Birth Trauma Survivor and Maternal Health Advocate

“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” — Coco Chanel

April 19, 2010 I had arrived at the hospital the day before with a face full of make-up and I intended to keep it that way.  It was now eight o’clock in the morning and after twenty hours of labor I had grown used to my enemy–the contractions. As uncomfortable as I was, I comforted…


"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong." -Laura Stavoe Harm

It was a long night. Bobby and I passed the time reading, watching tv and pacing the halls of the hospital. I leaned on Bobby as we dragged my oxygen tank and iv fluids around the maternity wing countless times. I could hear the faint cries of newborns throughout the night. I was curious to…