Hi! My name is Sarah Fabares and Parenthood In Progress si the culmination of my career as a special education teacher, my passion for all things birth and babies, and my desire to be home with my own babies. When I was pregnant with my first baby, I researched EVERYTHING. We took Bradley birth classes, private Hypnobirthing classes, hospital childbirth classes, breastfeeding seminars, infant CPR, you name it- we did it. I have since had three natural, unmedicated births in under 4 years, and been breastfeeding for seven years straight. None of my births were "easy" and I have had ongoing breastfeeding challenges with all three babies. But, for me, birthing naturally and achieving my own breastfeeding goals have been more personally empowering than my formal education or my career. It seems ironic that these two things that women have been doing for ages would be such a great "accomplishment" to me. But, we live in an era, culture, and region where the odds are overwhelmingly stacked against these "natural" processes, which makes their successful achievement something truly worth celebrating. As a teacher, certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor, and fellow member of the mommy tribe, I want to equip other moms to accomplish their own parenting goals from the very start. I wish moms in my community the chance to grasp first hand that birth is not JUST about going home with a healthy mom and baby, but also a sacred opportunity to fully experience and live by, "If I can do that, I can do ANYTHING." I want new mothers to carry that same sense of confidence and accomplishment into their breastfeeding relationships, rallying them to truly grasp that they are, in fact, "enough" for their babies, just as they are- not broken, not inadequate, not "less than" and certainly not alone in any challenge they may face.
This is the birth of my last baby, shared as one every-day ordinary example of the kind of peacefully unmedicated and empowering birth that is still possible... even in Louisiana, home of the highest cesarean rate in the country. (P.S. - this baby was still breech three days before my due date! Birth Story HERE)
This is the birth of my second child, made infinitely easier than my first, when I made peace with surrendering to the process and trusted my body more than the prescribed "method" or checklist. I was 8cm dilated in the pics of my doula and me laughing it up singing "Don't Worry Be Happy." Investing in childbirth education allowed me to feel completely confident that what I was experiencing was NORMAL, and nothing to be afraid of.' Angelle at Nola Birth Photographer took these pictures too. She does beautiful work!
And my first born does not have beautiful birth photography. Oh well- her clothes were all new and she was read to. :)