I was sitting in a room of expecting moms the other night. Listening to their stories, their excitement, worries and how they were feeling that day. I love this. I love listening to each beautiful detail but something stood out to me. There was a need and a want, something was missing for them in their pregnancies.
Connection. Community. Other women who were in the same stage of life.
I started thinking back to when I was first pregnant. I was working full time, most of my friends had careers and busy with dating or their new marriages and spent their weekends socializing and traveling. It was relaxing and I enjoyed that lifestyle but I felt like I was standing with a foot on each side of the line. I was partly in my social circle of friends and the other half of me was entering into a new world of motherhood. It was difficult to meet other women going through pregnancy. There are many many groups in my area for new moms. Mommy and Me workouts, meet ups and baby music classes. But other than taking a prenatal class where you walk in, learn and leave without getting much for interaction, there wasn’t much for an expecting mom.
Have you felt like this? Have you been able to find women to surround yourself with who are going through pregnancy at the same time? Building good solid friendships.
I wanted to create a place where women, during their pregnancies, can come and build relationships, talk about what they are feeling that week and get a good workout at the same time. A place where it is relaxing to come and stretch your body and work out any discomforts you are having. A place where you can laugh a lot and get a little crazy (just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t shake your hips!).
I am inviting YOU! Come join us. Special invitation to hang out with great women, relieve pain during your pregnancy and have a fantastic time!
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Doula and Prenatal Fitness Instructor in the Fraser Valley, including Abbotsford and Chilliwack
So you’re sitting in a restaurant, your baby starts to fuss and cry while you’re sitting there waiting for your food. Clearly your little one is just as hungry as you are but you’re surrounded by a full room of people that are starting to all notice your baby getting louder and more impatient. You get a little nervous as you are still new with breastfeeding and your baby is still learning to latch right away. You know this won’t be easy. After a moment of maneuvering and undoing your nursing tank top strap, your little one finally gets a good latch and you relax back and continue conversation with your family. Yes! This is simple and each time gets easier and easier but wait.. the waiter comes to the table and asked you to cover up. Ugh! Now you feel embarrassed so you pack up your stuff and leave. Disappointed and upset that the community is not 100% on board with your breastfeeding journey. Did you have to leave? Is there something you could have said instead?
There has been a lot of discussion in the news about discrimination and rights when it comes to a breastfeeding mother and her baby. Do you know your rights?
“Nursing mothers have the right to breastfeed their children in a public area, and it is discriminatory to ask them to cover up or breastfeed somewhere else.”
– BC Ministry of the Attorney General, 2008
You have a right! A right to breastfeed your child in an public area that you are legally allowed to be in. You have the choice to use a cover or not use a cover. You have a choice to breastfeed in public or in private or alternate between. YOU HAVE A RIGHT!
Most of the world views breastfeeding as a normal part of raising a child and it’s supported and encouraged anywhere at any time. How can we help our North American communities normalize breastfeeding? Let’s start by finding support through a lactation consultant, Le Leche League meetings, Facebook groups, being a part of community events such as the Chilliwack Breastfeeding Challenge and so much more!
We are adults, we can make our own decisions on how we would like to feed our children. Let’s rise up and take back normalized breastfeeding!
Thank you Ashley Hughes for the beautiful photos and for the women who feed their babies whenever, wherever.
Check out http://ashleyhughesphotography.ca/ for more from this very talented woman!
Owner and Doula in the Fraser Valley, including Abbotsford and Chilliwack