mothers bare postpartum selves and stories

Seeing your naked, postpartum body for the first time can be a real come-to-Jesus moment. I know it was for me. Staring at my fleshy tummy in the brutally unforgiving lights of the hospital bathroom, I remember thinking, “I can’t wait to look like I used to.” Before pregnancy. Before birth.

It’s easy to get caught up in these types of musings, given how as new moms, we are inundated with images of seemingly perfect celebrities who practically sprint out of the labor and delivery ward in skintight spandex.

That’s why photographer Liliana Taboas of Divine Mothering wants women to see different images of new moms, and how they really look postpartum.

But the photographs featured in her new book, “I Will Always Be Your Mother,” are about more than showcasing women’s bodies after baby as a way to suggest it’s okay to look like a real person after birth. No, according to Liliana, it’s about time we shifted our focus from how a woman’s body looks postpartum, to what it just did!

“I want women to feel proud of their bodies,” she told BabyCenter in an email. “I want them to see the beauty that I see in the female form. Mothers are an incredible symbol of love and nurturing. Women’s bodies are so often reduced to their sexuality. I want to remind women that their bodies are so much more than that; they are strong, powerful nurturers and birthers. Mothers need to be proud of what their bodies have done, and it is to bring forth the next generation.”

Read more: Baby Center Blog

Project website: Divine Mothering

Becoming a mom gave one woman the courage to love her body — that's when she became a naturist

Naturism is about way more than getting naked in the woods

On a scorching day in August two summers ago, Andrea Alves walked naked into a park with her 5-month-old son while her husband, Peter (name changed), went to work. That was the day Alves, a 31-year-old elementary school teacher, adopted naturism as a way of life. A part of it, she says, is to be “self-confident and comfortable being naked both at home and in a naturist environment.”

Alves, now a mother of two, is raising her children with the naturist philosophy while her husband shrugs and moves on. “My own husband does not participate in naturism, but he supports my choice. He wears clothes to the point where I call him a never-nude. He wears clothes, and I do not,” says Alves nonchalantly.
Peter Alves, who is also a teacher, explains the situation with a metaphor: “Think of it this way: My wife and kids like going out for sushi, and I don’t eat sushi. I don’t have a problem with it, but I’m going to stay back.”

If only the notion of being a naturist were as easily digestible as sushi rolls.

read more – Source: She Knows

curator’s note: It is interesting to this reader that the husband in this case is the reluctant spouse. Also factors of life like becoming a mother and the close proximity of a naturist venue were big in her adopting clothes free living. 

mom advocates clothes free living for the sake of kids and husbands

I advocate nakedness around your children, homes and husbands. 

I don’t want my boys expectations of women to resemble those that they see in magazines or TV nor do I want my girls expectations of themselves to.

I believe that with the help of Queens loving themselves the next generations definition of beauty will be radically different and no longer will we idolise the unrealistic airbrushed idea of perfection that causes so much self doubt and depression.

read more- Source: Facebook

Woman appreciates Nudist Mother

Why I’m glad my mom’s a nudist

Nudist communities are not what they look like in the movies. It isn’t like the scene in the movie Fur, where Nicole Kidman arrives and is instructed to remove all of her clothing before entering a nudist compound. Any of the nudist places I’ve been to are clothing optional, and you’d better believe that yours truly opts to remain clothed when I visit!

What I find interesting is that the thing that makes the neighborhood my mom lives in unlike any other typical American neighborhood isn’t the exposed butts and boobs and penises. Well, at least it isn’t only that. This place is different because my mom’s neighbors actually know each other, by name. They know each others life stories better than any other neighborhood that I’ve experienced, even here on the docks where we can get pretty close knit and protective of each other.

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Mother explains Why I let my daughters see me (and my family and friends) stark naked

Why I let my daughters see me (and my family and friends) stark naked: Bonkers? No, Jess says it’s the best way to stop them growing up hating their own bodies

English reserve, coupled with sensible caution over how these things would sound to others – blurted out in the classroom, for instance – would make most mothers mount those stairs in a flash to intervene.

But not me. I stood back and congratulated myself on a job well done. Seeing how comfortable my daughters, five-year-old Matilda and three-year old Bibi, are with nudity in all its forms – male, female, old, young, fat, thin, in-family and out – makes me proud. I see it as part of my crusade to beat the body issues blighting our children’s childhood.

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Curator’s note: Don’t be surprised if this mother is accused of putting her children in harms way. 

mother and baby

mother and baby

Photographer: Maxim Vakhovskiy

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