Charlie Rae Young (29) and Elliot June 9 (almost 10). Charlie is also mother to BRT 2nd trimester loss 6.6.16 and 2 early losses.
Photographed in Tampa Florida.
"Parenthood has made me aware of how much my body can DO things and what a mammal I am. I never had high self esteem but becoming a mother made me recognize that my body was FUNCTIONAL and it was not always important how it looked.
Postpartum with my first daughter was hard. Breastfeeding was hard. Expectations from well meaning family members were hard to navigate. I was only 19 but fiercely independent- becoming a young mother helped to cement that fiery nature for me. After actually TRYING for a baby once my daughter was older and I had finished midwifery school I found pregnancy and postpartum more difficult to navigate. Being pregnant as a midwife, especially when things are not text book, is difficult. More difficult is caring for healthy pregnant women when you know you are losing or potentially going to lose a baby. Navigating feelings of judgement on other women for not 'appreciating their pregnancies and healthy babies enough' has been an emotion I never expected to have to face. I have been reprimanded by colleagues for 'midwifing myself' too often and it is a hard reminder to let others care for me sometimes.
You are a mammal. Your baby is a mammal. Be ok with being mammals!
I often help other women celebrate their motherhood- I wanted to capture my own path of motherhood for once instead!"