A guest post by Kristin Revere
I read “Sacred Pregnancy” the book during my last pregnancy and it changed my views on this time so much that I felt called to be an instructor. I signed up for the Virginia retreat before my son was even born.
I was considered high risk during my first pregnancy as I developed pre-eclampsia and had many of the signs in the first trimester with my second child. I started seeking natural methods to treat it and read many books on holistic pregnancy. None of the other books compared to the peace and serenity that I felt when reading “Sacred Pregnancy”. In the end, I was able to have the natural, unmedicated birth that I desired and give much of the credit to the amazing movement that Anni Daulter created. I also give credit to my husband, doulas, naturopath and chiropractor for all of their support during my pregnancy, labor and beyond.
The instructor training was unique in that we didn’t just learn the material to be able to teach it in our hometowns, we were immersed in the program as if we were the pregnant women experiencing it for ourselves. It was such an amazing way to bring the joy and beauty of the Sacred Pregnancy movement to life.
The first series of the eight week pregnancy journey classes began here in Grand Rapids just last week. I feel so fortunate to be able to share in such a beautiful and powerful time in the lives of each of the women in my class. I was happy to be able to hold space for them to create connections with each other and find joy in this time that many people see as all about the baby. I want two hours each week to be all about the pregnant mamas.
I think that it is important for women to be able to experience pregnancy and birth in a more meaningful and personal way as Sacred Pregnancy teaches in the classes and in the book. Today’s society is so fast paced and disconnected that it is more important than ever to connect with ourselves, our babies, and other women during this important rite of passage. Women in tribal cultures support one another during pregnancy and birth and Sacred Pregnancy is bringing this tradition to women everywhere.
The sessions are a special place for pregnant women to gather together for (“Pregnancy Journey” classes) for eight weeks early in their pregnancy journeys and again for (“Birth Journey” classes) four weeks toward the end of their pregnancies. Each week is spent exploring pertinent topics that naturally arise for most women as they walk down their pregnancy paths and encourage deep sharing, exploring art, expression, laughter, honoring and celebration.
I am holding a free Sacred Pregnancy info night on Monday, May 27th from 6:30 to 8pm at Baby Beloved inside the Women’s Health Center located at 555 Mid Towne St NE Ste 100 Grand Rapids, MI 49503. There will be refreshments and giveaways at the event. I will show you how to create a sacred space in your home and will have a “going to the bowl” ceremony and answer any questions. Please bring a small jar to take your bath salts home in if you wish to participate in the salt bowl ceremony.
Kristin Revere is a fundraiser and works with nonprofits centered on women and children, as well as the arts. She is involved in the Healthy Kent Breastfeeding Coalition and was an organizer of an event with the national breastfeeding advocacy nonprofit called Milk for Thought. One of her clients offers free postpartum support to mothers. Kristin is passionate about empowering women to have the birth and pregnancy that they desire.
For more information on Sacred Pregnancy the book, classes and courses, visit: http://www.sacredpregnancy.com
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