An offering of vibrant community circles for expectant mothers. These circles are a way to provide pregnant mothers space, time and focus to truly embrace the journey of the childbearing year in a mindful and meaningful way. During these circles, mothers receive grounded mentoring and guidance as well as essential information from visiting Wise Women. This offering is authentic and heart-based with an approach informed by Birthing From Within™, The Hendricks Institute, Indigenous Science and the wealth of the local birth community. The larger vision and intention of these circles of women is to create stronger families, vibrant communities and a healthier planet.
Why Awakening Mothers?
Because there is a profound longing in women to be seen, heard and held in the space of other women during the journey toward motherhood. In a culture where the average prenatal visit with an obstetrician lasts 15 minutes, these circles give women the time and space to ask heartfelt questions, unravel concerns, explore, be their authentic selves, stand in their truth and celebrate the journey of awakening to motherhood.
In essence, Awakening Mothers intentionally recreates the village. The village that embraces, loves, guides, trusts, accepts and makes holy each woman’s experience. A village of this potency is sorely missing in our cultural landscape of pregnancy and birth. Bunmi Laditan refers to this missing link and its significance quite eloquently in her Huffington Post article.
Research in neuroscience and psychology reveal that our modern lives are growing in social isolation and dependence on technology and these sociological factors are having an increasingly negative impact on humanity. In ‘The Village Effect,’ a book by Susan Pinker, she writes about humanity being hard-wired for face-to-face connection. More valuable and supportive than an individual’s random Facebook wanderings, is the authentic, in-person connection with others. This is particularly true for women. When women can drop the social personas and be real, develop meaningful connections and feel supported, it affects their health, happiness and resilience. And this culture more than ever needs resilient mothers.
Participating in Awakening Mothers
Awakening Mothers circles are best initiated by 28 weeks gestation. If you have found Awakening Mothers after 30 weeks gestation, there are other offerings available with Turtle Moon Birth during late pregnancy including one-on-one consulting and Birthing From Within™ Classes for first-time parents & seasoned parents.
Prenatally, women who are active participants in Awakening Mothers circles are encouraged to avail themselves of the following during their participation:
- On-Line Mentoring & Explorations for Growth + Community Building (through private Facebook group)
- Wild Nature Excursions with your circle sisters (two opportunities during your Awakening Mothers circle)
- A Communal Mother Blessing (prepared & witnessed by circle sisters)
After birth, postpartum women are also encouraged to participate in the following:
- A Postpartum Return Ceremony to honor the journey of labor & birth (with your circle sisters)
$499 – 359 (sliding scale)
(if able, please help make this available to those with less financial security by paying the full amount)