Summer Sebastian's pregnancy blog is a little different than what's conventionally out there. Amid an ultrasound photo, descriptions of her hormonal changes and pregnancy sex tips is a strong message: "I want to make a statement that supports the right of a woman to choose … to work as a prostitute while pregnant! I mean, for so many of you that know me, would you expect anything else?"
Sebastian, who is in her second trimester, plans on continuing her work at the Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada, until she gives birth.
In the blog she writes, "I thought my move from Palm Beach Florida to here in Nevada had just really kicked my ass because a deep feeling of fatigue just totally took over." But the 30-year-old tells Broadly that three months ago, she was worried she developed cancer and says she has cancer history. After spending about $600 on blood work, the doctor gave her the news: Turns out, she and her 70-year-old partner are having a baby!
"It actually never occurred to me that I would stop working at the Bunny Ranch while I was pregnant," she writes on the Bunny Ranch blog. Sebastian, who is already a mom to twin daughters, is hoping to finish her master's degree in forensic pathology and says she has less than four years left.
The mom gets that her sex work, especially during pregnancy, won't be well-received by many.
"If society already looks down on me for being a working girl (even though legal), you can imagine what they will probably think of a pregnant working girl! Even other working girls sometimes look down on pregnant working girls. But I’ve never been one to let myself be intimidated by what others thought," she writes.
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In 2008, another sex worker was the focus of wide public criticism when she began working at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch while 7 months pregnant and also blogged about the experience. Then 20-year-old Alana Love received a mixed bag of supportive messages as well as death threats online, vile behavior from clients and even mean comments from other sex workers.
Love appeared on the Tyra Banks Show and talked about the financial stresses that led her to the decision and how her family cut her out of her life because of that decision.
"So this is the only option to you? To be pregnant and to have sex for money?" the talk show host chastised. "That's the only option for you to support your child?"
Globally, the majority of female sex workers are mothers, and among them are shocking rates of maternal morbidity and mortality due to the lack of maternal and child health services. Worldwide, pregnant female sex workers are also subjected to violence by clients or forced to work until they go into labor and return within days or weeks of giving birth.
But for Sebastian, continuing her sex work while pregnant is a choice, and it adds a little more excitement to a job she already loves.