The fabulous Jana Fligor, bonus mother to Danielle (9) and Josh (7) and bio mom to Emma (3.5) and Kensie (2) - pictured.
Jana always knew she wanted to be a mother but it took some time for her to find the partner she wanted to build a family with. With her first pregnancy, Jana learned she was having twins at 5 weeks along. At their 8 week checkup and ultrasound everything was typical but the following week she felt like something was wrong and went in for another ultrasound to find out that one of the babies had stopped growing. The rest of the pregnancy was tense and Emma was measuring small (IUGR) so she had to go in every two weeks for check ups. Due to continued growth concerns, Jana was induced at 37 weeks, 1 day. Emma was born vaginally within 24 hours, weighing 5 lbs 1 ounce.
Jana and her husband conceived Kensie the first time they had sex postpartum and went on to have a healthy pregnancy. Labor began naturally at 37 weeks and Kensie arrived without complication the following morning. While the birth itself was uncomplicated, the nursing staff changed just before her baby was born and Jana went from having a wonderful nurse to one who she didn't work well with. She says that the nurse was condescending to her and she regrets not standing up for herself in the process. "This overshadowed the birth for me, and made the rest of the time in the hospital a negative time - I got discharged as quickly as I could."
"Currently being the mom of four, I am fortunate to stay at home and I am involved in the elementary schools in the community where my stepchildren attend. I am having a bit of an identity crisis as to who I am besides a mom (or a stepmom), yet I believe what I am doing has such a strong impact for my children".
"I have negative self body image and I want to be comfortable with in my skin. Society has made females think we have to look a certain way, and being a mom to three girls I want to show myself and my daughters that your body is something to be proud of and to celebrate".