New mothers unite! After giving birth to your baby, you will be physically recovering from the ordeal, and emotional healing is also vital for the mother’s wellbeing. A very important task that each new mother may feel called to undergo is integrating her birth experience on an emotional and psychological level. Shelley creates a safe, non-judgmental and nurturing space for you to process your birth story. ALL mothers are welcome….whether you gave birth vaginally or by cesarean, medicated or unmedicated…..we gather together as a tribe to integrate, celebrate and heal our birth stories.
Postpartum is a time for new mothers to reflect on this great rite-of-passage and how giving birth and becoming a mother has changed us. We are all on a hero’s journey (heroine’s journey), which means we will not go back to who we were before this experience. Becoming Mother (of one or more children…) has awakened us to the point where it influences how we think, our values, our relationships and how we live our lives. By reflecting on and processing our birthing journey, we are able to extract the soul lessons and allow them to shape and support who we are becoming as a Mother.
About “The Giving Key Ritual”
The Giving Key is a ritual Shelley leads in her prenatal yoga classes when a student is at the end of her pregnancy journey and about to embark on her birthing journey. At the end of her last class, all the women gather in a circle and bless this full-term mama on her way. The ceremony begins with selecting a key from the treasure chest. She then reflects on a quality, word or intention that she wants to imbue her birth with… maybe it’s trust, strength, surrender, etc. She shares her intention with the circle of women, and writes it on the key. With Shelley’s guidance, we activate her word or intention with silent prayers, chanting and OMing. She puts the key on a chain and wears it as she gives birth. Then, when she is ready during her postpartum time, she brings the key back to the yoga studio, attends the Giving Key Birth Story Group Processing and shares how she manifested that word through giving birth. Or, during the ceremony, she might discover another word that encompasses her story. Eventually, she gives the key away to another expectant mother, blessing this new mother with the gift of the “Giving Key” for her upcoming birthing journey.
**The Giving Key Birth Story Sharing is for ALL mothers, not just those who come through Shelley’s prenatal program with an actual key.