Ellen has spent most of her career working with women through the deep-rooted confusion that can lead to eating disorders and body image issues. She helps women sort through the culturally handed-down and media-driven information that has created unrealistic ideals of what it means to be a woman.
For Megan, starting a conversation and raising awareness about the importance of community during motherhood is essential. Her organization aims to offer resources and community to modern mothers to help them thrive in their transition to motherhood.
Nell knew she should follow the path to midwifery and has dedicated her career to creating a homebirth model in a small hospital setting. Denise is a midwife in a hospital in The Bronx. She assists women from marginalized areas of society gain access to a midwife in high-risk pregnancies. And Sharon is Chief of the Midwifery Division and oversees a midwife education program at Baystate Medical Center.
T’Karima believes that birth is a ceremony. Missy is a certified midwife who serves all people. Mary Rose is a nurse/midwife who left the Army at 18 when she became pregnant after being raped. All three are birth workers who embrace respecting a woman’s cultural heritage and traditions.
Ashley Logsdon, had always wanted to have children and in the most natural way possible. During our conversation, she details each of her three birth stories – all of which took unexpected turns in the opposite direction of her birth plans.
Dr. Marlene Ehrler learned the hard way that birth is the ultimate initiation into the lack of control that typifies motherhood, and learned to integrate and heal from the trauma she experienced during a very difficult birth and postpartum period.