Each month we like to feature someone in the baby industry that we admire. Someone that is doing great things and making a splash! We think you're really going to enjoy this month's feature, January Harshe of Birth Without Fear. It's an amazing blog that's all about inspiration and support for women and their families through trying to conceive, pregnancy, birth and post partum journeys. We hope you enjoy this one!
January, the face behind Birth Without Fear, is passionate about many topics, but is most noteably known for supporting birth. She lives in Texas and loves it! January has 6 children ages 11, 9, 7, 5, 4 and 2 months!
January has been birthing herself since 2003. She begin Birth Without Fear in May 2010 and started Birth Without Fear Events in January 2014.
Her own births sparked her passion for birth. Specifically, the growth and experiences January had with two cesareans, then VBACs. She wanted to inform and support other women in options and choices in birth. It grew from there.
January has moments on a daily basis that blow her away, give her chills, and make her proud. It's never ending. So many connections are made, friendships started and cultivated, healing takes place, women feeling informed, supported, and loved. Doing events, speaking, and talking to moms one on one is incredible! The people January meets and experiences she has are such a blessing. Something that was incredible for January was being featured on Huffington Post.
The biggest hurdle she's come to see is women need to love and care for themselves. There is a big movement in body positivity, but it goes deeper than that. If a woman has confidence in who she is and her choices, she will stand her ground in what she feels is best for her. She will hire care providers that support and respect her. She will fire providers who don't. She will uplift and support women around her more. January thinks how we feel about ourselves is a core issue that is overlooked greatly!
Her plans and goals are always to support women and take care of her family. How she does that is always evolving!
Speaking of being featured in Huffington Post, 4th Trimester Bodies Project is an incredible project that January is also passionate about. Ashlee Jackson and Laura Wilson are doing incredible work with women showing them it's OK to process, heal, and love themselves. For January personally, she participated at the height of learning to accept her own body, which led to an amazing response when she shared publicly. It also (unknown at the time of the photo shoot) captured the beginning of January's last pregnancy.
Her favorite non profit would be Still Birthday. They do work that is greatly needed and not easy to cultivate. Heidi Faith (founder) is one of the most genuine people January has ever met. You can visit their site for more information.
We asked January what product in the baby industry that she could not live without. She said, "Does Netflix count?" After a pause, she decided that after all the needed things (diapers, car seat, etc.), she would pick swaddle blankets. :)
Please post a comment if you have had any experience with January Harshe & Birth Without Fear!
If you would like to learn more about January Harshe and Birth Without Fear, visit her websites www.Birthwithoutfear.com or www.JanuaryHarshe.com or check out her facebook page!
4 thoughts on “Interview with January Harshe a.k.a. Birth Without Fear”
I found birth without fear blog in 2013 when I was researching for my first birth. At the time I was super judgey and only wanted to read about unmedicated births, so I wasn’t initially a fan. I ended up reading almost all of the birth stories on the page because they were captivating. The BWF blog slowly changed my thinking about birth. When I had to transfer to the hospital in labor, I opted for an epidural and felt no guilt or shame. I am so thankful for January and her hard work!
As a young mother(21) of two beautiful babies, January and BWF is the reason my second birth was informed, empowered, and exactly what I wanted!!(intervention free) she has moved me in more ways than one in terms of pregnancy, birth, motherhood, family life, love/marriage, self care, ect. the list of amazing things this woman embodies goes on! With the waves she has made in all areas of womanhood she could be featured every month for the next year! Much love?
January and her wondeful blog/website are the reason why I was comfortable enough to have my second and third babies at home with a midwife,ninstead of repeating the not so fantastic experience of the hospital birth I had with my first. I had the pleasure of meeting January in Portland last year and she was so gracious and sweet when I thanked her and hugged her and ended up crying all over her because of the huge difference she made in my birthing experience. I can’t wait to attend her Birth Without Fear event in Portland in a couple more weeks! It can’t get here soon enough!!!
I’ve been lucky enough to have been one of many to be moved, inspired & empowered by this lovely woman for 4 years now. She is the driving force behind my husband coming to the realization that home birth can be safe and that it was the right choice for us when we gave birth to the last of our 4 boys. She’s making big waves and she is changing the way women view themselves and their bodies, lives and other women