March 9, 2015

Birth

I have to admit that my reasons for becoming a birth keeper stem back to my birth experience with my son, which was far from great. It left me physically and spiritually scarred, and also dumbfounded as to how this could be the normalized and accepted way of bringing life onto our planet. My son’s birth was a trauma that I have dived deep to  transform and turn into a gift and offering to this world. I consider birth to be nothing short of miraculous and the most sacred of acts.

There are exceptions to every rule, but I have recently made the decision to step away from births in the hospital setting. Simply put, this paradigm does not align or resonate with the woman I have become.

 

Are we given birth, or giving birth? – Whapio 

 

There is a time and place for everything and my personal decision to step away from hospital births are not a judgement on anyone else’s choices. For me to move in alignment and with integrity through this world I need to put my attention and energy behind what I believe is true. Birth is not merely a medical event, but a rite of passage and a normal, healthy expression of womanhood in which medical interventions should be minimal. The pathology of birth sets women up for unnecessary failure and trauma. As a birth keeper I hold the highest potential outcome and vision for the women I work with. I hold space for this divine transformation and help guide and educate women on the childbearing continuum path.

 

“Imagine what might happen if the majority of women emerged from their labour beds with a renewed sense of the strength and power of their bodies, and of their capacity for ecstasy through giving birth. When enough women realize that birth is a time of great opportunity to get in touch with their true power, and when they are willing to assume responsibility for this, we will reclaim the power of birth and help put technology where it belongs – in the service of birthing women, not as their master.” – Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D.

 

We remember the experience of birth for the rest of our life, and I want to help you so that you can tell a story you’ll be proud of. I birthed my daughter into this world in love, safety, in power at home. I was the authority and in that experience I felt new wind under my sails, and a renewed passion and trust for birth. My soul was overjoyed, and as I revelled in my most exalted and expansive moments I just knew that I was to be a lighthouse for mothers to come. We can do this. We can restore birth for our daughters and granddaughters.

I believe that women and mothers are the back bones of not only their families, but their communities at large, and the way they are treated and cared for during the childbearing year directly impacts their life for years to come. I bring tried and tested traditional practices, herbs, education and over a decade of experience with me in my tool kit. I occupy of one of the oldest jobs on earth… women witnessing and sitting with other women during transformation. That makes me proud.

I have attended countless births in the hospital, the home, birth centre, as well as free births for the past 12 years.

My services include:

– one initial interview to makes sure we are a good match

– 2 educational prenatal visits

– being on call 2 weeks on either end of your estimated due date

– education and mentorship throughout pregnancy

– access to my vast lending library

– continuous presence and support during your labour and delivery

– herbal remedies, a postpartum meal and care during the initial postpartum settling in time

$1299

Payment plans are available

“Birth is not only about making babies. It’s about making mothers ~ strong, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength” -Barbara Katz Rothman