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Celebrating Womanhood–UWIB April Blog Hop

I have been thinking a lot lately about about womanhood–how to interpret it and what it means to me. In about a month I will be entering a new kind of life as a woman. My first baby is due on May 27 and from his birth forward I will be not only a woman, but also a mother. Having spent two years in a PhD program in Women’s Studies, I am wary of essentialist definitions of womanhood, and particularly any definition of Woman that revolves around her role as a mother. Yet I agree with Dr. Sarah J. Buckley, author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, that “birth is a women’s issue, birth is a power issue; therefore birth is a feminist issue” (page 8). Yet it is an issue that American feminists have largely ignored. I am fortunate to live in a place with multiple options for birth and prenatal care, to be able to work with midwives who celebrate womanhood by trusting  women’s bodies to be strong enough to birth babies without unnecessary medical intervention, and trusting women’s brains to be smart enough to decide which medical interventions are necessary for her.

And while I’ve been ruminating over the political implications of my transformations–both the physical transformations of pregnancy, and the social transformation of motherhood–I’ve been getting back into some of my non-millinery related art practices to help me celebrate my womanhood:

Pregnancy, by Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri

This was a spontaneous self-portrait painted in acrylics on handmade paper left over from making my wedding invitations.

For more musings on Celebrating Womanhood, be sure to check out the other participants in the April Unique Women in Business Blog Hop!

Rita Wetzel: www.RitasCreativeNest.com
Audrey Fetterhoff: www.AudreyGardenLady.blogspot.com
Linda Stranger: www.capecodjewel.blogspot.com
Judy Woodley: www.WellspringCreations.blogspot.com
Janet Bocciardi: http://honeyfromthebee.com
Ann Rinkenberger: www.harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com
Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri: www.ElephunksTrunk.blogspot.com
Wendy Kelly: http://blog.vintageday.com
Cory Trusty: www.aquarianbath.blogspot.com
Karen Terry/McDuffie: www.jmjcreations.blogspot.com

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14 thoughts on “Celebrating Womanhood–UWIB April Blog Hop

  1. I never had children so I can only imagine the changes that have been happening and will happen in your life. I think you will experience more joy than you thought possible. May you have a smooth birth and welcome to the new little being in your (and ours!) life.

  2. But doesn't the fact that transgender men and genderqueer people give birth mean birth is not just a women's issue?

  3. Congratulations on your pregnancy. Very happy to have you on the team. Love your painting. Great blog post. I really relate. I had both my daughters at home unassisted, the most recent last May. Best of luck!

  4. Thank you for the lovely comments everyone.

    Aby–you are absolutely right that birth is not just a women's issue, and thinking about birth from a trans and queer perspective is important.

  5. Your Painting is outstanding. It such a special time , the last month a pregnancy. Enjoy your Baby moon!

    And stand strong in the birthing room.

  6. Congratulations! Motherhood is mostly indescribable because we all experience it differently; but it is the most all-encompassing, overwhelming, scary, exciting, joyful feeling I have ever had!
    Enjoy!

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