The amazing Anita Denes-Meador with her daughter Orly (9.5 months). Anita doesn't have the best relationship with her own mother, and her mother didn't have the best relationship with hers either. This realization let her with some reservations about parenthood, particularly if she were to have a daughter. Wonderfully, when Anita found out she was having a girl she found herself excited with the realization that she had the opportunity to change that history herself. Because of this very conscious choice, Anita says that it is very important for her to live in the moment with Orly as much as possible. While she has found this challenging both generally, and even more so as a working mother, it's a conscious choice every day.
Anita has never felt fully comfortable in her body but while she was pregnant, felt amazing. She enjoyed her pregnancy, her body during and felt empowered during her birth. Anita gave birth in hospital following an induction post 41 weeks. While the induction brought on fast and furious contractions, and she was worried she wouldn't be able to get an epidural because she couldn't stay still and was vomiting, she reflects on her birth as a very positive experience. Orly arrived after about 30 minutes of pushing without any complications and they've had a wonderful nursing relationship. Neither Anita nor her husband were breastfed and she says that this is another thing that she has enjoyed creating within their family. Both her husband and both sides of their family have been hugely supportive, something she accredits to their continued success.
Anita admits that prior to her pregnancy, participating in this movement is something she never would have considered. Now, however, sharing herself and her story and joining this broader community of women and mothers is something she feels strongly about. "It's important in a way that feels necessary".