Bachelor alum Bekah Martinez just gave birth to her son with boyfriend Grayston Leonard. The two share a daughter, Ruth, and now Frank. But, even with their own children they are thinking about potential options in the future.
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TODAY’S MY DUE DATE and I really think this could be our last photo together before she’s officially a big sister 🥺 I don’t wanna jinx anything, but I woke up around 6am this morning with cramping every 10-15 minutes and pink mucus + some fluid (TMI, but whatever) which were the exact symptoms I had last time going into labor!! She was born within 36 hours🤞🏼 . Gray’s mama is picking up Ruth now and my parents are driving down from Fresno. So…the waiting game begins 😬 Any guesses on day/time of birth and weight??
Bekah and Grayston talk about adoption
Helping children in need seems to be something Bekah feels strongly about. US Weekly shares what Bekah is thinking about children in the future. During a recent Instagram Story Bekah was asked by a fan if she had ever considered adoption.
Bekah replied she actually had considered it. She went on to say Grayston has family who was adopted and so that is something they are definitely considering. She said, “Gray has multiple close family members who are adopted, so he’s definitely open to it and I am as well.”
Bekah also said she is interested in fostering children. She said, “We are also interested in fostering — I was actually signed up for a potential foster parent intro class when I found out I was pregnant with Frank! So we decided to put that on hold.”
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Today I’m sharing Franklin’s birth story on the podcast. ♥️ While the experience was euphoric/joyful/beautiful/everything I wanted it to be, my heart is heavy. Heavy because birthing as a white woman is a privilege in and of itself— my baby and I are statistically so much safer— but I am SO privileged to be wealthy and healthy enough to birth in the comfort of my home, surrounded by tender and compassionate care. The infant mortality rate for babies of Black mothers is double the rate of babies born to white mothers. According to the CDC, Black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health. In 2017 in NYC, Black women were TWELVE times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes. Before you cite poverty/education as the reason (which is still a racism-related cause), a 2016 analysis found that black, college-educated mothers who gave birth in local hospitals were more likely to suffer severe complications of pregnancy or childbirth than white women who never graduated from high school. According to national surveys, half of white medical trainees believe such myths as black people have thicker skin or less sensitive nerve endings than white people. A Fundamentals of Nursing textbook (published in 2017) stated “Blacks often report higher pain intensity than other cultures”. Another study revealed that Black patients were 22% less likely than white patients to receive pain medication. Where does this end? When will it stop? Black women deserve compassionate care. Safe pregnancy and birth is a privilege. A home birth with a midwife who is the same color as me is a huge privilege. Black midwives once birthed our nation. Now they make up 1-2% of our nation’s midwives. We must give Black women the power to birth safely and peacefully. If you have the capacity to give financially, please consider supporting Black birth workers. A fund will be linked in my bio. @chattybroads will be matching up to $4k in donations, and I will also be personally matching $4k in donations. EVERY amount helps. Thank you ♥️ #BlackBirthMatters Photos by @laurenguilfordbirths
She previously revealed wanting a big family
Previously, Bekah as expressed that she would like to have five or six kids. However, it looks like it will be a bit before that dream becomes reality. Bekah said she is taking a pregnancy break and strongly considering opting for an IUD. She said, “The pull-out method doesn’t seem to be the best for us.”
Bekah and Grayston discovered they were going to be parents just three months after starting to date. After Ruth was born, it was only nine months later they would discover she was expecting again.
Their son was born June 19. She had a home birth for the second time. After his birth she shared a photo on Instagram. Bekah said, “He’s. HERE. ♥️ Born blissfully in our living room at 2:52am, June 19th. 7lbs, 8oz.” It took five days following his birth, but they finally decided on a name for their son. They chose Franklin James for his name.
Bekah is passionate about her family. She shares her life with fans on social media and she keeps it real. Bekah isn’t afraid to show it all, literally. She has shared photos of breastfeeding both of her children at the same time and fans adore her for being herself. She says what she thinks and could care less what others think about it. Life seems to be good for Bekah and fans can’t wait to see where her journey leads her next. She is definitely rocking the mom life.
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