In the process of becoming a mother we walk through a portal of transition; we leave the familiar and step in to the unknown. In many ways the contraction and expansion that happens during labor begins on an emotional level when the mother prepares and becomes pregnant. Each stage bringing on a new emotional and physical sensation and path to navigate. There are both breaking points and strengthening points, we fall apart and build ourselves back stronger and wiser than before. We are not meant to journey on this path alone. Ideally, we would surround ourselves with mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and women of the community who offer support, comfort, advice and understanding of our ups and down as we navigate motherhood.