Dear Moms to Be :

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Whether you are about to have your first baby, second, third, fourth, or …  : some wishes for you.

May you have proper space to rest and nest.

May you practice releasing your control. May you ask for help and may you be humble enough to receive it.

May you be the recipient of good food prepared by someone else. May you have support in daily household tasks. If you have another child(ren) may you have a layered network of support to ease this transition.

May you be listened to with compassion, and may you layer on the self compassion steadily.

May you be wrapped just as this new babe will be swaddled.

May you loosen your grip on productivity and instead honor deep healing.

May you be cracked wide open, and rebuild this new version yourself.

May you take time to listen to your spirit, and nourish it with whatever makes your heart sing.

May you be held.

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I often wonder if I would have been hit so hard with post partum depression if I had the practices to recover + heal during early post partum? Since, I have learned about the ways different cultures treat this precious time and I am now impassioned about sharing some ideas so that the new mama can weave her heart into her own choices, and realize she has choices, and the option to  s  l  o  w.

I’d like to witness holistic examples of women taking time to heal after giving birth, regardless of what the labor and delivery was like. Because early postpartum is the beginning of a continuous journey of redefining the self.


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Recognizing Spirit

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Let gratitude land in my heart, seep through my bones, inform my actions + infuse my prayers.

Let my body be a work of art, an expression of my soul, a vehicle to serve, explore, + celebrate.

Let me pause and notice progress has been made.

Let me realize that each time I choose to show up I engage within + expand, and within the process of expansion I may want to shrink + become invisible.

Grant me the awareness to notice when I’ve made myself small, and instead can I feel held + supported as I unfurl?

Let me understand this way of being serves all.


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I love you, even though you challenge me so.

You are my fire that I continuously am asked to transform beside. Thank you for your constant forgiveness and enduring patience with me as I fumble.

Your strength is breathtaking, and perhaps a cause for our clashes. As I desperately want you to soften, maybe you are requiring me to strengthen. Help me not to judge my shortcomings, and see them as a failure as I navigate this all : wanting more grace than I ever seem to experience. Let it all be OK.  Remind me of what is needed, and help me to take a step back and witness the inherent magic in it all,


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A Commitment to Me :

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A commitment to all the pieces that make me whole.

May I access and honor them, and not undermine the contents of my heart.

When I am in judgement of not being like [fill in the blank], let me bow to my strengths and let my perceived weaknesses be a compass for growth – a tool to direct me where I can go next. Please do not allow the static of negativity to pull me so far under I forget my brilliance, my value, and my worth that is truly unique to me and always present.

Allow me the grace upon which to stand firmly on my two feet. Not tempted to sway for fear of being too much of me, and diluting my sense of self to meet others where I perceive them to be. Help me to bring all of me, unapologetically – so that then others feel free to do the same.

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After having my second child, I tumbled into postpartum depression, something I naively believed I was immune to.  I never even considered the possibility of it, because – well I am fortunate enough to have so many resources, and practices for well being, and I’m also invincible of course.

This belief shattered when I got shingles, was advised to see a therapist, and realized I was actually suffering. I sat with it for a while, feeling like a shadow of myself, before I truly started to feel like me again..slowly. As dark as that period was, it illuminated + uncovered a passion of mine : supporting the mother both as she prepares to bring new life into this world + especially once the life has entered this realm. Because this is where things get super blurry, and support + community is vital.

The beauty of my suffering is manifesting in these classes + workshops for moms to gather, move, and share what is on their hearts in a sacred space.

If you are in the Lancaster area, please join me for these upcoming events + if you are not, I am getting ready open up my schedule for calls of connection. More on that soon.

I want for every mother to feel held as she continuously holds, nurtures, and supports her baby + her family. Otherwise, without that reciprocal nourishment – depletion – can unravel us all.

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