During my daughter’s birth. I labored in a tub was rocking all my tools, presence and breath.
But then I transition hit and I was DONE.
Every fiber of my being felt like…”I just can’t do this anymore!”
I began to actively resist the contractions.
My doula brought her face close to mine and said, “Sheila, look into my eyes and breathe with me.”
I surrendered into her calm loving presence and with her breath, it felt like she carried me through to the other side where I was ready to push.
Could I have made it through anyway?
For sure.. but it would have been excruciating and exhausting.
With her gaze and presence, everything in me relaxed and the intensity washed over me.
How do you stand for yourself during pregnancy and birth?
How do you navigate a system that may not align with your desires?
How do you engage with your providers and support team to ensure you are seen and honored?
These are BIG questions when you are preparing for birth and absolutely ESSENTIAL if you want an Ecstatic Birth.
In this Conversation to Transform Birth with Women and Newborn Health Specialist, Tamara Hawkins we dive deep into empowerment and self-advocacy in pregnancy and birth.
As Tamara so beautifully articulates, our greatest power does not come from standing strong and fighting for what we want no matter who gets in our way… (though I personally do love that level of ferocity!) but from connecting to the humanity within ourselves and others.
“My recent birth with my second son Silver was the most ecstatic experience of my life bringing me closer to divine bliss than ever before. I birthed on my own terms, in my garden, inspired and supported by the wild elements around me.
The birth was a devotional act, a deep bow and surrender to our great Mother, The Divine creatrix and in total reverence to all mothers past and future. I somehow felt it my duty and honour to dedicate Silver’s birth as a reclamation of women’s body and wild soul, honouring the journey as a primal act of ancient feminine wisdom and divine connection.
Watch this Conversation to Transform Birth with Charlotte Eastaugh, Mother, Yogini, Performer, Whisperer of the Wilds, and Sacred Sexuality Coach.
Preparing for an Ecstatic Birth can be So Much FUN.
I mean.. .who doesn’t love expanding pleasure in her life and body?!? Right?
We’ve been trained to put our energy and attention on positive manifestation.
Creation from a place of love and excitement truly is potent work, IF- you’ve done the deep work of clearing out your fears.
In the almost 10 years I have been doing this work, I have never met a woman that didn’t have resistance to this critical piece of birth prep.
Everyone has fears going into birth.. that is 100% normal and natural- fear of pain, motherhood, c-section, tearing… yes.. and the one mega fear underlying everything:
Last night I was cuddling in bed with my daughters, my heart expanding and aching with my love for them.
Calling them into my life was one of the most transformative journeys I have ever taken and it continues to this day.
Ever notice how your pulsating LOVE for another presses you to grow beyond your own edges?
My desires for my children take me into realms I would never venture into for myself.
I want you to meet one of the many exceptional guest teachers in the Ecstatic Birth Practitioner Training, Sokhna Heathyre Mabin.
A leading edge visionary of sacred fertility and creativity, Sokhna is a woman who stands for all women, for mothers, for babies, for LIFE.
As a doula of color, and one developing doula programs for her community, Sokhna intimately understands the challenges black women face in the birthing room and what long term solutions look like, solutions that include:
One of the many, overflowing gifts that birth has given me is a sense of my own autonomy.
Navigating my options in preparation for my first birth, I prioritized everyone’s opinions and desires over my own. That didn’t play out very well.
I experienced a birth trauma that carried over into an inability to conceive and carry a second child.
I looked everywhere for answers and I found none, until I was encouraged to look within.
We received such a powerful transmission from Lisa Weinstein who so bravely and boldly shared her birth experiences with us.
Lisa gave potent words and feelings to the layers of Ecstasy and Orgasmic pleasure possible in childbirth.
If you have any doubt….
Curious how it is possible…
Want to understand what the heck I mean…
PLEASE WATCH THIS!!!
Our bodies are incredible.
They are the source of so much wisdom, power and PLEASURE.
But we live in a culture that distrusts the body, that fears its betrayal.
TRUSTING OUR BODIES is an essential piece of feminine reclamation and is imperative in childbirth.
Ooooooo, today I’d like to introduce you to a midwife that was featured in the documentary Orgasmic Birth!
In this Conversation to Transform Birth, Midwife Anne Margolis shares her insights on what it takes to open to pleasure in birth…
Some of these insights will surprise you!