and other 2013 themes
Between now and the end of May, beginning of June, I will be posting a series about the advancing pregnancy of a client and dear friend. We’ll be doing a few sessions in the months to come, starting this week. Sessions will of course be topical to whatever baby and mom and dad want to work on in the moment, but session topics we could include are:
- working with the adjusting physicality of the mother’s body
- working through blocks or energies about the actual labor
- working with family history energies. Moving into a first time pregnancy often brings up family history energy
- examining societal ideas about parenting, pregnancy, and labor and their impact on our ability to create our own life
- body image
- changing relationship energies between mother and partner
My client has decided to call me her Doula. (I don’t mean the city of Douala in Cameroon as I said in my last post!) The history of the word Doula comes from the Ancient Greek meaning female servant or slave. This is my second experience being a doula, and the fourth birth I’ve been honored to attend.
These days we view a doula as a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, as well as her partners and families, by providing information, physical assistance, and emotional support. That really seems to fit with the role that Brooke and I have discussed. We’ve already been trading information from my experience with my two labors and birth’s she’s attended. Soon we’ll start our sessions as a conscious place for her to work with the energies that come up.
With Brooke’s permission, I am looking forward to sharing with you our explorations and my experience as a doula in the coming months.
Additionally, I’ll be developing two other themes this year. I’m brainstorming a collaborative video series of basic embodiment tools with fellow healer Lawrence Kampf. Stay tuned for that notice. And finally, a series that is close to my heart and daily life: I am currently interviewing people to find out how they keep their family and selves healthy, safe, and alert in a city that is known for its violence. This will develop into intuitive and spiritual tools for daily cultivation.