The wonderful Jacqueline Williams and Savi Jade (10 months).
Jacqueline and her husband conceived Savi just after they were married. They had already planned a three month road trip for their honeymoon so she spent her first trimester in an RV traveling the country. Jacqueline was quite sick throughout those early weeks but enjoyed the fact that their travels encouraged her to get out and explore rather than curl up as she wanted.
Jacqueline knew she wanted to attempt a home birth and was thrilled to find a midwife associated with her acupuncturist who she really liked. Pregnancy went well and though she was ready for it to be over near the end, Savi held on for until 42 weeks. Knowing her midwife could only deliver at home without a doctor check/ultrasound from 37-42 weeks, Jacqueline became very motivated to get her out when she reached 41 weeks, 6 days. She bounced on her birthing ball, had sex with her husband and tried everything she could to get things moving. Her water broke later that evening and her daughter arrived without complication.
Breastfeeding was something that Jacqueline always thought would come easily but she struggled with latching. Her doula's stayed for several hours after Savi was born to help her and she thought they'd sorted it out but when her baby was three days old she spiked a fever and they had to take her into the hospital. The first doctor they met with, was helpful and supportive and they learned that Savi was dehydrated and would likely be just fine with some fluid., she had lip and tongue ties and just wasn't getting enough milk. Unfortunately, the second doctor who came on yelled at Jacqueline and told her that she had put herself and baby at risk with her birthing choices, even though, what was happening was entirely unrelated to her birth.
Jacqueline began pumping and Savi drank her milk from a bottle without any issues. Over the months that followed Jacqueline was pumping and nursing and using donor milk. Though she was doing everything she could, they were still just getting by. Her pediatrician asked if she'd just consider supplementing with formula to see what would happen. Reluctantly Jacqueline bought formula and she says that before she even left the parking lot she broke down in tears. She felt like she had failed at something she'd tried so hard for. Still, there has been some silver lining in that almost immediately, she was able to get rest, shower, and share the responsibility of feeding her baby with her husband and other family members. They are both healthy, happy, and doing well.
The power of women sharing their truths and building community is very important to Jacqueline. She lives on a farm, away from family and friends and has found that it can be quite isolating. Though she was never big on social media, the internet has allowed her to find her tribe of like minded and supportive women that are now an essential part of motherhood.