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
Mothering is one of the most profound, transformative, and challenging journeys a woman will undertake in her lifetime. While the love and joy you can experience while watching your baby mature can make your heart soar, the day to day, moment to moment, experience of mothering can often feel grueling and endless. It has been said that for the mother, “the days are long, but the years are short.”
Not to worry. All that you are doing to prepare for an Ecstatic Birth is actually laying the foundation for you to mother with pleasure as well. Set by step, I’ll show you how each of our ecstatic birthing principles provide deep support for the mother in you that is being born. Many of the same tools that make for ecstatic birthing pave the way for ecstatic mothering and living. Watch the class or read the top 10 tips below.. Enjoy!
Oooooooo I can’t wait to share what I am about to share!!!
Four years ago I had a vision of lighting up the globe.
One light, passed to several others, passed to many others, passed to all…..
I woke up with a deep knowing in my body that while I can only support a handful of pregnant women at any given time, the key to transforming the landscape of birth lay with practitioners, fierce, visionary women who could hold the vision alongside me.
For any one of us working in this field and going counterculture, bringing pleasure into a realm known for pain, that can feel like lifting an elephant with your pinkie.
But together, side by side, leaning on each other, committed and holding the vision together… wow, we can begin to breathe again.
I am so proud of this moment in time,
the moment in which I get to share with you the fruits of my newest baby–
If you are a woman living on this planet, it is likely that you are familiar with the sensation of depletion, of having given everything you have to give (and more) with little left for yourself.
Biologically women are wired as nurturers, but culturally we are not trained how to take on that role in a way that feels sustainable.
Mothers are taught to be self-sacrificing and put their kids first.
Practitioners are taught to put their clients needs first.
The problem with this model is that eventually we get depleted and hit a point of utter exhaustion. And at that point we are of no use to anyone, not even ourselves.