain free. Minty was born in the caul and just gorgeous. The older kids were there as well as friends and family ready to meet him. Michelle planned to try again but thought it would take awhile this time. Ariya was conceived at the first try and Michelle struggled with her pregnancy early on because she'd fallen pregnant again before Minty's original due date. Michelle didn't labor with Ariya's very much at all. She'd had a couple off and on contractions, mild back pain and by the time she realized it was really labor, Ariya was already on her way out. Her midwives arrived just after the placenta had arrived. It was a beautiful experience supported by her partner and children.