Jack’s birth was one of the most spiritual, sacred things I’ve ever experienced. We chose to have an out of hospital birth and while I was so excited to meet Jack, I was nervous about being able to handle the pain. My labor progressed really quickly and at this point it was suddenly setting in that my belly bump was about to turn into a little human in my arms. I was shocked and hurting and I just didn’t think I could handle it anymore. I started to break down. Albert was right there by my side to lift me back up. He wiped my tears, held my hand and reminded me of the power I had within me. And just a few hours later we had our sweet Jack. I couldn’t have asked for a better husband to love and support me through not only the hardest thing I’ve done but continuously on this adventure of parenthood. Love you @albert_peterson 84 ...
The FDA has approved a drug to treat PPD. A 60 day infusion, costing over $30k (w/o insurance.) My heart breaks.
Let me start by saying medication is necessary for some people, or simply wanted. And that is okay. I am so thankful we have choices & the medication necessary to help us live our daily lives.
What makes me sad is how PPD is handled. Why do we have such an alarming rate of PPD? Instead of putting a bandaid over it, let’s get to the root cause of it. Most women, like myself, don’t want a bandaid. I don’t want to numb the feelings of PPD or have any other mothers feel that’s the only way things will change for them.
Compare the US to other countries- our PPD is alarmingly high. What do they have that we don’t? A village. A community. Mothers, as a whole are valued more deeply. There’s no stigma to “bounce back.” Mothers aren’t demanded to return to work shortly after they have given birth. I mean, think about it- kittens and puppies stay with their mothers longer than some, if not most women here in the United States are granted to stay with their babies!
Women have lost the support. We are entering motherhood often already depleted- emotionally, mentally, and nutritionally. So many of us are set up for failure. We weren’t meant to mother alone. We’re hard wired for fellowship.
Postpartum is such a transformative & vulnerable time for mothers. We’re learning how to become mothers for the first time, or how to adjust to a new baby again. We. Need. A. Village. We need to take back postpartum & recognize it far more than physical. It is spiritual. It is sacred. It is a rite of passage.
Let’s figure out how to reclaim this. Let’s talk to women more & get to the root cause of this epidemic, if you will. I don’t want a bandaid, I want to be heard and felt by the sisters & society around me. ...
Ellie loves birth probably as much as I do 😆 she watched a whole lot of Call the Midwife with me during Herschel’s pregnancy and I was pretty sure she would be a part of Herschel’s birth. She ended up sleeping through most of it though, and stumbled out of her room around 4am just about 2 minutes before he was born. This time around she asked if she can be there the WHOLE time and catch the baby. 0 hesitation. Yes. Absolutely.
Last night she was hugging my tummy and whispered to her brother “I can’t wait to meet you and catch you”. 😆 now we need to brush up on all the Call the Midwife again and obsess over newborns and the birth process 😆 #homebirth ...
34 weeks and I’m basically one tired mother 💤
Did any of you ever get to a stage when baby’s movements became uncomfortable. I swear EJ is forever finding vulnerable spots anywhere she can and poking them 🤣
I’ve been going and going for the last five weeks since Justin’s injury and my In-laws came in to help from out of state during his recovery! Thank you all sooo much for your love and prayers! Please keep praying for J. It’s carrying us through 💖
Also shoutout to @bamboobies for making the comfiest bra ever 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 ...
It's #FeatureHerFriday ! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Today we are featuring a Jewish doula, Na'amah Wendy Keninon, from the West Coast! Check out #herstory below:
When a pregnant client is preparing for labor and is interested in inspiration from the Jewish tradition, I sometimes review with her the original story of Adam and Chavah from the Torah:
When Chavah ate the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad, we learn that she became aware of duality. Before, all was whole and cyclical. Now, she could see there was clothed and naked, working and resting, spiritual and physical, life and death.
The pressure we feel in our body during childbirth, when our body is serving as a vessel to bring a spirit into the physical world, this is the tension of the duality between the spiritual and the physical. Our divine role as women is to bring together the spiritual and physical.
This is why the Jewish tradition teaches that it is the women who will bring the Age of Redemption. There are many more stories in the Jewish bible in which the elevated spiritual position of the women is revealed. We learn that the Redemption will come in the merit of the women.
Giving birth, being a bridge for the spiritual and physical, is one way women embody our service. Every birth is another opportunity for a mother to engage in this sacred mission and to develop our inner strength. The way she experiences and navigates her childbirth is unique each time. Every surge, every birth brings us closer to our Creator.
Follow her @greendoula ! ...
To my daughter:
You are smart
You are funny
You are brave
You are creative
You are beautiful
You are passionate
You, my beloved daughter:
you are never alone.
You are not alone.
I am here for you.
I am here now.