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New Found Respect (Skye)

July 10, 2009

25 years old
First pregnancy

I never knew how strong I could be until I became pregnant.. it is a journey unlike any other!
I started off so nieve and unsure of myself as a woman, I slowly started to listen to my body and follow my gut instincts.. I had all these pre-conditioned beliefs that had been built over the years about pregnancy and birth, but as my belly grew I discovered a deep inner strength and wisdom and from this I was able to have an amazing birth experience.

I had a beautiful, drug free water birth at home, I went into labour the previous evening and little Indi was born at 10.27am the next day weighing 6.2 lbs.. I am still blown away by it all! I never knew I could make noises like that!!! My midwife was wonderful, she just let me go with the flow of my body which I am so thankful for as I was then not expecting anything and I was just in the moment.. and in doing that I was able to let go of being self conscious and just really get into it!

I wish I could recapture the feeling I had when I brought Indi out of the water and held him.. that feeling of complete bliss and total love, I was totally amazed that he was actually there.. in my arms! for a while I thought he would never come out!

Giving birth has finally opened my eyes and given me a whole new perspective of my body, after coming through a battle with bulimia/anorexia that had engulfed my whole world for many years I am able to look at my body with a smile, I feel so proud of what it is capable of, truly impressive!!! I’m not worried about my hubby seeing my jiggly thighs, cellulite and now very stretched boobs, I feel like I’m beyond judgement, we are creators, life givers and deserve to be seen as nothing less than beautiful regardless of what marks were left behind..

photos:

#1- 9 days before giving birth
#2- little contraction, funny shaped belly!
#3- about 3hrs after giving birth
#4- happy little family
#5- a week or so later
#6- 12 weeks after birth

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8 Responses to “New Found Respect (Skye)”

  1. Shi Says:
    July 10th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    You can just feel the beauty and power in your birth! Nothing makes me happier than when a woman gets to feel the empowerment and unbelievable satisfaction of a Birth gone the way God intended it to be! After one wonderful natural birth in the hospital and two amazing home births I have three boys whose Birth Days were the most wonderful, euphoric days of my life. Birth is meant to be this way!!!!!

    You look fantastic, and you are so lucky to have soaked up all that is offered to us on the most sacred days of a woman’s life!

  2. Mary Says:
    July 10th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I love your pictures! The picture of your contraction is so cute, like a heart! Looking good mama!

  3. Daisy Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 5:53 am

    You look beautiful mama, and yes we are creators and a baby body and stretch marks are the symbols of having had the privilage of becoming a mother. There are many women suffering from infertility who would love to look in the mirror and see stretch marks. Good to hear that you had such a wonderful home birth experience. Congrats with your beautiful gift!

  4. Nichole Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Wow you look amazing! You have the perfect body! I’m jealous!

  5. Sarah Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    You are so very right! I also feel like I’m finally beyond judgment. It’s really freeing, isn’t it? I love your photos! You really had the most amazing pregnant belly–such a perfect shape! And you have a gorgeous postpartum body! Congratulations!!!

  6. susy Says:
    July 29th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    You look amazing! I had a homebirth too! (would have loved a waterbirth but had no time to fill the pool!)
    Something incredible about giving birth at home…

  7. nicole Says:
    August 13th, 2009 at 2:05 am

    yea!!

  8. Anna Says:
    September 11th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I just have to say you are the most beautiful pregnant woman I have ever seen. It seems to natural and not out of place like I looked! And you look amazing afterwards too, as does your baby. Congratulations mommy!

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