Motherhood is a call that many of us hear, but not all of us answer. Some of us are surprised and thrown into motherhood, some of us hear the call and “try” for years - some couples are blessed with a pregnancy, some are not. In our youth, some of us reject the idea of motherhood for whatever reason, and then something happens that warms our heart up again, and we decide to embrace the unknown. Some children come to us in different ways other than by birth; we look out the window, see a hawk, and know our daughter is coming. We are hopeful she will arrive soon.
Alana’s Birth Stories - The full circle of births, from c-section to water birth. Jackie’s Journey of Success and Love - A mother’s 2nd passage through breastfeed- ing with her family as a team to support her. Kelly’s 4th Trimester - The challenges of miscarriage, seeking and finding deep support, and birthing her rainbow baby boy. Reinventing How We Look at Birth - Local artist Amy Haderer shares her latest project and her artistic journey into honoring pregnancy with art. Celebrating the Surrogate Pregnancy - One mama tells her story of how she offered the ultimate “pay it forward.” Creatively Grieving Miscarriage - How do women support each other through a mother’s darkest time? By listening, offering childcare and meal preparations. By sewing pillows, knitting stuffed animals, placing a Jizo statue in their garden, or creating art out of the sling for the baby that was never born; by talking about their babies and remembering them. Athena’s Adoptions - Hearing the call to motherhood and finding it through adoption; a non-traditional birth-of-a-mother story. The Mother’s Blessing - Instead of a baby shower, let us honor the Mama! This new kind of ceremony is actually not new, every culture has practiced honoring women during this time, though many original traditions have been lost. A blend of trade- things come together in a Mother’s Blessing. This modern women’s gathering is found- ing its way into many circles of friends, who put them on for their dear sisters, even if they have never been to one themselves.
It has been an amazing journey to create this magazine, Artfull Mother. I am devoted to the interests of mothers and the art that empowers them! I have learned so much being the creative director for over 3 years. However, after 13 issues, it is time for Artfull Mother to end. Thirteen feels like a powerful number to end on because it is such a feminine number - there are 13 full moons each year and in the past, women’s cycles came with the timing of the moon. I know I will carry on this work in yet another way that will be revealed to me in time. Let’s stay in touch, sisters. I wanted to acknowledge all the people that have made this magazine possible: First and foremost my cheerful husband, Rob, who encouraged me throughout, built the website and helped with a lot of the writing and all the technical aspects. A huge wave of gratitude for our lighthearted editor, Stacey [pictured here on this page with her daughter, Lina], whose insights are invaluable. Thank you so much for all the contributing writers, especially Samantha Jessup and Monet Nichole. I deeply appreciate all the women who’ve shared their stories and shared the magazine!
My very best,
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Explore the pages of this magazine, drinking in the photos, read the stories and interviews, we invite you to [feel] a kinship with the women in the photos. As you gaze at the bellies, you may feel a greater connection, a connection to "the mother", the part of each woman, through the generations, across race, borders even time where that spark... between a mother and her child, is intended for us all.
This magazine is published as a humble acknowledgement, of the single greatest thing humanity can do, it is not limited to the rich & powerful, the creation of another living human life, exactly like you and entirely unique at the same time.
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