The amazing Shelley Ford with her mother Deborah and daughter Evelyn (7 months). Shelley is also mother to Charlie (4). Shelley (31) is the eldest of Deborah's children; she is also mum to Rhiannon (28), Ryan (19) and Peta (18).
Deborah has had wonderful pregnancies, with big healthy babies and very fast natural delivery deliveries, her first lasting about 5 hours and her last a rush to get to the hospital. She breastfed her first three without complication until about 6 months and her last to 16 months, getting a bit more relaxed as she went along. Deborah has quite enjoyed her journey through motherhood and especially loves being a grandmother. She said that seeing her child, have her own children is an amazing transition, and she's quite proud of her.
Shelley has had two very different pregnancies and births. She grew up expecting pregnancy and birth to be the way her mum did it, without issue. She didn't necessarily enjoy her first pregnancy having just got married but had planned a beautiful, natural birth with her son. Charlie flipped breech, and she ultimately delivered via elective cesarean. She said that Charlie was (and is) a very spirited child and his first two years were among the most challenging she's had. For her second birth, she was happy to be pregnant and enjoyed it a lot more than the first. She had a joyful pregnancy and went to 42 weeks. This time around, she chose midwifery care, and says that it was a life-changing experience. She looked forward to every appointment, and she got her natural VBAC delivery. Shelley says she is still on high 7 months later. Shelley wanted to embrace the spiritual and emotional side of her journey's through motherhood thus far and embrace this stage of life with her daughter and mother so she'll find pride in her own body someday.