Birth is a rite of passage, transforming a woman into a mother and breathing life into an entirely new human being. This life-changing experience deserves respect and reverence.
The way you birth is the way you live.
Each class is divided into two parts. The first half is focused on the logistics of birth, and how women's bodies are physiologically made to birth. The second half of each class is dedicated to coming together with your partner in a safe and judgement-free space, to discuss how to emotionally prepare for birth and parenthood.
The intention of this class is to empower each parent to tap into their intuition, and to take an active role in preparing for an autonomous birth.
In this class, you and your partner will learn:
How normal, natural, physiological birth works
The many choices and decisions to be made surrounding labor, birth, and newborn care
Various comfort and relaxation techniques
Mindfulness techniques, appropriate for birth and parenthood
The importance of planning for the fourth trimester: postpartum care, breastfeeding, and more
About the instructor:
Jasia is a home birthing mother of 3, experienced birth and postpartum doula, attachment parenting advocate, and babywearing fanatic. She has been educating families on biological birth for over 8 years, and is passionate about supporting couples to make empowered decisions for their families, as they welcome the next generation into the world.
Closing of the Bones Ceremony:
An ancient practice of honoring the transition to motherhood
Closing of the bones ceremonies have been described as very comforting and relaxing. The feeling of being "closed up" is a full circle experience from the energetic and physical sensations of "opening" that occurs during birth.
The ceremony begins by setting up a sacred space in the client's home, and burning herbs to cleanse the energy. Reiki healing is offered, followed by a grounding hand, foot, and womb (optional) massage with herbal oils. Next, the mother is wrapped up with several cloths around her entire body. Music and drums are played while she rests. Finally, the mother is gently unwrapped, emerging from this experience fully integrated into her new role as mother, and her new mother's body. After the ceremony, there is time to share her thoughts and feelings, and anything that may have come up during the closing of the bones ceremony, over a warm cup of herbal tea.
A closing of the bones ceremony can be offered anytime after birth. Most mothers like to wait until the traditional 40 days postpartum, but some enjoy this experience earlier. This ceremony can also be helpful years after birth, especially if you never got the opportunity to enjoy this honoring ceremony early on in motherhood.
As women, we often hold many of our significant experiences, traumas, and emotions in our womb. Closing of the bones ceremony can help us integrate any major events into our psyche, and help create a transition point. Other notable times women choose to experience a closing of the bones ceremony include: miscarriage/stillbirth, weaning our children from breastfeeding, children leaving home/empty nest, and menopause.