Mother, Student, Athlete: Western Michigan University basketball senior takes on motherhood By: Alyssa Carroll

Breanna Mobley was a Western Michigan University women's basketball player going into her senior year, fall 2018. Before the season began, Mobley planned on having her uterus removed due to polycystic ovary syndrome. That all changed on August 4, 2018, when, at a doctors appointment before surgery, Mobley found out she was pregnant. This turning point meant that the student-athlete would add mother to her hyphenated description. According to NCAA Pregnant and Parenting Student Athletes Resource, pregnancy rates for student athletes is between 10 to 15%. "My whole world was altered," said Mobley, 22. "I'm looking forward to showing mothers that they can get through anything. Having a kid won't stop anything." Mobley will return to the court in the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Mobley schedules her day around her daughter, Aubree, who is five months and beginning to crawl. "I have a full-time nanny who really helps me, but I come home on all my breaks even if it's just to see her for a couple minutes," said Mobley.
A monthly calendar that organizes workouts and practices is placed on her wall for herself and her nanny to follow. "Time management and organization is everything to me now," said Mobley.
Mobley and Reilly Jacobson, 22, a WMU junior, focus on upper body and core strength during Mobley's return. "She's going to come back better. Her mindset is really strong now," said Jacobson.
Mobley graduated from Western Michigan University spring 2019. Now she focuses on graduate school with her daughter by her side.
Mobley and Aubree. "My parents have always been my biggest fans, but Aubree has them beat now," said Mobley.
Mobley and Aubree suit up for team picture day. She is now a redshirt senior and will return to the court in the 2019-2020 season. Photo taken by Western Michigan University Athletics.
Mobley and Frank Mobley, father and personal trainer, 50, prepare for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. "I knew it was going to be a challenge, but i've seen her face many challenges," said Frank Mobley.
Mobley breastfeeds multiple times a day to provide for her daughter. "Breastfeeding is really hard and makes me so tired. But if it's for her, I'll do it," said Mobley.