Plus Size Birth

Patient Leader

With 60% of women in their childbearing years being classified as overweight or obese, it’s time we start empowering rather than shaming women of size. Plus Size Birth educates women on how to have a healthy plus size pregnancy & positive birth experience. We encourage women to believe in the strength and beauty of their bodies. Our blog, Plus Size Mommy Memoirs, & Facebook page with over 169,400 followers, helps women navigate the world of plus size pregnancy & shares tips for embracing your body. The founder, Jen McLellan, is a childbirth educator, skilled skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, & mother to a charismatic 4 year old.

Location

Arvada, CO

Nominations

Best in Show: Community or Forum Best in Show: Facebook Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Blog

Finalist

Best Kept Secret Advocating for Another

I found Jen's Facebook after I had had my son and found so much love, knowledge and support. You can sense her love in her posts even though I've only ever 'experienced' her virtually. She is factual in supporting plus size pregnancy while still genuine and caring, putting a human face on a subject many can find oppressive and discouraging.  — Trista

Jennifer is a goddess at creating a safe, educational, and supportive space for plus size moms as they navigate the world of pregnancy and birth. She supports evidence based maternity care and body love for women of all shapes and sizes. Everything she does is so very important!  — Mclean

Jen has worked hard to advocate an educate health care professionals an woman of the ability of a plus size mom to have a normal healthy pregnancy an birth despite the size of the woman. She has given a place to come together to get information an support that was lacking before she started her hard work.  — Tiffany

JENN is one of my heros. When I was pregnant with my son I was told my body was flawed, and was told I was too overweight to have a natural birth and I needed a c-section. I found Jenn during my pregnancy and everything changed. She taught me my body isn't broken. I went on to have TWO natural births and I am now a confident proud mommy of 2 kids ♡  — Azaria

Jen has been working tirelessly, mostly without pay, to advocate for plus size women having better birth outcomes. She has touched thousands of women who are part of a population that is usually untouchable. Her work makes a difference to women, their partners, their babies, and their lives every day.  — Ann

Everyone deserves compassionate, empowering, factual, pregnancy/birth/family care and education.  — Hana

I am a fellow plus size mommy who was abused by a medical professional for being obese while pregnant. Jennifer encouraged me to share my story, to embrace my body and to believe in myself again. She is also now teaching professionals how to interact with curvy mamas to reduce unnecessary interventions, to raise awareness and create support!  — Ashley

Jen is a huge inspiration in the birthing community - raising awareness for plus size birthing rights, options, and most of all equality. I was treated badly by a provider myself strictly because of a number on a scale during my last pregnancy because of that doctor's incorrect information. We're so thankful for all her hard work!  — Jennifer

Jen McLellan has provided a voice to the large, but often ignored group of women who are plus size mothers. She works tirelessly to provide accurate information and support to them. Doctors too often give wrong information and make plus size mothers feel terrible about their bodies and their pregnancies. Jen is working so hard to change that!

Jen McLellan has provided a voice to the large, but often ignored group of women who are plus size mothers. She works tirelessly to provide accurate information and support to them. Her Facebook forum is a safe place for women to go for support, care, and understanding from thousands across the globe who understand the struggle and the joys.

Jen spends so much time advocating for women!! She is raising awareness for a very large group of women who are being shamed, missing out on the joys of pregnancy, and are not getting proper care due to weight. Jen is relentless in her mission to make pregnancy and child-birth a normal, healthy, supportive and fun experience for overweight women!  — Karen

Jen runs an amazing facebook group where women of size can UNITE!! It's supportive, loving and so much fun!! Many of these women would be so lost without Jen and the facebook group she runs! :)

Jen truly is a HERO! She is paving the way for plus size mommys everywhere!! No longer do we have to feel ashamed or incapable because of our size!! Jen has shown us the light....we are plus size and WE CAN DO IT too!!!!!

She is very supportive and knowledgeable about plus size health issues. Her blog is a great source for information and support.  — Jami

Jen McClellan of Plus Size Birth and Plus Size Mommy Memoirs has been an amazing voice for plus-sized mommies and mommies to be. I was terrified that because of my size, my body was broken and I wouldn't be able to handle this pregnancy and labor. Thanks to the resources provided by Jen, I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and can't wait to deliver!  — Rachel

Jen does such amazing, important work. There's a reason she has over 165,000 LIKERS on Facebook. Very few people have a voice like Jen's. She is the voice of plus size women who want to receive compassionate care. Often plus size women are treated very poorly by medical professionals - Jen teaches all of us how to receive the care we all deserve.  — Chrystal

Jenn is a huge inspiration. We met a year ago and I was instantly able to see how passionate she is about her cause. She carries herself with such confidence and is determined to help plus-size moms everywhere embrace their bodies and be proud of who they are. Jenn is a warm, caring, positive person. Love her attitude, hard work and determination

I nominate Plus Size Birth because Jen is an advocate as well as a place for education and information for mothers everywhere. She offers childbirth education, doula connections, and a great many other resources to woman and she relates real life experiences along the way.

Plus Size Birth

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