Work is Love Made Visible
If you haven't already noticed, I am passionate about birth! My goal is help enliven the conversations around birth, and to remind all people of how freedom in birth can bring about peace, security and love on Planet Earth. I'm turning off the mute button when it comes to the importance of this relatively short experience. Perhaps you feel the same way about birth. Or maybe you can feel it in your bones even if you can't quite put it into words. My role as your doula or yoga instructor is create a safe, sacred space for you to do the internal work of preparation, healing and growth to create the birth experience you desire.
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On Being a Mother
My life was forever changed on July 28, 2013 when I gave birth to my son. The journey to becoming pregnant was not easy, but I learned some incredibly profound things about the connection of the soul, mind and body. After a year and a half of trying to get pregnant, including the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, it was by finally speaking the words of my soul's truth and coming out as bisexual, that energy and the creative life force were able to flow freely through me and bring forth a new life.
My pregnancy was filled with love, joy, friendship, meditation, and lots of Ben & Jerry's ice cream! We only had one ultrasound taken at 20 weeks, but we didn't find out the sex of the baby. My meditation and Pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) practices were essential to my peace during pregnancy and the labor and birth.
I chose to give birth in the peace and security of my home with my husband and two midwifes assisting. After about 24 hours of active labor and pushing, my son was born while I was standing at the bathroom sink! We walked back to the bedroom and the new family began its life together from a place of peace.
I am a strong advocate for natural, home birth and I am saddened by all of the trauma and violence women experience in our hospitals; a result of a tech-obsessed society, out of touch with Spirit and the power of the Life Force within each of us that knows better than any doctor. This is available to each of us when we are healthy physically and mentally.
Khalil Gibran wrote that "work is love made visible." I have many ways that I make my love visible. When I am not working with women to prepare for birth, I am a graphic and web designer at Dawn Leonard Design. Because I love working with and around birth so much, I love having birth professionals as my design clients too. Check out my work.
Resources for an Empowered Motherhood
Birthing from Within by by Pam England, Rob Horowitz
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Orgasmic Birth by Debra Pascali-Bonaro
Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel
Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers by Marcy Axness
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing by Christiane Northrup
Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés