This Ad Campaign Celebrating Postpartum Bodies Should Be Happening All Around The World

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I remember the first time I really looked at myself after giving birth to my fourth son. It was an accident; I had been avoiding cameras and mirrors for the first week when I happened upon a surprise mirror in my mom’s washroom. After taking a bath. In the nude. In that moment I didn’t see myself as this powerful being who brought new life into the world, I just saw that I was wrong, all wrong. This happens all too often to women after they give birth, and there’s a new campaign celebrating postpartum bodies that will hopefully help women, like myself, embrace everything they have accomplished by giving birth.

Parenting retailer Mothercare, based in the United Kingdom, recently commissioned research to get a better grasp on how women really view their bodies postpartum. Although we live in a world of increased body positivity and acceptance, does this actually help the individual or is it more of a sense of an overall shift in the group narrative? Sadly, it looks as though it’s the latter.

Mothercare’s research suggests, according to CNN, that a full 80 percent of new mothers in the United Kingdom are still comparing their bodies to those they see in the media, which is giving them unrealistic goals. Because of this, according to a press release, 51 percent of moms admit they use apps and filters on social media to change the way they look because they’re unhappy with their appearance.

And Mothercare hopes to change all of that with a brilliant ad campaign featuring real postpartum bodies.

Courtesy of Mothercare

Courtesy of Mothercare

Courtesy of Mothercare

This campaign features 10 new moms and is called Body Proud Mumsor #BodyProudMums if you want to follow it on social media.

The aim is to highlight actual postpartum bodies and represent the reality of giving birth in a way that is almost never seen in the media.

Courtesy of Mothercare

Courtesy of Mothercare

Courtesy of Mothercare

Psychologist and author, Linda Papadopulous, noted that proper representation could go a long way in encouraging new moms to embrace the bodies they have.

“In the new media world that we live in our perceptions of how we think we should look may not be healthy, achievable or right for a particular individual,” Papadopulous was quoted in Mothercare’s press release. “This campaign hopes to reduce some of the pressures that new mums [may be] feeling by celebrating the body changes that come with motherhood rather than trying to edit them out.”

Papadopulous added, “Very often, we end up showing compassion to others that we simply can’t show to ourselves when it comes to how we feel about our bodies.”

Courtesy of Mothercare

Courtesy of Mothercare

Courtesy of Mothercare

Courtesy of Mothercare

Posters have been put up all over London, England on buses and in train stations, according to HuffPostUK, and it appears as though the campaign is already being met with loads of approval.

“I love #BodyProudMums@mothercareuk,” one person tweeted on Wednesday. “Everytime [sic] I see the marks and scar in my body, It reminds me of the surgery and how I fight with the recovery. However, It also reminds me of the loves and the miracles.”

I love @mothercareuk ❣️ Everytime I see the marks and scar in my body, It reminds me of the surgery and how I fight with the recovery. However, It also reminds me of the loves and the miracles

Another said, “Can we take a moment to applaud @mothercareuk@mothercareirl for their #BodyProudMums campaign.”

campaign 🙌 Becoming a Mum is hard enough without feeling like you need to bounce back to your pre baby shape within weeks or months.

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Healing from a toxic relationship

Happy Moon Day all! So I’m well on my way with this healing journey of mine. Let me tell you. Partnering with someone who has (what we in the West would call) mental health challenges is no joke especially when it feels as if the symptoms have shown up suddenly.  In my case I quickly started to ask myself about how I could’ve missed the signs. Hmmm. As time went on I wondered. Is this bipolar, narcissism, manic depression, personality disorder, schizophrenia or some combination of these?  If you’ve been through something like this you may find some things helpful. They’re all part of my journey.  Counselling, yoga, quiet time, confiding in a few close friends, reiki, celibacy, power walking, reading books like the following:

https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Pampering-Principles-African-American-Self-care/dp/0688163475

These resources are awesome too:

Home

http://www.susunweed.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lovingmeafterwe/

Oct.29-Nov.2: Don’t be afraid to reclaim it

Do what speaks to you and your family.
As long as our movements are positive it’s all good!
 
NOTE: Interested in learning about other ways folks honour ancestors? https://theculturetrip.com/africa/articles/10-ways-to-honor-the-dead-around-the-world/

Our mental health: Solutions

Everyone is different and solutions are in many ways personalized. There are same basics that can help though. Homeopathy, nutritional therapies, Ayurveda, reiki, magnet therapy, acupuncture, orthomolecular medicine, yoga/meditation can help. At the very least a healthy diet, consistent aerobic exercise, a regular sleep schedule  can greatly assist anyone who has mental health challenges. Ultimately a multi-tiered approach may be best for most folks.  

http://www.bipolar-lives.com/natural-treatments-for-bipolar-disorder.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/bipolar-disorder/alternative-treatments#fish-oil

http://www.balancingbrainchemistry.co.uk/peter-smith/12/Bipolar-Treatment-Naturally-Without–Drugs/Treating-Bipolar-with-Natural-Treatments-INTRODUCTION.html

https://www.everydayhealth.com/bipolar-disorder/alternative-treatments-for-bipolar-disorder.aspx

https://www.curesdecoded.com/conditions/borderline-personality-disorder-bpd/34

The Shamanic View of ‘Mental Illness’: Birth of a Healer

Let’s get some things straight about Atlantis

Get this. Europeans have a habit of plagiarizing, lying and more. This is FACT. That being said don’t disrespect our ancient melanated ancestors by buying all the racist hype out here about Atlantis and Atlanteans! DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. MAKE SURE YOU CROSS-REFERENCE THINGS. CHECK YOUR SOURCES!! 

