Mahesha Anderson Langstraat and Marley Brooklyn Henry (3).
The summer before Mahesha met her now husband she became pregnant unexpectedly. Knowing that it just wasn't the right time in her life she made the difficult decision to terminate the pregnancy. While she was confident in her decision the physical, emotional, and hormonal process was incredibly difficult. She threw herself into her work as a preschool and yoga teacher to help her heal and came out the other side feeling stronger than she ever had.
When Mahesha met her current partner things moved very quickly but he let her know early on that he had been unable to have children in a previous relationship due to issues with infertility. She felt that due to her termination she somehow shouldn't be allowed to have children so she wasn't at all phased by this news and was happy to continue the relationship without ever having children. Much to their surprise just a few months later, Mahesha learned she was pregnant. Pregnancy went well other than a scare due to bleeding at 3 months.
Mahesha had an empowering home birth to a child she didn't think she could have due to fertility issues. "Marley was a huge surprise and life altering force of nature for me!" She says that motherhood has been the ultimate blessing and test. "Today, being a mother, mother of color, in America, in predominately white spaces, is a challenge. Daily. In the mainstream "parenting world" there is a void of the nonwhite perspective. Social Justice IS intertwined with my parenting by default. The silence in these spaces deafening at times."
"I love the idea of showing women of all walks of life in their truth. I think it unifies us, it levels us and takes the pressure off that commercialism can pile on. I'm also here for anything that counters the boom of the postpartum "Snap Back!" in this country".