Woke Mama: Courtney

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Want to know WTF a Woke Mama is? Each week, we’re introducing awesome women who are making the world a kinder place, one happy baby at a time.

Name & age: Courtney, 28

Kids: Skyy Lotus, 3 weeks, Mari D, 10, Khalp Amir, 6 and MJ 7

What does being a woke mama mean to you?

Being a woke mother means I’m consciously aware of everything around me and who I need to be in order for my seeds to prosper as well, without any unwarranted detours.

It’s a lifestyle not a definition.

I often wonder why it has become a norm, especially in our community, for black mothers not to breastfeed — and it wasn’t until recently when I started my journey to become a Doula that it was oh so clear as to why we as black mothers don’t or just simply won’t breastfeed.

The lack of knowledge, proactive teaching, voices and encouragement is just not there.

We aren’t taught that it’s vital for our brown babies to be nourished through our bodies or that we are stronger than we think we are. We aren’t shown that we can feed our babies rather than the alternative of formula feeding.

Me being a 28 year old mother, pro-black, pro natural living, holistic, vegetarian, breastfeeding queen is not what society says is the “norm”, but why can’t it be!

If there’s one thing I’d like to leave with knowing I’ve made sure to voice is that “we as black women are the most powerful creatures known: we are capable of all!”

We need more help, knowledge, and more importantly SUPPORT.

What made you choose gentle parenting? And what is your favourite aspect of it?

I chose gentle parenting so that the normal stereotype types could subside our sons are capable of loving and understanding and our daughters are able to give the same love and receive it without questioning it.

Teach your children to love and give love and they will.

Most awesome moment so far?

Giving birth to my daughter as a water birth.

Biggest struggle so far? How do you cope with stressful moments?

I have an amazing partner who is constantly making sure I’m ok and helping me when he notices I’m tired or stressed. He’s awesome.

Any advice you would give to new mums?

Don’t listen to everyone on how to raise your child; do what you feel is best.

What’s on your soundtrack to your first year of being a Woke Mama?

A little of everything …mostly ocean sounds.

Follow Courtney on Instagram — she makes organic beauty and well-being products and is also a Doula *sigh*

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