 

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2018/09/is-this-atlantis-hiding-in-plain-sight-in-the-sahara.html

ghttps://hyperallergic.com/470795/pseudoarchaeology-and-the-racism-behind-ancient-aliens/

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/technology/science/the-legend-of-atlantis-has-a-dark-terrible-history/news-story/f1271c561661a8937faafed6e4f6f452

So… even if you feel that Atlantis did (or still does) exist  please give full credit to us, African people, for it. No melanin-deficient beings or aliens created the pyramids, any “lost” underwater cities and so on. Come on! Wake the heck up! We are the original creators on this planet called Earth. Us in our highest form. 

Learn & grow

Just starting out on your journey? If so studying is critical.  Looking for resources on male-female relationships? Mwalimu Baruti,  Malidoma & Sobonfu Some’ have some awesome books.  Health & nutrition? Think: Queen Afua, Jewel Pookrum , Dr. Muata Ashby &  Dr. Llaila Afrika. A brother I know recommends the following:

THE CAUSE OF OUR CONDITION

1. The West and the Rest of Us (Chinweizu)
2. Decolonizing the African Mind (Chinweizu)
3. The African Slave Trade (Basil Davidson)
4. Capitalism & Slavery (Eric Williams)
5. Yurugu (Marimba Ani)
6. How Europe Undervalued Africa (Walter Rodney)
7. A Political Economy of Africa (Claude Ake)

OUR HISTORY FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE

8. The Destruction of Black Civilisation (Chancellor Williams)
9. Black Man of the Nile and His Family (Yosef ben Jochannan)
10. The Black Jacobins (C L R James)
11. The Cultural Unity of Black Africa (Cheikh Anta Diop)
12. The African Origin of Civilisation (Cheikh Anta Diop)
13. Readings in Pre-Colonial Central Africa (Theophile Obenga)
14. When we Ruled (Robin Walker)

OUR PHILOSOPHY IN FOCUS

15. The Husia (Maulana Karenga)
16. Odu Ifa (Maulana Karenga)
17. African Philosophy: The Pharaonic Period (Theophile Obenga)
18. An Essay on African Philosophical Thought (Kwame Gyekye)
19. Cultural Universals and Particulars (Kwasi Wiredu)
20. Self and Community in a Changing World (D A Masolo)
21. Oludumare: God in Yoruba Belief (E Bolaji Idowu)
22. The Philsophy & Opinions of Marcus Garvey (Amy Jacques Garvey)
23. Foundations of African Thought (Chukwunyere Kamalu)

A FURTHER LOOK AT SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION

24. Decolonizing African Religions (Okot p’Bitek)
25. Conversations with Ogotemmeli (Marcel Griaule)
26. African Religions & Philosophy (John Mbiti)
27. Creole Religions of the Caribbean (Olmos, Paravisini-Gebert)

AESTHETICS/NOVELS

28. Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali (D T Niane)
29. God’s Bits of Wood (Sembene Ousmane)
30. The Concubine (Elechi Amadi)
31. The Palm Wine Drinkard (Amos Tutuola)
32. Two Thousand Seasons (Ayi Kwei Armah)
33. The Healers (Ayi Kwei Armah)
34. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
35. Devil on the Cross (Ngugi wa Thiongo)
36. Matigari (Ngugi wa Thiongo)
37. Wizard of the Crow (Ngugi wa Thiongo)
38. The Lunatic (Anthony Winkler)
39. The Duppy (Anthony Winkler)
40. Song of Lawino / Song of Ocol (Okot p’Bitek)

SOME RESPONSES TO OUR CONDITION:

41. Unity and Struggle (Amilcar Cabral)
42. I Write What I Like (Steve Biko)
43. Stokely Speaks (Kwame Ture)
44. On African Socialism (Leopold Senghor)
45. The Wretched of the Earth (Franz Fanon)
46. Blueprint for Black Power (Amos Wilson)

A FEW OTHERS:

47. The Coloniser the Colonised (Albert Memmi)
48. Class Struggle in Africa (Kwame Nkrumah)
49. Neo-Colonialism, The Last Stage of Imperialism (Kwame Nkrumah)
50. Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Basis… (Cheikh Anta Diop)
51. African Perspectives on Colonialism (A Adu Boahen)
52. Anatomy of Female Power (Chinweizu)

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