The lovely Lisa Warner, mother to Lewis (12/29/2010), Marshall (4), and Wallace (3 months).
Lisa and her husband had been married for about 8 years before they decided to try to grow their family. When they conceived without complication they were happy to check that off of their concerns. And when the first trimester was behind them they were happy to check that milestone off as well. Things were going well, but at 17 weeks, Lisa began to have some abdominal pain but everything looked okay. Her midwife suggested she rest for a few days but Lisa's water broke unexpectedly. They went to the hospital where it took some convincing for them to believe that her water had broken. They spoke with doctors and specialists and it took some time for it to settle in that her baby would not survive this. Lisa's gave birth later that day following a three hour labor and delivery. Amazingly Lewis was born alive and Lisa and her husband were able to enjoy that time with him.
While they didn't know at the time, they think that Lisa may have had a uterine infection that led to her waters rupturing prematurely. They chose to conceive again rather quickly, under the care of an OB and extra monitoring. While Lisa was more anxious with this pregnancy things progressed beautifully and she delivered just before 40 weeks in the hospital without any interventions. The experience was very healing for Lisa and she began to celebrate her body for the first time.
Lisa shifted careers to become a nurse after Lewis' death which made her choice to deliver her third baby at home more of a surprise to those around her. She found two wonderful CNM's to support her and planned to have a water birth. Her pregnancy went very well and labor and delivery were quick and intense. From the onset of active labor to her water breaking to Wallace's arrival was just over an hour. He arrived in the bathroom into her husbands arms while her midwives were on the way to join them.
Breastfeeding has been an important part of Lisa's motherhood journey as well. Nursing was a struggle at first with Marshall and in hindsight she thinks he may have had an undiagnosed lip tie. They were able to work through it though and continued nursing until he was three. Wallace has had to have a lip and tongue tie released but is nursing well and Lisa has found herself to be more confident this time as well.
Lisa says that she has never had poor body image but never particularly loved or appreciated her body either. Motherhood has given her purpose in her body and now that she is likely done having children, she wanted to celebrate and commemorate this stage of life.