If you have not yet heard of “Sacred Pregnancy”, you are in for a treat! Today, I introduce you to Michelle Baumtrog, of Sacred Pregnancy Waterloo Region. Michelle is one of the first to bring the Sacred Pregnancy movement to Canada, and we are so lucky to now have these wonderful workshops being offered in KW! I’ve interviewed Michelle to give you some insight to the program, I hope you enjoy it!
The Sacred Pregnancy Movement has spread like wildfire across the nation. Tell us about it!
Sacred Pregnancy Waterloo Region is part of the broader Sacred Pregnancy movement, which was born just over a year ago after Sacred Pregnancy, the book, was published. It has since spread to many parts of the world and is changing the way women experience their pregnancies, their births, and their babies. It is truly amazing!
The author of Sacred Pregnancy and founder of the Sacred Pregnancy movement, Anni Daulter, elaborates, “Your Sacred Pregnancy is a journey. Our classes hold space for pregnant women to connect with one another and their pregnancy experiences in meaningful and personal ways. Sacred Pregnancy groups are being held all around the world and are the NEW WAVE of the pregnancy + birthing future. We are determined to change the birth conversation as Sacred Pregnancy classes bring back the age old tradition of women sitting with one another during pregnancy and birth, getting EMPOWERED, witnessing each others process and BEING there for one another during an incredibly power-FULL rite of passage…becoming mothers.
The Sacred Pregnancy movement is blossoming because of two things: 1. women are calling for change + 2. biz as usual isn’t enough! WE WANT MORE, WE DESERVE MORE, WE CRAVE MORE…and we are waking up to how to GET MORE! And what is this MORE I speak of?
MORE : honoring, love, sisterhood, good food, accurate cutting edge information, peace, calm, less needles and cranky vibes, JOY, sexy, goofy, flowers, empowerment, creativity, round full gorgeous bellies, herbs, tinctures, soup!, BLISS, good tears, sweet tunes that MOVE us to dance, and sweet babies born into our loving embrace.”
Sacred Pregnancy Waterloo Region is among the first in Canada to offer the beauty and sisterhood of Sacred Pregnancy to pregnant women. We offer 2 sets of classes: the Pregnancy Journey series is an eight week class for women who are in the earlier stages of pregnancy, while the Birth Journey is a four week class geared toward women who are nearing the end of their pregnancies. In both courses, each week is spent exploring pertinent pregnancy topics through participating in deep sharing, exploring art, expression, laughter, honouring, and celebration.
What inspired you to become a Sacred Pregnancy Instructor?
I have been passionate about pregnancy and birth for as long as I can remember! I spent my teenage years and early adulthood supporting women and families in various ways, culminating in becoming a midwifery student. After beginning a family of my own, I decided to end my midwifery studies to stay at home with my children. As they grew, my heart continued to long for a way to support childbearing families. During my search to find a childbirth education class to teach that resonated with me, I came across Sacred Pregnancy. I knew, immediately, that this movement was exactly what I had been waiting for. It is simply beautiful and offers what no other prenatal class does: tools to carry through life—including motherhood—while authentically honouring pregnancy’s life-changing transformation of spirit, body, and mind. Although I was not sure how I was going to manage it, still full of faith, I signed up for a retreat to become a certified instructor, and haven’t looked back since.
I love the theme of connectedness that runs through each session, and is mirrored in the journey as a whole… which allows me to (cheat and) say I love all the elements! Each way of connecting is so beautiful and profound in its own way. Since each class is really a journey in and of itself, the tools provided in these classes add layer upon layer connecting the process as a whole. Moments of beauty and strength are born from the deep inner work of releasing fear and forgiving. All the while, witnessing one another and truly being seen deepens connections to oneself, pregnancy, and others during this transformative process.
If you could paint a picture of a Sacred Pregnancy workshop, what would it look like?
It would be full of colour with a circle of pregnant women radiating warmth and love in a safe, sacred, and beautiful space. Simply beautiful! The Sacred Pregnancy website is filled with gorgeous images that capture this sacred journey in a way that words cannot quite articulate.
Sacred Pregnancy website: www.sacredpregnancy.com