The amazing Abby Theuring with her boys Jack (4) and Exley (1). Abby has what she describes as a very typically American experience with her first pregnancy and birth. She chose to deliver in hospital and was induced at 41 weeks, simply because she was 41 weeks. The induction didn't take which led to a second induction and while Jack was born without complication it just wasn't a wonderful experience. Breastfeeding also proved to have some hiccups for Abby which ultimately led to the creation of her blog and now thriving social network, The Badass Breastfeeder.
Abby knew that she wanted to have a different experience with her second pregnancy and birth and was grateful to find a home birth midwifery practice in her community. She enjoyed the close and connected concept of care and was able to give birth to Exley, following an uncomplicated pregnancy, in the comfort of her own home. Her second birth experience allowed her to feel the empowerment that she felt had been striped away from her first. The initial transition to motherhood was shocking, as it often is, but Abby found that her transition to two was in some facets easier for her, perhaps because she's been there before and in part because she now has different expectations and an amazing community of support.
Breastfeeding has continued to remain a very important part of Abby's life both personally and through her Badass Breastfeeding community. She has worked through nursing aversions and criticisms now that she is nursing both a 4 year old and her new babe. Education and empowerment have become consistent themes in Abby's life and she says that has leaked into every facet of her life and who she is person. She hopes though continuing to share her story and experiences she can join and support a momentous wave of women and mothers working to empower one another.