Birth Trauma Survivor and Maternal Health Advocate

“Red is one of the strongest colors, it’s blood, it has a power with the eye. That’s why traffic lights are red I guess, and stop signs as well… In fact,I use red in all of my paintings.” -Keith Haring

There was blood everywhere. Just hours before, I had been watching Seinfeld re-runs on the TV in the corner of my hospital room. The TV was turned off now and I was lying in bed, staring at my reflection in the TV. I could see my entire midsection down to my legs covered in red….

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“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…