Welcome, Mama.

I’m so happy you’re here.

As you’re reading this, you may be feeling any number of things (& likely what you feel right now will change in just a few moments, before it changes again!).

I’m guessing among all those feelings is a big nagging one that you have so much to plan, buy, & do before baby comes.

And sometimes you don’t even know where to start.

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I look back at my own journal from when I was pregnant with my son & I had to-do lists with as many bullet points as weeks I was pregnant (& I went to almost 42 weeks, so those lists were LONG). Every item felt like something I “needed” to do.

I can see, in hindsight, how silly & distracting many of those items were.

And now, I’d love to help you shift the energy of some of your own “action items” as you prepare for your baby, so you feel your pregnancy is guided by a deep, inner knowing rather than what you heard from other “experts” that you “should” be doing.

You need not accept the cultural narrative of a consumer-based, “expert”-loving society that externalizes everything you “need” for successful pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.

Because here’s the truth: YOU are the expert.

You see, pregnancy is the Great Mother’s gorgeous built-in prep plan. Within your own experience, you will find every answer, all the strength, all the stamina, all the courage you need to do this.

And you can write your own damn script.

Speaking of scripts, first up on my now-debunked pregnancy prep “to do list” —

  • Write my birth plan (3 different versions, no less!).

The writing of my birth plan was actually a fun, creative project - I used a big pack of multi-colored pencils & beautiful paper. But what I wrote down was just… a rehash of other people’s plans & ideas someone else had given me or things I’d read in books. The process was helpful, but the real preparation came from something much different: my own yoga & meditation practice.

Around week 30, I was given by my Khalsa Way yoga teacher Gurmukh the invitation to do commit to a 40-day Kundalini-based meditation practice called the Kirtan Kriya. Everyday for 40 days & beyond, till the day I gave birth - and heck, even in birth I chanted this mantra all throughout my labor.

How can a meditation practice prepare you for what’s to come? Well, you will see for yourself very soon if you try it yourself. But my shorthand version is that it will help you discover within yourself the deepest reserves of devotion, presence, perseverance, intuition, and strength.

The Kirtan Kriya, specifically, is said to be the highest meditation any woman can practice. It can break any habit & help you through any transition or major life change. The Kirtan Kriya can help heal negative sexual memories & trauma. The practice stimulates & balances the pineal & pituitary glands. And if all that isn’t enough, it’s said to give a woman internal radiance & brilliance so she appears as though she’s lit from within! You can practice along, right here.

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And because, sometimes we do want a list :), here are my
Favorite Mama Resources to Inspire & Support You:

  1. Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth

  2. Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding

  3. Happy Healthy Child DVDs

  4. Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful

  5. Active Birth

  6. Orgasmic Birth

  7. The Birth Partner

  8. All the good, self-care things for mama-to-be & new mama: baths, massage, the mama stone for nourishing stretching skin, naps (& when baby comes, seriously sleep when baby sleeps!), nursing pads, nipple guard to troubleshoot in tough breastfeeding moments, lanolin for sore nipples, anything else that makes you feel beautiful & loved.

  9. The Birth Hour podcast

  10. Birth-positive IG accounts, including: @empoweredbirthproject , @santacruzbirthphotography - start there & you can find so many more from these accounts!

  11. doTERRA home essentials kit

  12. a playlist for you & one for baby

Let’s stay in touch. xo, Catherine

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