Today's post is absolutely 100% inspired by this article posted on Rewire yesterday: "Twerking While Pregnant: Joie Chavis Is Not Going to ‘Shake That Baby Out’"
Writer Brandi Collins-Calhoun: "But don’t get it twisted. Just because Chavis is dropping it in the video, she’s not hurting her pregnancy. She’s celebrating it and taking control of her image. That’s not negligence, but a revolutionary act of claiming her fitness, her body, and her pregnancy without fear."
Every person’s birth journey is unique, and yet we also know depending on the cultures that we come from, many of us face similar challenges and obstacles, and also enjoy similar traditions and experiences! If you're looking for a birth stories podcast that focuses on what this looks like for POC, look no further than Birth Stories in Color. Learn more about the hosts in the video below, and listen to some of the stories via the links below!
Midwives are one of the options of care providers that you can choose when you're on your birth journey. The work of the midwife has been known across the world for generations upon generations. What are some of the things a midwife has to say today? About what it looks like to do this work, and what parents should know? Joining us on the blog today is Barbara Vernéus, a Black student midwife in Austin, Texas with a very important message for us all.
It's Black Babywearing Week! To celebrate we're doing a quick roundup of some 😍😍😍-worthy Instagram posts showcasing Black parents from all over doing babywearing like the beautiful bosses they are. Photo credit: @africanboheme
There’s so much information out there about what to eat or avoid during pregnancy. Follow these guidelines I created as a radical nutritionist baby momma on a budget for ensuring powerful food essentials for vibrant pregnancy. Plus, these same guidelines support successful milk production postpartum.
I want my body back! My ankles are swollen, my belly is so heavy, my breasts are bigger (and leaked through my shirt at work the other day!), and I think I might actually smack the next person to even look like they're about to touch me... Okay, I'm being slightly dramatic. But still. Please help, I don't know what to do to make myself feel better.
These pictures from one of the last weeks of pregnancy for this new parent are just jaw-dropping, wide smiling beauty and joy.
"On my heart today is just celebrating and congratulating yourself for loving yourself and taking moments for self-care, even if they seem small..."
I'm 4 months pregnant and my housing situation feels like a mess. I'm living with family members who do not give me space and aren't supportive of the non-medical birth I want. I would have had a home birth if I had my own home. What can I do to make sure my birth is still mine and not theirs (and get some peace from their opinions)?
When I warned my then OBGYN how we traditionally deliver no later than 36 weeks, her response was she couldn’t “compete with my grandmother back in the bush,” but that I better stop “calling that baby to come early.”
People are tired of not seeing themselves, or folks with similar experiences, or senses of style, reflected in the spaces they live in and walk through. That's more and more clear each day because the images available to us are changing! Here are some folks out there doing the work to expand the way we see ourselves and the people around us. Inspired yet?
It was my absolute joy to go into the kitchen with Arley to create the Healthy Foods Dilation Chart. What you eat is always important – pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood are definitely no exception to that truth.