You may have heard the comparison before: contractions are like waves. At first there is stillness, a break between waves. Then a wave builds slowly until it peaks and, ahhhhh … rolls away. Close your eyes, add in deep, audible breathing (like you’re fogging a mirror), and you can mentally transport yourself to a beach where you’re floating atop smooth, rolling waves.
This beautiful, calming imagery — so much the way labor can feel — has been helpful to countless birthing mamas.
Twin Cities doula, Blooma staffer, and pregnant mama Kathryn Orr recently blogged about her own experience with this wave imagery, experiencing it first-hand during her babymoon in St. Thomas. The lessons she took from swimming in the ocean are so spot-on, we thought we’d share one of them here. Continue reading
When women come together in a setting that’s intentional and trusting, something magical happens. Love, nurturing, listening, support, honoring. Add in the round, beautiful belly of a woman creating life within, and the energy of that gathering creates a deeply powerful well of support as she nears the next phase of her journey: birth.
This kind of gathering is called a Mother Blessing, or “blessingway.” Instead of showering a mother with store-bought gifts (though also fun!), a Mother Blessing showers a mama and her soon-to-be-born babe with community and meaningful rituals that encourage her to believe in the strength, softening, opening and surrender she’ll call upon during labor and birth — whether she plans to birth vaginally or by Cesarean.
Recently, we at Blooma held a group Mother Blessing for NINE of our jaw-droppingly amazing staffers who are pregnant right now. NINE! Though a blessingway is usually an intimate ceremony for just one mama at a time, making this a group ceremony was an incredible experience for us all! The pictures you see are from this special night.
New to the Mother Blessing concept? Here are a few ideas. Pass them along to your best friend or sister so she can plan one for you, or start planning now for a special pregnant woman in your own life. Even if this sounds a bit out there to you, trust me when I say that every woman who attends (skeptical or not), will have plenty of feel-good-love hormones — and maybe a few tears! — flowing by the end of the night. Continue reading
We’re helping to spread the word about a compelling documentary in-the-making called Life Imitates Birth: The Science and Spirit of Being Born.
Monica Matos, a Twin Cities-based childbirth consultant, educator and advocate is pouring her heart and soul into this project, which is currently seeking funding to bring it to life. Check out her completed trailer below!
Monica also founded Ten Moons Rising, which offers education about the importance of mindful conception, pregnancy and birth. The film is based on her ongoing work in this field.
Interested in donating, or know of a foundation or philanthropist who might be interested? Contact Monica at email@example.com. In the meantime, get updates on Life Imitates Birth on its Facebook page.
Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma