HEART CENTERED PREGNANCY JOURNAL
"Despite the massive amount of knowledge, training, and learning materials available to pregnant people, parents often emerge from the birth experience feeling lost – like they were lacking a map to navigate the transformation, uncertainty, and soul opening that would accompany their journey into parenthood."
This book is a field guide to access your intuition, wisdom, and self-compassion for birth.
Long before you ever considered taking a childbirth class or even became pregnant, you began passively learning about birth. Since the time you could string words together, you began weaving together what it means to give birth, deal with pain, ask for help, and be vulnerable from the messages your family, community, and culture passed on to you.
Turning the Soil
Much like planting a garden, turning the soil over to discover what resources you have already, and what roots need to be pulled up will help expand your options for navigating birth and postpartum.
As you learn about the mechanics of birth and familiarize yourself with the medical system, it will be important to identify the internal barriers that keep you from using your voice, trusting your gut, or giving yourself permission to try something new.
With new awareness comes new possibilities, more personal freedom, and more self-compassion to weather the challenges of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
*This book is written in inclusive language, and embraces all birthing people and birthing families.
Introducing the Heart Centered Pregnancy Deck!
This interactive card deck offers 35 reflections related to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, including...
- Exploring Beliefs
- Creating Ritual
- Building a Support Network
- Expanding the Possibilities for Ways to Get Through Birth
- Creating Ambiance for Birth
- Taking a Compassionate Look at Interventions
- Connecting to Ancestors
- Physical and Emotional Healing
- The Importance of Rest
- Seeing One's Self as a Parent
- The Power of Vulnerability
- Accessing Intuition
For Pregnant Parents: Congratulations! Not only are you preparing to welcome your baby into the world, you're also preparing to welcome a brand new version of yourself. You can make a daily, weekly, or occasional practice of drawing a card from this deck, and reflecting on the theme - whether internally, with your partner or support person, or in a journal. Listen within as you excavate the courage, wisdom, and self-love you will need in birth and postpartum.
For Birth Professionals: Keep these cards in your office, doula bag, or teaching space. Have your client(s) draw a card as a way of opening a prenatal appointment, as a ceremonial closing, or for another creative use that you discover. This deck can be a resource to better understand your client's needs, wishes, and beliefs, as well as a tool of introspection for expecting parents.
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