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An Undocumented Mother In Iowa Is Sharing Her Story Through A Podcast

Laura Rodriguez is an undocumented mother living in Iowa and she is sharing her experience. Rodriguez is sharing her life using one of the most popular forms of media right now: the podcast. “Undocumented Momhood” gives people a chance to listen to what her life is like.

Laura Rodriguez is using her podcast “Undocumented Momhood” to create a space for women like her to find community.

Rodriguez has been wanting to create a podcast of her experience for a long time coming. The mother realized that she was always outnumbered when she went to mommy classes and couldn’t connect with anyone. That frustration led to her wanting to create something people could relate to.

“I was 22 years old when I had the kids and I had zero community around me,” Rodriguez recalls in an interview. “I often attended ‘mom groups’ to try to find my people and little friends for the twins but it never worked. Luca, Azul and I were always the only Latinx (people) in the whole group. Often you could see the class difference because they made it obvious for you to see and feel. After a few of these uncomfortable visits and many cries later I decided to just focus on being home with just the babies.”

Rodriguez’s husband created Amplified DSM and gave her a chance to reach an audience and fully tell her story. She has long been out as an undocumented woman and it was the 2016 elections that convinced her to come out as undocumented. Her biggest reason to come out was to lead her children by example.

“I always spoke to my children about the importance of being yourself and I wasn’t being my fully honest self,” Rodriguez says. “I had this heavy weight over my shoulders about my legal status that had follow me since I was 14 years old. I wanted to be free. I wanted everyone to know that this insane label that was put on us ‘illegal immigrants’  was wrong. I will always fight for my undocumented community they are my biggest inspirations.”

Rodriguez wanted to include her kids in the podcast.

“Azul, Luca, and I have this incredible connection so I wanted to honor them by recording our first episode together because, well, one because they are the ones that made me a mother and it made sense but also becoming Luca and Azul’s mother literally save my life,” Rodriguez says. “From the point on, they have been my teachers, my constant inspiration to keep fighting and to keep living. Plus they are so funny and smart I love my children. They are so fun to have conversations with.”

She wants her podcast to help break down the stereotypes of undocumented people.

“I want people to take away that undocumented people also have their own stories,” Rodriguez says. “[They have] their own struggles as a parent as humans. We are not only a label. Even though it seems everything we do to make a living and take care of our families is illegal, it only is because of our government.”

Rodriguez wants people to know that undocumented people are contributing to their communities. They are opening businesses, starting families, and living in a place that they want to make better themselves.

The podcasting mother says that the future episodes will dive deeper into the reality of living life as an undocumented person in the U.S.

“In the coming episodes, the conversations switch from a cute chat with my kids to the reality of immigration or real talks about motherhood,” Rodriguez says. “[For] example, women not liking being pregnant, not liking breastfeeding, or mothers not feeling that deep connection. “We are going to touch on so many of those taboo topics. I’m extremely grateful for everyone that has listened.”

You can listen to Rodriguez at Amplified DSM.

READ: Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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9 Essential Items For First-Time Moms

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9 Essential Items For First-Time Moms

SERGIO FLORES / Contributor

With the quarantine baby boom, it’s likely that you’ve got at least one new mama on your Mother’s Day gift list this year! If you’re last minute shopping for the mamas in your life, we’ve got your back! Recently we checked in with the mitú staff about firs time mom essentials and got the best responses that were also pretty obvious.

Check them out below!

Burp Cloths

Grow by Gerber Store

Get them here for $9.99

Bibs

 Simka Rose Store

Get them here for $19.98

Pre-done Swaddles (featuring velcro)

upsimples Store

Get them here for $9.99

Windy

FridaBaby Store

Get it here for $12.74

Gloves for babies

American Trends

Get them here for $7.99

Diaper Geenie

GROWNSY Store

Get them here for $29.99

High Contrast Black and White Baby Books

Wee Gallery Store

Get some here for $15.99

Babysitter Giftcards

PickMe

Make your own!

Get materials here for $29.95

Snot Suckers

Watolt

Get them here for $39.99

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A Woman Who Didn’t Know She Was Pregnant Gave Birth 30,000 Ft In The Air On A Flight To Hawaii

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A Woman Who Didn’t Know She Was Pregnant Gave Birth 30,000 Ft In The Air On A Flight To Hawaii

Lavinia Mounga / Facebook

Lavinia Mounga definitely didn’t know she was pregnant. If she had, she likely would not have embarked on a flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu whereupon she would have given birth at 30,000ft.

Mounga was on a flight from Hawaii with her family last week when she started to have contractions.

The incredible in-flight labor was captured in a viral video TikTok video and showed Mounga giving birth mid-way through the six-hour flight.

Fortunately, three neonatal intensive care unit nurses were present on the flight. There was also a physician’s assistant and a family doctor who helped deliver the baby in the plane bathroom.

When the plane landed in Honolulu an emergency medical service crew transported the baby and the new mother to hospital. The baby boy was named Raymond Kaimana Wade Kobe Lavaki Mounga, and is being described as “miracle” by family.

Because he was born premature at just 26 or 27 weeks, Raymond remains in the hospital.

Dale Glenn, a family physician helped the nurses to keep the newborn safe.

“None of the equipment we have was suitable for a premature baby, and this baby was born at 29 weeks instead of the normal 40 weeks, right?” Dr. Glenn explained in an recent interview with KHON2. “So we made baby warmers out of bottles that were microwaved. We used an Apple Watch to measure the heart rate.”

“I don’t know if the public really realizes that actually some women just don’t know they’re pregnant, and especially early in the pregnancy where the baby isn’t very large, and a woman has a history of irregular menstrual cycles,” Dr. Glenn went onto explain. “They are some women who just don’t realize they’re carrying something. So when this patient got on the plane, she honestly did not know she was pregnant.”

About giving birth, Mounga tweeted “Overwhelmed in the best ways.”

A passenger on the flight shared footage of the moment the flight’s cabin found out about the birth mid-flight and burst into applause.

Baby born on flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu
The couple were completely surprised by their mid-air arrival (Image: Facebook)

Julia Hansen was traveling with her friend on the flight Thursday and was seated next to Mounga’s father who said his daughter had no idea she was pregnant.

Hansen’s TikTok video, which has garnered over one million views, showed a cabin crew manager announcing “As most of you have probably heard, we just had a child birth on the aircraft, let’s have a nice round of applause for the mother. Congratulations.”

The passengers could be seen and heard clapping and cheering for the new mother.

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