Real-Mom Interviews Meet: Jenna

Jenna is one of my midwives! Dare I even admit she was my favorite (sorry to the others… but the heart wants what it wants). She was the first midwife at the birth of my home birth three years ago. Her calmness kept me grounded. Her easy smiles kept me grinning, and her words of encouragement kept me motivated to continue. Last year, we were both expecting! Though she was still my midwives, with our due dates being just weeks apart, she knew she wouldn’t be at the birth of my second son which was saddening to me! She was blessed with a beautiful baby girl! Her first of three children! I love the way she playfully uses the #ShesAShe #ItsAGirl Hashtag, because I would do the same after two boys. Cheers to being smiling, nature-loving mamas with big beautiful families and handsome loving husbands. Cheers to you my dear, and all the life you help bring into this world as a midwife! Enjoy her interview!

LET’S RAISE THIS MOTHER

Tell me about yourself

I’m a daughter, and a grand-daughter, and was once a great-grand-daughter (my great-gramma died at 103 yrs young, I’m blessed to have memory of her!). I think women are amazing – the older, the better 😉 I get to see miracles most often as I work as a midwife catching babies and supporting their families. It is a hard job, full of rewards. I became a mom myself, after catching hundreds of babies…completely ignorant of what love awaited me until I held my own <3

Have you always wanted kids?

If not, when did that change? – I always wanted kids, and I always wanted them “young” (around 20yrs old) and I always wanted them close together in age. Neither of those wants happened, and I couldn’t imagine it any other way now.

Tell me about the birth or infancy stage of your child?

Birth stories as a midwife, could turn into a novel quite quickly. I’ll spare most of the intricacies and summarize with this: my 7yo was born by caesarian, my 4yo by a pitocin induction, and my newborn was born at home. 

Funniest memory?

My first child fell off the bed when just a few months old.

Happens to the best of us!

At the sound of the thud my husband ran to turn on the light, as i bent to pick M up. When the lights came on, we saw I was holding him upside down :\ …it’s funny now.

What’s something you wish people knew about your son/daughter?

Probably just how unique they are! It’s hard to get to know a child, especially if they are shy, when you aren’t their parents/family.

What’s something you wish people knew about you?

I’m not sure there IS something I wish for people to know?? I like building relationships with people, and truly knowing someone is a gift.

What was the biggest sacrifice of motherhood to you? And how are you coping?

Being selfish! Sometimes, I still revert back to being selfish (with my time, mostly) which, in turn, makes me angry when I can’t have my way. But becoming a mom grows you by leaps and bounds daily!

What do you love most about being a mom?

The unconditional love I get from my kids, the physical touch of hugs and snuggles, the opportunity to teach and grow a little human is unreal.

Who does your tribe consist of?

First and foremost, my Mom (and Dad!) who watch my kids while I’m at work. I wish they knew just how invaluable their love is, and their time is the reason I can pursue a job that I feel called to do.

What lessons and values do you hope to instill in your child?

Love. Treat others as you’d like to be treated. Respect people, and plants and animals, and all your stuff!

Can we follow you on social media?

I have an Instagram and fb and don’t mind followers 😉

Do you have any advice out there for moms-to-be?

Advice for moms-to-be: the labour in which you brought your child into the world NEVER ceases. Remember to keep breathing, endure the struggles, and do what you can before requesting drugs 😉 (a little comic relief there at the end).

Thank you Thank you THANK YOU!

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