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Meshing together.
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‘s k i n’ by: @jamieallio_ .
loved this concept and direction from @_to_wander_/@bryanna_casey. I don’t shoot maternity photos that often anymore but after she told me her vision for this shoot and her desire to embrace the raw, real and bare, I was sold. Here’s a few of my favorites from when her sweet husband jumped in for a few shots.

What better way to start your Saturday?
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A mother gorilla clears her baby’s airway. ♥️
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It’s a boy! Baby gorilla Moke was born at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. He is the first western lowland gorilla to be born at the zoo in nine years. Meredith Bastian, curator of primates at the zoo’s Conservation Biology Institute, called Moke’s birth “very special and significant, not only to our zoo family but also to this critically endangered species as a whole.”
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📷: Smithsonian National Zoo

Happy #worldbreastfeedingweek 🤱🏻 | In the beginning breastfeeding was really challenging. It was the first thing we did together as a mother and son, and some of the moments that I am most grateful for happened when I was breastfeeding. I cant believe it's been over a year, and it is still such a huge part of our lives. I remember there was a time when I was shy and wasn't comfortable breastfeeding in public, but now I can do it almost anywhere. 這個禮拜是國際母乳週,在還沒生小孩以前我從來都不知道哺乳是怎麼一回事,從當媽媽第一天到現在,我撐過了無數個覺得孤獨又無助的時刻。默默地我已經親餵母奶一年了,曾經身體跟心理上的痛苦都轉變成我和Cormac之間最親密的默契。我知道等我老了以後,這會是我人生中最美好的回憶之一。向所有哺乳媽媽致敬。- @hanny_bobanny

Happy World Breastfeeding Week ♥️ | Her strength and courage after loss was what stuck with me most, she welcomed her little rainbow baby boy into her arms and within moments he was bonding and feeding furiously. She could all in one moment recognize the little one she had lost and still celebrate this precious child she was getting to breastfeed and hold. - @hannahillphotography

Repost | @empoweredbirthproject Belly birth en caul magic captured by @deborasilveirafotografia 💫
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Find more of her work at www.facebook.com/DeboraSilveiraFotografia
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#encaul #amnioticsac #bellybirth #csection #cesareanbirth #birthvideo #empoweredbirthproject

Twenty-eight pounds lost since birth and everything is still squishy and soft. My body is not its pre-pregnancy state and why would it be? I grew a 9lb1oz human from nothing! Since he's been here, he's gained over a pound and my body still did that! My body will never be back to its pre-pregnancy state. I literally carry Wilder's cells in me still. And Evie's (who I lost at 24 weeks). And Brennan's (now 8). My body is a living, breathing, monument of the lives it has carried. Two now living outside of me and one who only lived inside of me. My body has held life and death. My body is *never* going to be the same and for that, I am grateful. - @habe_mccoy / Found @ihadamiscarriage #motherhoodrising

I discovered Ever’s love for shopping today and I’ve never seen her so excited about earrings. She doesn’t have her ears pierced yet and she keeps asking. What’s your experience with ear piercing - at 3 years old?

Belly birth is birth. There aren’t special levels of birth achievements to unlock or a special club you get to join if you forego pain relief.
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Birth is the beginning of a journey and all that matters is that you’ve been informed, considered, respected, acknowledged, and that you confidently made every decision or concession surrounding your birth, of your own free will and without pressure or shame. At least, that’s what I hope for every human being entering such a life changing process.
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Bridget, you are one of the strongest women I know and I am so incredibly proud of you. I love you and I can’t wait to see you. This incredible series was shared by @bridgetblonde and her partner @jlcruzen
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♥️ you three XO @katherine.emrick #postpartumrecovery

My sweet friend @bridgetblonde shares: “This is what 3 days post c-section looks like 👶🏼
My birth story wasnt ideal and recovery is not only a physical challenge for mama but mental for Jake n I both. So glad to be moving forward! 💙
Also, to all the soon-to-be mamas out there, try not to shame yourself when your birth doesn’t go as “planned”. Just remember that...and also remember it’s gonna be ok”

This is shocking and incredibly disappointing. From @nytimes :
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“Based on decades of research, the [WHO @who] resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.

Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.

American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children.” Yet another example of the US prioritizing corporate interest above the health and well-being of human beings. Another example of how our bodies and our rights to accurate, evidence based information are politicized.
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Words from @empoweredbirthproject (check out her page and stories to learn more)
Image is by @heathergallagher.photography. ❤️

How amazing is the female body?
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We grow and nourish life. We create little humans. That is so damn powerful in itself without adding in the birth and motherhood!
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Yet, when it comes to pregnancy & birth it seems like we are forever told we don’t have the capabilities to birth our baby. That it is painful, your baby is too big or too small, and your vagina will be ruined.
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We are on time limits, induction schedules and regimented routines. Told we can’t do this, or birth here or push now.
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Birth doesn’t have to be like that, in fact, it SHOULDN’T be like that at all. Birth should be celebrated in our society. It should always be a positive experience because when you give birth not only do you bring your baby earth side but a mother is born.
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The woman will transform and that metamorphosis will impact her for the rest of her life.
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📸by @kuyabunsophotography @welcomeearthside of my little Ari boy making his grand entrance! Found / @petatuckbrisbanedoula

Pins have arrived! I’ll be shipping Touched Out pins on Friday and you can still grab one in my shop at the link in bio. ♥️ #breastfeeding #TouchedOut #weaning

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