Woke Mama: Dani

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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: Danielle, 26

Baby: Inayah/Ina, 6 months

What does being a woke mama mean to you?

It means I am consciously doing what is best for my baby’s health, well being and growth!

She is my world and I want her to have the most natural, gentle upbringing.

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

It was mainly intuitive. As soon as I was pregnant I just had a feeling that I wanted to birth naturally. I decided against vaccinations and hospital intervention.

And then when the time came I had my unassisted free birth at home which was just magical! I wish all Mothers to be would do it.

Most awesome moment so far?

Ina’s first laugh was just so amazing. She’s belly laughed every day since.

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

Teething! We have struggled with it for months and I have tried everything from amber beads, teething crystals and gels, cold toys, you name it. It’s just something we deal with day by day. Good days and bad days!

How do you juggle work with gentle parenting?

I’m currently looking for self-employed ways to make money as I can’t see myself working anytime soon. The thought of it is scary, leaving her seems ridiculous to me right now.

Any advice you would give to new mums?

Trust your instincts and don’t listen to old fashioned advice. Also, if you can breastfeed, do it, 24/7! And don’t worry about it! Nourish your little one.

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

Lots of India Arie, Jessie Ware, oh and Mabel’s new track is a fave too.

Last word: I love what Woke Mamas is doing and fully support other mums on this journey! It’s tough but it’s so rewarding too.

You can follow the beautiful Dani on Instagram

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