May Babes began out of necessity.
After changing providers at 35 weeks in the effort to attempt a VBAC, I was successful in that endeavor. But what I did not plan was the recovery post 3.5 hours of pushing and a vacuum assist. I'd already weathered the storm of recovery from an emergency cesarean from my first child's birth, only to fight hard for a VBAC that was an equally difficult healing process.
When I couldn't wear my normal leggings without endless layers (either disposable underwear or granny panties) and bunching and multiple seams and moving parts, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I sewed the very first hammock into my leggings and never looked back.
As I transitioned into active motherhood with two children I realized that I needed the leggings for more than just postpartum bleeding. An example of this is during my period I wear a pad at night, and my underwear failed me by not holding a pad close to my body.
How could it be that babies are birthed everyday, and yet innovation in the maternity and postpartum realm is nearly non existent?
It set me on a course of design and patenting (also mistakes, hiccups, huge hills to climb and a fighting for something that only few believed in) only a month after my second child was born in 2018, now almost three years ago.
Those that bring life into the world are all but forgotten as soon as the birth ends. Postpartum check ups are a quick visit (at SIX weeks!) and pelvic floor physical therapy reserved for only those with disfunction. I hate that word, by the way. Variations of function is better. Because we do not make sure there is baseline prior to huge life events such as pregnancy, how are we to know where we started? I want for every birthing body to be active, to find intentional movement they enjoy, freedom in the moments of clarity that come from long walks, hard runs or uninhibited dancing. The thoughts that settle during sunrise or evening rides on their horse (that is my personal choice). Things aside from your family that make your heart skip a beat.
Thankfully the tide is beginning to change and more options are available to those who need more than what has been deemed acceptable in the past. Whether it is standard of care, or apparel, I believe that the future of apparel for bodies that birth is here. And it isn't going anywhere.
xEm, Founder May Babes