Words: Beth Fuller
With more women’s voices being heard in society, womanhood is becoming an honest and representative conversation. However, there are still individuals excluded form the homogenous idea of women we encounter in topics such as sex, pregnancy, motherhood and more.
As a woman that has experienced pregnancy three times, Christa Couture decided to create the pregnancy photos she was struggling to find: disabled pregnancy images. The ‘singer, songwriter, storyteller, cyborg’ decided to give women the representation that was missing in the pregnancy conversation herself; she soon became a viral sensation.
We sat down with Couture to find out more about her experience in pregnancy, what she thinks of the conversation at present and her hopes the representation of women with disabilities.
SO IMPORTANT. Thank you and congratulations to @christacouture ——“I Couldn’t Find Any Disability Maternity Photos, So I Made My Own: …..I hope that the next person to do an image search for “disability and pregnancy” finds these photos and feels empowered by them. I hope they know: your difference is powerful, beautiful. And being a parent? You can do it. Go get all glowy with your pregnant self, whatever body you’re in.” ———————————————— I really loved this article featuring Christa. When I talk about representation THIS is what I mean. Not the vain need to see people like you in Magazine but knowing there are people like you doing things or living a life that you are constantly (subliminally or not ) told you can’t. I’m glad there are people out there showing that these things are reachable and just as they are the norm for a handful they should be for all. Imagine more portrayals of woman bosses, trans women, girls in STEM, Black in tech, middle eastern playing a role that’s not a terrorist, big women as the love Interest in your favorite sitcom but also in those steamy sex scenes.(& the list goes on) These images and stories are important they are shaping tomorrow’s society. #mamacax #bionicmommy 📷: @jensquiresphotographer [image description: pregnant woman against white backdrop standing profile with left prosthetic leg closer to the camera. She’s wearing beige pantie and a flowery crop top that matches Her flowery prosthetic thigh.] __________________________________________________________
Before we get into chatting about your incredible achievements so far, it would be lovely for our readers to hear a little bit about you first; how old are you? Where are you from? What spurred you to have the career you have created for yourself today?
I’m 39 and currently live in Toronto (having grown up in Edmonton, Alberta, and then spent 18 years in Vancouver, B.C.). My career path has been circuitous and so it’s hard to say what spurred it! After high school, I went to film school and worked in documentary television production for ten years. Concurrently, I began playing guitar, piano, and writing songs. I started taking fewer contracts in tv production and playing more shows — by the time my third album came out, I was a full-time musician. And then in the last couple of years, have decided to take a break from touring. I’m also a writer, a community arts organizer and programmer, and a mom.
Thank you to everyone who has shared the preggo photos and essay on CBC Parents, who has messaged me, sent their stories and pictures to me, asked to talk to me… that this has spread so far tells me we ALL want and need to see difference in representation, no matter what body we’re in. Thank you as ever to @jensquiresphotographer — her artistry and talent made these photos powerful and beautiful too, and I felt so at ease with her in something that was a little scary — as you can see by this smile! #stumplove #disability #limbdifferenceawarenessmonth #pregnancy