Becoming a mother
becoming a mother
a transformation of mind, body, and soul
Pregnancy felt like an in-between state – a journey that had yet to reach its destination. And as I walked this journey, I was experiencing myself change. Past experiences were coming back to me with fresh power and taking on new meanings.
It felt strange to have a little person growing inside me, so connected and yet also, somehow, so far away. Who was I in this new body of mine? Who were they?
Often, I felt alone with all these concerns and feelings. Unsure even how to put it into words, how to let my husband know what it was like to be transformed into a mother, mind, body and soul, while he seemed to just go on with his normal life. And without these words, it was difficult to plan for parenthood beyond just buying things.
After I had children, I understood that we need to prepare for childbirth differently.
We need to focus on how the birthing parent is feeling.
We need to understand that all our life experiences that have gone into our adult selves, the good and the bad, can become very present in pregnancy.
We need to honor the fact that, just as our bodies are changing, our identity is shifting forever – a process that can be both joyous and challenging - and in the seeds of this realization Resilient Birth sparked into life