An Empowered Birth Is Possible!

We may not necessarily be able to control the circumstances of our baby’s birth, but an empowered birth is possible under any circumstances. Found two articles which will resonate with all Super-Woman undergoing their journey of pregnancy & birth…


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Wild Born

If you ever thought giving birth is incredibly difficult, just imagine doing it outside in subfreezing temperatures? That’s exactly what the Nenet women of Siberia do, and understanding exactly how they do it is what award-winning explorer, ethnographer, and photographer Alegra Ally set out to do. Ally is the founder of the Wild Born Project and has spent over 20 years traveling the world and spending time with indigenous people, focusing her work specifically on pregnancy and birth.

Through her travels, Ally notes that her eyes have been opened as to how other cultures don’t treat pregnancy and childbirth as a medical condition, the way Western citizens do. The explorer adds that she is particularly inspired by the women she has met. The Wild Born Project celebrates women and cultural diversity, with special focus on the resilience, roles, and power of indigenous women and girls from around the world. Over the past five years, Ally has focused on the rituals and initiations surrounding transformations into womanhood, birth preparations, and postpartum traditions.

The nonprofit invites midwives, doulas, students, and women to take part in projects focused on documenting and revitalizing the traditional knowledge of indigenous women, building birthing stations, empowering local women and girls, and exchanging knowledge with traditional midwives.


Moments of Empowerment

I’ll never forget the faces of the nurses who followed me into the bathroom after delivering each baby. That moment when I was so vulnerable, so tired, scared, shaky. My swollen belly deflating, and my modesty long gone. They treated me with such kindness and dignity. For me, these have been moments of empowerment and confirmation that I have a real village to help me, even if just for that little bit of time in a bathroom, on a toilet, while a kind nurse shows me how to put an ice pad on my mesh undies. This photo by my friend MommaKT Shoots just takes me right back. Like, I can smell the Dermaplast. Let’s hear it for the nurses and the doulas and anyone else who shows us how to make ice pad underwear (or helps with that first shower post c-section!)

This post went viral and soon moms started commenting with their own incredible stories of gratitude for the nurses they encountered. Will you share yours?


Hot Debate

I have had several requests for commentary on what has been a hotly-debated blog post. This response is the most solid I have come across & well worth a read if you are looking to delve deeper into this whole concept…