Doula Support Prioritizes Personal Birth Preferences
Hello wonderful community! Do you feel alone in your journey to conceive? Are you frustrated with all the overwhelming statistics about pregnancy and birth in a larger body? Have you doubted if you even want to get pregnant in the body you have now? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re in the right place!

I (Christina) started Big Fat Pregnancy almost 4 years ago with the hope of sharing my first pregnancy and birth of my daughter with other fat folks. I had no idea we’d end up here as a doula, with another baby, and over the moon with the work I get to do.

I felt so alone starting my conception journey, built on the decades old externally enforced narrative in my brain that getting pregnant was going to be super hard because I was fat. I was told at such an early age that this was my fate. My body was already doomed. Already broken. Already wrong.

The rest of my life, I continued to be surrounded by messages and horror stories that even if I did miraculously happen to conceive, it would be a terrible pregnancy filled with complications. The outlook on a delivery was even worse, loaded with interventions and most likely a c-section.

When I got pregnant, I did not have any pregnant friends, let alone fat pregnant friends, and I had no idea what I was doing. The overwhelming amount of information online that confirmed all the things I believed about my body was reaffirmed website after website. 

I didn’t believe it was possible to have a positive pregnancy and birth experience as a fat person and I thought I was doomed to complications and a whole lot of judgment. I wasn’t even sure it was safe to birth in my body at the size I was. I was nervous, alone, uncertain and about to embark on a 9 month journey of growing a human. I was terrified.

Does this pregnancy and birth story sound familiar? If so, I’m here for you!

The good news is that almost five years later from when I found myself pregnant, I have birthed two beautiful humans, intervention and complication free, at home in a birthing tub.

Which was my dream, but definitely doesn’t have to be yours! The point I’m trying to make is that fat people have other, much more positive paths that most of us have never thought of, let alone thought possible for us! 

And it happens all the time. Most pregnancies, not just fat pregnancies, are not complicated horror stories.

How Doulas Support the Non-Birthing Parent
Big Fat Pregnancy has worked with fat folks one-on-one to help them troubleshoot biased providers, practice dialogue for difficult conversations, and been beside clients as they victoriously roared their babies earthside just the way they dreamed! 

We have spent countless hours reading research papers, learning about fat activism, being in community with fat folks, and networking with other pregnancy professionals! 

And with all that knowledge and experience, we are here to show you that not only was a fat positive birthing experience possible for Christina and so many of our clients,  it is also possible for YOU too! 

Not only is a fat positive birth in a fat body possible, it can be safe and joyful too!

And just how do we plan to show you this?

With our BIG FAT PREGNANCY & BIRTH MASTERCLASS!!! This week-long series of one-hour sessions each night are dedicated to helping you conquer some of the biggest pain points with pregnancy and birth in a larger body! 

Angry by how you’ve been treated?

Unsteady in your responses to providers? Worried about “double and “triple the risk” statements?

Then join us and together we can calm those nerves and empower you to birth confidently with your best friends and birth pals by your side – Big Fat Pregnancy.

Sneak Peek: Big Fat Pregnancy Masterclass Includes Incredible Topics

February 5th

Unlocking Confidence: How Confidence During Labor Lowers Pain

In this empowering session, we delve into the crucial link between confidence and pain during labor. Autonomy and advocacy take center stage as we guide participants through understanding the necessity of confidence for a smoother labor experience. This day is designed to provide tools to bolster self-assurance.

February 6th

Breaking Down Anti-Fat Bias: Recognizing and Affirming Your Anger

Addressing the pervasive issue of anti-fat bias, this day focuses on validating your lived experience. Participants explore the inherent wrongness of discrimination and arm themselves with information to challenge these biases.

February 7th

Debunking Myths About Fat Birth: You Are Not a Statistic

Dispelling a prominent myth surrounding fat birth, this session emphasizes the uniqueness of individual stories. Participants discover research and statistics that showcase outcomes based on biased measurements and isolated analyses.

February 8th

Building a Community: Finding Support and Cheerleaders

Recognizing the importance of a supportive community, this day explores the need for shared experiences and identities during pregnancy. Surrounding ourselves with other fat pregnant folks fosters a sense of belonging and empowerment.

February 9th

Being an Active Participant in Your Journey

Empowering participants to be active decision-makers in their pregnancy journey, this session highlights the power individuals possess in shaping their birthing experience. By emphasizing self-assurance and the ability to make informed decisions, the goal is to bridge the gap between provider and participant.

 

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Each day focuses on a foundation of introducing anti-fat bias in prenatal care, a specific topic and leaves plenty room for you to get answers to specific questions you have about fat pregnancy and birth, so come to one or all!

Mark your calendars and don’t miss this unique opportunity to gather knowledge, share experiences, and grow your fat+ pregnancy community. We look forward to being in conversation and community with you!

See you there!

Christina & Emily

 

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