This week, we caught up with Dr Mahima Bakshi who has been working tirelessly in the space of natural deliveries and through her writing and her work is all set to popularize the concept of Birthing Naturally. She has authored a book on the subject and has also conceptualized a beauty pageant around the concept.
What inspired you to write the book Birthing Naturally ?
I always felt that the prevalence of C sections was going high in our country and hence wanted to bring back the awareness on promoting Natural deliveries . My book Birthing Naturally is all about pregnancy wellness to help a couple prepare themselves for a healthy pregnancy and a natural childbirth. It also has the Fourth trimester that talks about how can couples manage the early three months after having a baby. The book is to inspire couples to be , to take care of their lifestyle and plan for a natural childbirth or if not then have a body that is prepared to have early recovery after a c section.
How did the pageant Birthing Naturally Queen start ?
As COVID 19 started and we all went under a lockdown , the prevalence for Pre and Postpartum depression also went up. Pregnant and new moms were not allowed to step out due to the fear of catching COVID infection that could be harmful which led to a lot of social disconnect and affected the mental health for many mothers. Hence to help these moms stimulate their happy hormones and to create awareness on maternal mental health, I decided to start India’s first online pageant with pregnant and new moms celebrating the 1000 days of perinatal period.
Tell us about your Birthing Naturally Queen calendar.
As an extension of my pageant and to help these moms feel good about themselves, I started Birthing Naturally Queen calendar which was shot with pregnant and new moms from Delhi, Haryana and Maharashtra, who were chosen from the season 1 of Birthing Naturally Queen- Spreading Smiles from Pregnancy to Motherhood. These calendar moms are my ambassadors to help us in spreading these smiles to other pregnant and new moms around us to promote awareness on maternal mental health.
Happy Moms make Happy babies.
Any Plans for season 2 ?
Yes, with my next season we go international. As I was born and rasied in Africa, hence from India , I would like to continue Spreading Smiles From Pregnancy to Motherhood till the African Continent. So after successfully completing season 1 as Indian Chapter , season 2 would be hosted as an online pageant with African Moms. We are collaborating with Hospitals from Nigeria, Ethipoia, Sudan, Maurituis, Kenya, Tanzania , Botswana and South Africa. Season 2 – African Chapter will bring many global personalities on board to help us promote awareness on maternal mental health.
‘Let’s together continue helping moms enjoy and celebrate every day of their pregnancy and early motherhood as an empowered mom- a BNQ Mom !! ‘
Dr Mahima Bakshi – Founder Owner – Birthing Naturally Queen, Author – Birthing Naturally. To learn more, visit her website Birthing Naturally Queen.
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