“We experience birth so differently from the intimate spaces of our bodies and minds, it feels disingenuous to strike comparisons and place value judgments. Any woman who experiences the vulnerability of carrying a child in her body (or heart) and bringing it earthside is heroic in my estimation. This idea that there is a special medal danging on the tree for going without meds makes us undervalue ourselves and depreciate the ordeals we have endured. Loss moms, adoptive moms, cesarean birth mothers…We all open. We all tear, somewhere (body, heart, soul). We all both wildly embrace and struggle to embrace these experiences. It all takes courage and that courage is always worth celebrating.” — Rachel Lorena Brown
All to often we find ways to divide ourselves and our birth stories are no exceptions. We tell each other that if you had a pregnancy loss you are not a mother, if you chose pain medications you are weak, if you had a cesarean section you are a failure. We have all endured in our own way and do not deserve negative talk. We should instead find solace in our fellow POWERHOUSES, celebrate and support one another along each of our journeys for the road will be filled with enough obstacles.
For my POWERHOUSEs who chose to have a natural birth, thank you for continuing to remind us how strong and capable we are.
For my POWERHOUSEs whose precious gift was taken to soon, I keep you in my prayers. May you find comfort and healing with each new day. I exalt you for caring on.
For my POWERHOUSEs who chose to exercise your right to have pain medication I honor your choice.
For my POWERHOUSEs who carry the surgical scar of motherhood I applaud your bravery.
Our bodies and our memories will forever hold our stories. Your body is beautiful in every way!
To all my mothers and those trying to conceive, I SALUTE You!
I have been told that “finding your voice” is one of the most important tasks when establishing the brand for your organization. I asked myself, how do you find your voice when so often we have been rendered voiceless. As a woman, mom, midwife and a minority I am passionate about all women and young ladies knowing and believing that they are beautiful, strong, and powerful beyond belief. This beauty, strength, and power comes from within and is outwardly expressed in how we care for our bodies and love the ones who have been entrusted to us. As a midwife it is my life’s goal to make a significant impact on lowering the infant and maternal mortality and morbidity rate within the United States and across the world. The voice of My Body Is Beautiful is to echo the voices of women and young ladies as they navigate caring for their bodies, pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting. It is our goal to empower them through education, mentorship, and advocacy; build a national network of support groups; and aid in lowering the infant and maternal mortality and morbidity rate through community engagement, information, and social action so that women can make informed decisions about their care.
I hope you carry with you this thought, “Our bodies are an amazing and complex asset, we are the most dynamic POWERHOUSE there is! We are capable, we are equipped, and we have been powering life since creation.”