When I met Steph as a first time pregnant mother at my Reclaim Your Birth Power workshop, she had a lot of fear around birth. In fact it was her number one fear - more than death!
Attending the workshop opened up that conversation and enabled her to look at birthing in a totally different way and gain a new perspective as well as calmness and peace around it. It was an amazing experience and she felt heard and understood which is so important when you are going through something so big and life changing.
At the workshop, Steph picked up the book A Modern Woman's Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth and Birth Goddess Cards - they were like calm birth oracle cards and she pulled a card every day. The cards were so beautiful and reminded her of the positive outcomes that can happen with birth.
Her first birth was a phenomenal experience - for the first hour afterwards she kept saying "I did it, I did it, I can't believe I did it!" (as someone who was completely petrified beforehand)
She says, both the book and cards were a great support throughout this whole process.
The second time round, Steph only had 5% fear and Katrina's book and cards (which she revisited again) played a big part in that.
She would describe it as infusing positivity, a new perspective, dealing with any fears that are present and would highly recommend Katrina's workshop, book and cards to other pregnant women.
Ofri Marton, mother and birth professional at Birthready, was anxious about childbirth before her first baby's arrival.
She attended Katrina's Birth Goddess workshop for expecting mums and got hold of "this beautiful book," A Modern Woman's Guide to A Natural Empowering Birth by Katrina Zaslavsky.(Afterword by Dr Sarah Buckley MD)
She felt she needed to read positive stories and find out what it's like for a woman giving birth, feeling empowered and feeling assured.
Ofri found it really interesting to discover how they did it, that they felt strong, calm and excited about birth rather than the scary stories you normally hear when you ask your friends how their birth was. (not necessarily the headspace you want to be in before you give birth to your first child!)
She loved this book and reading all the positive birth experiences.
"I read Katrina's book in my pregnancy and it is exactly what it says- totally empowering! All of the stories made me believe I could have this wonderful experience and I did. My baby came in 8 hours of blissful labour and was totally spontaneous.
I just breathed and I believed. I knew I could do this and my baby knew that as well and we worked together. It was absolutely beautiful and this is the book that made me believe.
Meet new first time parents Miisha and Ben who share their amazing and quick homebirth story.
Miisha explains how she was able to birth her first baby quickly, naturally in the comfort of her own home and with no tearing or stitches! She tells how she overcame the inner talk of "I can't do this anymore" when things got tough to the empowering thought, "I've got this!" and how she was able to have a hypnobirthing-type experience without ever attending a class.
Her midwife thought she still had ages to go as she was so calm and yet it was already time to push out her baby much to her surprise! Find out the surprising position she assumed to deliver her baby which was different to what she had envisioned.
Ben shares from a husband's perspective what this experience was like for him and gives valuable advice for other males/ partners on how to best support their woman in labour. He talks about the power of a woman and the importance of taking an active support role and not just being on the sidelines.
*This video was a live spontaneous recording at the Gold Coast Mamas to be Celebration hosted by Birth Goddess. This special event was celebrating the beauty of pregnancy and the launch of A Modern Woman's Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth in it's 2nd print edition, which is filled with inspiring birth stories and designed to reclaim our power and overcome our fears in a modern world.