Create Your Best Birth Story—from Prenatal to Postpartum.
Birth and postpartum do not need to be so hard.
They will be powerful.
They will be transformational.
And, with the right preparation, they can be easy.
You’re pregnant! Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! Pregnancy is such a joyful time. You’re dreaming about your baby and your future together – what will Baby be like? What will family life be like? What kind of parents will we be? You’re frankly in awe of pregnancy itself – how can it all happen perfectly, automatically?
Amidst these happy imaginings, worries do creep in. Will I stay low risk? Is birth as painful as people say? Will I end up with a c-section? Will I be able to breastfeed? Will I get postpartum depression? How will I go back to work?
Take a deep breath, darling girl! What if I told you –
- That all those scary stories you’ve heard about birth and postpartum are just stories – they don’t have to be your reality.
- That the same practices and principles that help you to have a great birth will also help you to be a great mom.
- That your body is trustworthy – what happens to you during birth and how you feel about it depends more on your provider and place of birth than your or your baby’s condition.
- That from breastfeeding to mood, your hormones help you and your baby to thrive.
Birth and postpartum do not need to be so hard. They will be powerful. They will be transformational. And, with the right preparation, they can be easy.
I’d love to teach you how. It’s all in my new program, Becoming A Mother – a childbirth preparation program unlike anything else out there. Becoming A Mother strips away the disempowering stories and expectations that make birth and mothering hard and reveals the ease and joy that Nature designed for both birth and postpartum. It teaches you the essential principles and practices that make you a powerful mother throughout this life-changing transition.
E-course coming in 2016!
What You’ll Learn.
The key to ease and joy is putting your trust in the right place.
- Trust Nature. Nature’s designed birth and postpartum for you to thrive. I’ll teach you how to support Nature’s design.
- Trust Your Body. You are Nature. I’ll teach you how to support your body and how to listen to it and how to follow its lead.
- Trust Your Baby. Your baby is Nature. I’ll teach you how to listen to your baby and how to both be led by your baby and to lead.
- Trust Yourself. You are an authority and more powerful than you know. I’ll teach you to develop your intuition, how to organize the perfect support for you and baby and how to stand in your power and authority.
Experts (doctors, hospitals, books, etc.) absolutely have a place in your transition into motherhood, but we’ve allowed them to define the terms for too long. Becoming A Mother puts you and your baby back in the center of the experience. It restores the social, emotional and spiritual dimensions of birth and new motherhood, enabling both a more meaningful transition and a better supported one.
Is Becoming A Mother For You?
It is if the above description feels like an exhale!
Also if you:
- Are interested in natural birth and the midwifery model of care.
- Are holistically minded. You are open to alternative and complementary modalities and believe in a wellness model of health.
- Value experiences. For you the journey is as important as the destination.
- Care about where you food comes from and eat well.
- Have self-care practices, such as yoga, meditation, prayer, reading and reflection.
- Respect nature and love spending time in it.
Becoming A Mother, the self-paced downloadable e-course, will be available in 2016.
Class 1: Let Love (Not Fear) Lead. Did you know that the hormones of love, bonding and ecstasy that you experienced when you conceived your baby will also help you birth, breastfeed and bond with her? In this class, you’ll learn how love and its chemical messengers work for you throughout birth, the immediate postpartum period and beyond. You’ll develop practices that help you remain guided by love, and not derailed by its opposite, fear.
Class 2: Trust Your Body. Birth and motherhood as we know them today are often far from Nature’s design. You’ll learn what that design is and how it is trustworthy for the majority of healthy women and babies. You’ll discover that your body is trustworthy not only during pregnancy and birth, it is trustworthy at all times. Through the practice of the Body Compass, you’ll learn how to be guided by your body’s wisdom during birth and in motherhood.
Class 3: You Can Do Hard Things. Birth and postpartum are hard. So what? You’ve done hard things all your life. In this class you’ll look at your accomplishments and how they were achieved. We’ll discuss the two types of energy, masculine and feminine, and the role of each in pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Class 4: Breathe & Relax. Breath is the gateway to relaxation, and relaxation facilitates everything. Consciously relaxing during stressful moments – whether that moment is a labor contraction, a crying baby or an upset spouse – is a game changer. You’ll experience different approaches to relaxing whatever the circumstance and establish a daily practice of breathing and relaxation to enjoy with your baby and your partner.
Class 5: Self-Care Is Not Selfish. You know what you should do, so what keeps you from doing it? We’ll discuss how to nourish your whole self – body, spirit and mind – through play, nature, food, exercise, relaxation and visualization. You’ll harness the energy of play to help you maintain your essential self-care habits. You’ll develop a plan to get the help you’ll need for the first six-to-twelve weeks postpartum (and feel good about it).
Class 6: Frame Your Experience Consciously. What do we talk about when we talk about birth and babies? In this class you’ll become aware of the symbols – that is, the images and the language – of birth and motherhood and take charge of them for yourself. You’ll learn to frame your experience as you’re living it by using empowering language, affirmations and visualizations and questioning beliefs that work against you.
Class 7: Build Your Away Team. The philosophy and practice style of your health care team has an enormous influence over your birth and postpartum period. This class will teach you how to choose, when to change (you can change), and how to develop co-operative relationships with your providers. We’ll also talk about doulas, who can help you with all of that and more!
Class 8: Build Your Home Team. Dads mean well but often at a loss as to how to help the mother. This class will give them clear, simple principles and practices to support moms in the ways they really need. Moms will learn how they, too, can support their partners as they learn to father. We’ll explore the changing landscape of your relationship, as you evolve from couple to parents, and you’ll learn compassionate, effective communication techniques, including how to ask for what you need.
Class 9: You Are an Authority. Doctors and other credentialed professionals may be experts in objective knowledge – the kind accessed by observation and instruments – but you are an authority, too. Only you have access to the embodied knowledge of feeling and intuition. You’ll learn techniques for developing your powers of intuition and observation.
Class 10: Phases Pass and Make You Stronger. The surges of labor and the phases of parenthood are similar: they can be painful in the moment but they are ushering in something greater. In this class you’ll learn what to expect from labor, birth and postpartum. In particular, you’ll learn to recognize when you are fighting the energy of change and how to merge with it instead, becoming stronger in the exchange.
Class 11: Sometimes You Need Help. In this class we’ll review some of the more common pathologies and interventions in pregnancy, labor and postpartum and how to get the answers you need to make the best choice for you and your baby.
Class 12: Celebrate! In the final class we will review and celebrate what you’ve learned during the course. We’ll look at how what you focus on expands, and how an attitude of celebration will serve you in birth and in your new life with baby.
Becoming a mother – birth through postpartum – is one of the biggest transitions in your life. You’re not only having a baby. You’re being invited into a new way of thinking and being.
Step outside the lines others have drawn for you! Join me and other like-minded mothers in a motherbaby-centered collective, where you can trust yourself, trust your body, trust your baby and where your thriving throughout birth and motherhood is truly supported.