Before my daughter was born, I thought I had learned everything I needed to learn to not only have a good birth, but to be a conscious, respectful and loving parent. I soaked up the latest research on birth and parenting and I wanted to provide the best experience for my daughter from the beginning. I knew about the benefits of holding her skin-to-skin after birth, responding early to her cries, and I thought I would know how to be the best parent for her.
Looking back on her birth, I felt like I got lucky. I happened to have gone to a childbirth class that gave me tools that I felt made all the difference. As a result, for the most part I had a positive and empowering birth experience.
But let me tell you, being the parent I wanted to be didn't come naturally.
In those first few years, I was often overwhelmed, anxious and stressed out, doubting my abilities and feeling like I didn't have the right tools for success.
I had to unlearn much of what I learned from my parents and from mainstream culture (sorry Mom and Dad, love you!).
Even though I had read about natural parenting, respectful parenting, attachment parenting and conscious parenting, implementing those tools was harder than I thought it would be, and I needed guidance.
I discovered when my daughter was little over a year old that labor and birth are a lot like parenting. To feel successful, many things need to be in place:
>>> good self-care
>>> an awesome support team
>>> optimal health, mindset and more
After discovering the shortcomings of my knowledge and our system's inadequacies in properly preparing us for birth and parenting I went on a quest for all of the answers.
My journey led me to pursue continuing education and certification in the following areas:
-Internationally Certified Childbirth Educator (ICCE)
-Internationally Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CEIM)
-DONA Trained Birth Doula
-MotherWoman Perinatal Support Group Facilitator
-Gottman 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work Leader
-Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator
-The JJ Way Maternal Child Health Specialist (MCH)
-Positive Discipline Parent Educator Certification (CPDPE)
-Parents as Teachers, Parent Educator
I'm passionate about:
>>> Writing books/journals and guides to help you have your best experience in pregnancy/birth/parenting
>>>Writing stories for kids that empower them from the start and help parents gain a deeper understanding of their child's development
>>>Supporting parents and caregivers in a hands-on way through my work as a Parent Educator
>>> Living life to its fullest and enjoying every moment I get on this planet with my daughter, family, and friends
For everyone in the world to have appropriate informational and emotional support to guide them from the preconception period, all the way through early parenting, creating supported, empowered, healthy and strong families and communities.
It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labor, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further. We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement. The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love. -Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, 1953