Pregnancy + Infant Loss Awareness Day Collaboration with Dr. Jessica Zucker

Dr. Jessica Zucker, author of I Had A Miscarriage, and I partnered this month on a poignantly beautiful illustration series for Pregnancy + Infant Loss Awareness Day

The illustrative campaign seeks to shift the silence, stigma, and shame surrounding pregnancy and infant loss with an eye on early pregnancy and creating a safer, more inclusive emotional spaces for supporting women throughout every stage in a pregnancy. Check it out below and be sure to grab free illustrations here.

It was also very beautiful working on this special partnership as I'll be welcoming motherhood come April! I'm currently 16 weeks pregnant. Greg and I are very excited to welcome a baby girl into the world in the Spring (who run the world?). 

This is my first child and wasn't exactly part of the plan. But sometimes life's plans for us are better than we could imagine. I have no idea what I'm doing but I'm SO grateful to be surrounded by a loving, supportive community of folks who will help us along the journey. Thank you for your kind words that have already poured in and the love and support. I'm excited to share this journey with my community. 

DAY OF THE GIRL #POWERofFIRSTs COLLABORATION

October 11th was #DayoftheGirl and I was honored to collaborate with the first-ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, Amanda Gorman, and artist Sabrina Epstein, in a illustrated poetry series in partnership with She's The First. 

She's The First supports girls who will be the first in their families to graduate high school and trains students everywhere to be global citizens. When a girl is the first in her family to graduate, it alters the course of her life and impacts generations to come. Her potential is UNLEASHED.

The campaign's hashtag #PowerofFirsts seeks to highlight the resilience of girls and women worldwide. Scroll through to enjoy the full poem. I also encourage you to make a donation in support of STF's advocacy work at: shesthefirst.org/donate

World breastfeeding week collaboration with Melinda Gates

I was honored to collaborate with Melinda Gates in August on an illustrated series for World Breastfeeding Week. I learned so much throughout this project and to my friends who are mothers—thank you for lamenting, laughing, crying, and sharing your uniquely beautiful stories of motherhood with me. WOMEN ARE INCREDIBLE and providing support for motherhood and parenthood is vital to the health of our communities.

The illustrative campaign provided significant discourse across social media and the web. Do we really understand, as a society, what our mothers go through in nourishing and supporting new life? Are we creating policy, public spaces, workplaces and creating company cultures that are inclusive of parenthood, and specifically, of mothers with newborns? 

Throughout the advocacy week, Melinda and I shared different scenarios highlighting the struggle, the joy, and the humor of motherhood. She also shared her personal experience and perspective on breastfeeding with Refinery 29 too–click here to read. Check out the illustrations from the campaign below. It's been one of my favorite campaigns yet! I'd love to continue the conversation too. Share your insight as mama below!