MY FULL NAME IS
Culturally, my background is
I live in
I am a mother to
I aspire to
On the weekend you'll find me
For fun I like to
I knew I was pregnant when
The party was over...
My favourite part of pregnancy was
The worst was
When I broke my ankle at five months pregnant and had to wear a child's cast on my leg and use crutches. No joke. In hindsight, this experience led me to the favourite part of my pregnancy; learning the value of being slow.
To prepare for birth, I
Read Ina May Gaskins's Guide to Child Birth, Spiritual Midwifery, Birth with Confidence by Rhea Dempsy and Golden Month by Jenny Allison. I listened to ABS religiously and before breaking my ankle, I was on my mat religiously. I saw my traditional Chinese doctor and obsessed over dreaming about what it would be like to be her mother. On the other side, I could have done more work and emotional unpacking to show up in my birth space with less s*it. If ever have the pleasure of doing this rite of passage again, I’d do things much differently. Birth is much more than writing a birth map and knowing your rights for body autonomy. It is deeply rooted in knowing. I have found that therapy and journalling are great tools to help get you there.
Looking back, I feel my birth was
3 words to describe my journey from maiden to mother are
The biggest challenge has been
It depends on the season; all parenting is challenging, right? Atm Sunday is three and her vocabulary is exploding. She requires lots of attention, hand-holding and explanation and in the same breath, she needs space, independence and autonomy. It’s a constant push and pull. She also talks nonstop lol (from when she opens her eyes to bedtime), so I feel like she takes up much of our household energy. It’s tough to have a conversation or get a word in with my husband these days.
"I feel challenged by the notion of having multiple kids"
On a more societal level, I feel challenged by the notion of having multiple kids. It seems in Australia it’s not very common to have a three-year-old and not have another one on the way or be holding another baby. I was 32 with my daughter, so not old but not young enough not to consider my biological clock. The thing is I know that the baby thing lasts for about four months and the parenting gig is forever. When I look down the lens of raising a human I can feel overwhelmed. I question my ability to sit in the chaos and give my best to my kids, my partner and my community. Perhaps I think too deeply or see things from every angle but I have to remind myself that only I can live in the four corners of my walls. I feel far from being ready or even in the headspace. I enjoy this family dynamic of three so much. I have never been one to go with the crowd ever, but that’s not to say being in this space surrounded by births and babies doesn’t give me urges. It’s complicated.
If I could turn back time I would have
Invested in the continuity of care and got a private midwife for my birth.
The thing I love most about motherhood is
Her. I still can’t believe I get to say I have a daughter, what a truly beautiful word. I love, lament and obsess over every part of her. I love her so much, words simply don’t give it justice.
I like to fill up my cup by
Grounding at home and making sure I eat breakfast.
My one piece of wisdom to share would be
Go into your birth space light. Unpack all your stuff. You have lots of expel so the less you have to the easier it will be to fully let go.
My favourite WOOM product is
Our Radiant Birth Book.
To me, being a woman means
I am the beginning of an entire ecosystem.
WHAT IS RADIANT BIRTH?
Founded by Yahna and in it's third year, Radiant Birth is a holistic approach to birth education in Melbourne. Simply put, this course is an immersion for mothers in waiting that combines yoga, nutrition, birth education and traditional Chinese medicine.
It is created by professionally-certified health workers that are qualified to support pregnant and birthing people as they journey from maiden to mother. Over three full days, you will learn embodied movement and breath practices to help you during labour, dive deep into the energetics and physicality of what happens during childbirth, learn the nutritional support to help you during this time as well as how to set yourself up for postpartum and life with a newborn. Each lecture and lesson is designed to provide you with the tools, knowledge and practical skills for the safest, most sacred rite of passage for you and your baby.
With limited capacity, be sure to reserve your spot today.
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