Kaitlyn Vaske-Wright (32) and Weston (8 months)
Oak Park, IL
Kaitlyn shares -
"I have not personally experienced loss, miscarriage, or abortion, however I am a women’s health nurse practitioner and come across these topics daily with my patients. In addition, I am an abortion provider and I have an important task to counsel my patients on all of their options. Reproductive freedom has always been my passion, and I am privileged to provide these services to my patients. Becoming a mother has made me even more passionate about the right for each person to control their body; to force parenthood on someone who is not ready or willing is unacceptable.
Parenthood has made me realize my body is not completely my own right now. I am providing nutrition for my baby, and that is a full time job for this body! After I gave birth, I have had and continue to have struggles with my new body. It takes strength to realize what my body has done and is still doing, and I need to work on honoring that more.
Honestly I was not prepared for the difficulty of breastfeeding. I don’t think anything can prepare you for breastfeeding until you’re in the trenches doing it. Having to be the sole source of nutrition for this tiny human and having no idea what you’re doing is overwhelming. I would say we didn’t really hit our stride until about 9 weeks...up until then it was all a blur and every day was something different.
Becoming a mother is still something I am adjusting to today, 8 months later. Am I still the same wife? Sister? Friend? Same coworker? Should I feel guilt that I am happy to go to work some mornings while the baby is in daycare? Everything still seems so new, and we are learning every day how to be a new family of three.
I love the idea of spreading body positive images on social media. We are constantly bombarded with “ideal” bodies that are not representative of everyone. Bodies are all different and all beautiful and we need to see more variety!"