The magnificent June Mustari with her daughter Josephine Rose (3.5 months). June and her husband decided to go to Hawaii, get married and make a baby and that's just what they did. Conception was a breeze and she says that her pregnancy was truly the best time in her life. Things were very uneventful and she felt more energetic and comfortable than she had. Labor, however, is when June says things began to shift drastically for her. She had an uncomplicated vaginal delivery with midwives, however, Josephine swallowed a lot of meconium and was born limp. It took about 10 minutes for them to clear her airway enough for her to cry and she was taken to NICU to be sure she was stable. In the midst of this June had begun to bleed out and her midwife had to manually extract her placenta. June says that she didn't even realize that this was supposed to be painful because she was so concerned about her daughter. Somewhere between her birth and leaving to the hospital June started to feel the depression start to flood in. She was able to continue with medication through pregnancy but dramatically noticed her hormones shift postpartum which lead to one of the most difficult time she's ever had. June had planned to breastfeed all throughout her pregnancy but after speaking with several pediatricians about the potential withdrawal symptoms for Josephine from her antidepressant medication, she decided that she just couldn't put her daughter through that and decided to stop nursing a week postpartum. Thankfully, June had a friend who very generously donated enough breastmilk to get through her first two months and she was able to use 'Human Milk for Human Babies' for direct donor milk as well. June says that while she's still having some ups and downs she in a very good place today. She wanted to participate in the movement in time because in the chorus of voices telling us how to or not to "get our bodies back" after baby she acknowledges that motherhood is in fact about becoming someone entirely new. In every facet of your being you become a new person, and things are changed in such a way that being who you were before is impossible. This new person, new mother, new woman is who June is finding her comfort and celebration in today.