Have you ever struggled to bring your dreams into reality, wondering over and over again… “What is wrong with me?” or “Why can’t I just….?”
(Artwork by Katariina Agnes Fagering)
I know this feeling SO well. And I’ve also known the opposite.. the feeling that NOTHING can stop me, NOTHING can stand in my way of bringing my dream to reality.
Birth has been my biggest teacher, the gateway through which I have come to understand the source of my feminine power.
This is a pivotal moment in your life.
You have never been in this exact position before.. preparing for this birth of this baby.
Yet… you have been here before. You know this feeling.
You have been faced with the inner struggle of knowing what you really want and being afraid you can’t have it.
What if you fail? What if what has worked for other women won’t work for you? What if it’s just too good to be true?
There is something that deeply troubles me about our legacy….
That moment when a baby is born and a mother emerges is magical, sacred.. POWERFUL.. The highest of highs. Right?
On a personal level, for both parents, it is one of the major milestones of life. For the baby, it is literally LIFE itself.
On a global level, this moment ushers in the next generation of humanity.
It is DIVINE- the moment creation is actualized.
The FUTURE is literally being BORN.
A pivotal EXTRAordinary moment on the planet…
and yet our legacy declares that THIS is the moment that we will PUNISH WOMEN FOR THEIR SINS AGAINST MAN.
I’d like to introduce you to Ekaterina Baranova, a doula and childbirth educator, who just completed her first round of the Ecstatic Birth Practitioner Training Program (graduates are able to repeat the training as often as they are inspired).
Ekaterina has spent the last year immersed in the content, practice and community of PLEASURE, actively contemplating and practicing bringing it into the world of birth.
You will see, from the blog she has written here, so many of the different pieces I’ve highlighted at play:
The tools and practices you can bring into birth to have more fun, and support the flow of labor and delivery
The invaluable nature of being immersed in a like-minded community
The elevation of consciousness about the body and the interconnected nature of life, birth and sex
Opening to the flow of pleasure within via the body practices
The shift from thinking states to FEELING states to tap into our intuitive and primal nature
The power of being present in the body
The transformation in supporting others from being draining to nourishing
Bringing everything you learn in this training into the world with your unique flavor
Elevating the birthing culture through your pleasure
And so much more.. I’ll let her tell you herself!
As birthworkers we know deep in our souls that birth is a sacred and profound rite of passage in a woman’s life complete with the potential for joy, empowerment, transformation and ECSTASY.
However, the reality of what we witness every day from inside and outside the birthing rooms is quite different.
It can be exhausting to hold the vision for the highest version of birth as you know it and support women in a climate that often feels like a direct contrast.
If you are a birthworker passionate to elevate the experience of birth for your clients and the world at large, I’d like to invite you to a unique and complementary online training to support you in your mission:
Pain to PLEASURE: Supporting Women in Ecstatic Birth