The radiant Rachael Dowdy with her son Leo (15 months). Rachael and her husband weren't planning on conceiving so Leo was a bit of a surprise. She had a very healthy pregnancy and delivered at home with midwife and doula assistance after 21 hours of labor. Rachael breastfed Leo for 5 months when she weaned to return to work and transitioned him to donor milk and formula. Rachael says that she prepared a lot for her birth but now so much raising a child and it's the hardest thing she has ever done. She struggled with postpartum anxiety for quite awhile and says that just about 6 months ago she decided to acknowledge but stop focusing on it and things have gotten much better. Still, she has found motherhood to be her greatest challenge. Rachael does Crossfit and is currently training for a strong woman competition and she says focusing on strength - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual is of the utmost importance to her.