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Navelgazing Midwife

What a MAGNIFICENT site you have here. I am thrilled you have this place for the beautiful and luscious women out there – no matter what they look like. Your site makes Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty” look minuscule.

As a midwife, I see the beauty of stretch marks every day (besides looking at my own and my partner’s).

I’ve worked a great deal of my birth career with migrant Hispanic women and while I didn’t grow up speaking Spanish, I learned as an adult and am fairly fluent. However, subtle mistakes sometimes brought laughs or out and out confusion.

Touching women’s bellies (a distinct honor and privilege), I tell them how beautiful their stretch marks are. The word for “stretch marks” in Spanish is “estrillas” (es-tree-y-ah-s). The word for “stars” is “estrellas” (es-tray-y-ah-s). Over and over, I mixed them up, telling women how beautiful the “stars” were on their bellies. They would laugh and I, embarrassed, loved that they had an image of something sparkling on their abdomens.

Thank you again and I will encourage my clients to take photos of their bellies and consider sending them in to you. Thank you for your wonderful idea and blog.

Navelgazing Midwife

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2 comments… add one
  • Anonymous Sunday, July 16, 2006, 3:37 pm

    actually, it’s estrias…

  • Special Red Monday, July 17, 2006, 11:57 am

    I wish someone would have told me about the stars on my belly ;)

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