Moon Phases Of Life is proud to offer community village prenatal & postpartums.
A Community Prenatal is a communal gathering that nourishes and celebrates pregnant people at any stage of gestation. Our gatherings support you in speaking words that empower and build trust in yourself and your baby. Activities may include grounding visualizations, belly mapping, crafting, pampering, or portraits. The topic changes every month so you can continue to come through out your pregnancy.
If you are thinking about transitioning from Maiden to Mother, the education, experience and sisterhood support is here waiting for you. Your wisdom is needed!
If you are a mother who has birthed before, share their personal moments of strength, power, humor, realization, and joy, demonstrating the beauty inherent to birth in all its variation. Your wisdom is needed!
If you are pregnant, come revitalize yourself as you hear power stories and create the blueprint for the future birth you are longing for. Your wisdom is needed!
It does not matter where, how, or who you plan to birth with. Choose yourself, come into your body and power. All are welcome, I hope you hear your sisterhood calling.
Midwives, doulas, and practitioners may be among our circle of attendants, holding space as you navigate your entering motherhood, whether for the first or fourth time.
This is event is designed for the birthing parent only.
If you would like to bring a friend or if you are not an existing Moon Phases client, the suggested donation of $10-$20 is appriciated.
When: We will meet 11-2 the first Sunday of the Month
Jan 7- Feb 4 - Mar 3- Apr 7- May 5 - June 2- July 7-
Aug 4- Sept 1- Oct 6- Nov 3- Dec 1-
Topics & Themes- All subjects are due to change if needed:
January: Infant CPR certification ( Additional charge) & Self care
February: Birth Dreams & Prenatal Nutrition
March: Sex, Intimacy & Connection in Pregnancy and Beyond & Connecting with your baby
April: Pelvic Floor Health, Chiropractic, Webster with guest speaker Emily Young from Crystal Lake Family Wellness
May: Breastfeeding , positions and tips with guest speaker Taylor Espinosa from Callisto Lactation
June: Infant Feeding goals, Baby Lead Weaning with guest speaker Jessica Pawlicki from Well-Rooted
July: Infant CPR certification (additional charge), Childbirth & Placenta Delivery Preparation
August: Normalizing Newborn Sleep & Newborn Preparation
September: Planning for Postpartum
October: The Importance Of Pelvic and Core Therapy Immediate Postpartum w/guest Rachel Miller at Pilates PT
November: Physical and Emotional changes for preparation of motherhood, pregnancy, birth and postpartum
December : Postpartum Nutrition
Location: On a beautiful, tree-lined homestead residence in Woodstock
Outside with nature and with a yurt during the warm months
Indoors in a cozy space in my home during the cold months
Address will be provided with registration
What to Expect
The main focus of this gathering is to celebrate, witness, and listen to the women attending this sacred gathering. All women are welcome, regardless of where you are in your individual journey to, through, and beyond motherhood. If you are not pregnant, your role will be holding space and nurturing the pregnant women in attendance.
This gathering is free, a suggested donation of $10-$20 is much appriciated.
Water, Tea, Homemade fresh oat or almond milk and a snack will be indulged upon arrival. Women attending bring a nutritious snack to share. We may cook or bake together in my kitchen if you'd like to bring something to make together.
The gathering space is set up with beauty, flowers, altars, candles, drums, and quilts, and is calm, comforting
Once in circle, we open with introductions/guidelines, oracle cards, or an intimate conscious practice.
There are two questions I ask the mothers. The first question is, “What is your ideal birth? If you could birth any way you wish, not thinking about what is possible, what would it look like, sound like, be like?”I hand the mother one of my native-made talking sticks (2) and we of the elephant circle (3) listen. When she finishes her truth-telling, we respond, “May it be so!”The second question is: “What is a current fear, worry, concern, doubt, trouble?” Again, I hand her the talking stick and we listen. Our response is, “We are here for you!”
Pregnant women will then have the opportunity to share birth dreams, current fears, and receive a foot massage.
If the mothers are willing, we talk to their babies, listen to their babies, play with their babies. No dopplers. We use only fetoscope. In this way, as the years go by, the community begins to learn how baby feels when the head is down. The community learns what baby sounds and placenta sounds are like during early, middle, and late pregnancy. Mothers love for people to love their babies. We are not assessing anything. We are getting to know this new life that will become part of our belonging. A fetoscope will also be available for women interested in exploring.
There will be group singing, dancing, words or prayer, but don’t worry, this is a judgment free space. Try to embrace it and have fun! My hope is that in time we can all feel comfortable letting go of our fears and really lean into our vulnerabilities. It is through the act of gathering with women, and using our voices, that we heal ourselves, and ultimately, heal the world. We use nontoxic colors to draw beautiful art over the baby belly. We sing to baby. We sing to mother.
We gift the mothers a blessing, often using a feather in a bowl with crystal and water. We might offer one word that will become an echo of support when she births and needs it most.
A new education topic will be offered each month- birth dreams, 4th trimester, labor stages, labor positions, breast or bottle feeding, self care, connecting with your baby etc..
I will offer and bring in Certified CPR trainer Tonya Franklin @ ACT fast twice a year in Jan and July to teach and certify you in infant CPR and First Aid ( this will be a required registration fee from Tonya )
If time allows, we will watch a birth video, or I may invite a mother to share her positive birth story (invite only).
We typically close the circle with a grounding meditation and with a howl. A calling of the pack, which baby will recognize one day. We feast. All leftover food goes with the mothers. We promise to meet again.
Community Prenatal House Rules
Moon Phases Of Life Community Prenatal is a positive space for positive stories only. We will not be sharing traumatic birth stories in this space.
Everything said in this group stays in this group.
Please drop all labels. We are not superior to anyone. We are not social media influencers. We are just women; gathering together to share and support one another in a sisterhood.
We are not here to educate, give advice, or convince anyone on how or where to birth their baby or handle specific situations in their pregnancy.
Please be respectful of each other and my home.
Nursing babies only