This guest post is written by Kristin Revere, who brought Anni Daulter’s Sacred Pregnancy movement to her Michigan hometown earlier this year. She recently completed her Sacred Postpartum certification; the sister program to Sacred Pregnancy.
As a Sacred Pregnancy Instructor, my goal is to empower women in pregnancy and childbirth, and it made sense to be able to support them during their postpartum time, as well, by receiving the Sacred Postpartum certification. I am drawn to the ways that women care for each other in tribal cultures during pregnancy and the postpartum time. Sacred Pregnancy’s new Sacred Postpartum Mother Roasting program honors women and reflects those traditions.
Sacred Pregnancy believes that crossing the threshold from maiden to mother is a massive undertaking that not only needs to be recognized and ceremoniously honored, but deeply necessitates a healing touch that can welcome the new mama with open arms. Sacred Postpartum receivers are charged with holding space for women on the other side of birth, they are reminded of being reverent with their service to them, and are blessed to be a witness as each mother starts feeding her baby milk, heals her body, and begins to seal the rawness of her birth experience. The Art of Sacred Postpartum Mother Roasters are there to wrap new mothers in a blanket of their loving care, warm her insides, massage her, create herbal tinctures for her, educate her on placenta prana™, feed her soups and gift her with ceremony.
Mother Roasters are caregivers who nurture new mothers after birthing while supporting their recovery and journey into motherhood; as women deserve to be welcomed into motherhood through gentle loving care.
On the first day of the four-day training, we circled together and told our birth stories. We laughed and cried and became honest, and vulnerable and raw together as mothers. We created birth story journals and decorated them as a way to honor the process and claim the birth. We were introduced to ceremonies to warm and seal the mother. It was all done with the Sacred Pregnancy “beauty way” in mind.
Later that day we shed our clothes and swam to the dock in the middle of the lake and designed mandala art to create our own personal signature as a Mother Roaster. I felt so liberated and so whole in that moment.
I will take bits of this training back to my family as well. The food that we created together with love and intention is something that I want to do with and for my family. I want my children to view the kitchen as sacred space and I intend to spend more time around the table together creating new traditions. I want to bring the women in my community foods that nourish and heal after they give birth or whenever they need support.
Some of the services that are offered through Sacred Postpartum include: Benkung belly binding, milk and honey honoring, relaxation rebozo techniques, sitz baths and peri-care, mandala flower art, conscious cooking techniques, mother blessings and more.
I am still in awe of all of the beauty in the program and am excited to share this with the women in my community. I want every woman to feel honored in such a way after giving birth. To be heard, to be healed, to be loved and celebrated for going through the amazing journey of birthing a child. I bow in gratitude to Anni Daulter and all the women who created the Art of Sacred Postpartum.
About The Art of Sacred Postpartum: The Art of Sacred Postpartum is a sister program to the Sacred Pregnancy Movement started by Anni Daulter – Bringing together ceremony, wisdom and culture!
About Sacred Pregnancy: Sacred Pregnancy was created by Anni Daulter. Daulter is the author of the “Sacred Pregnancy” book, the creative director and editor of the Sacred Pregnancy magazine and the creator of the Sacred Pregnancy Class Series + “LOVE labor” Method. Anni is a conscious family living lifestyle expert, a professional cook, a national speaker on natural living. She recently launched the Sacred Pregnancy Movement, which provides sisterhood, resources, cutting-edge pregnancy, birthing and parenting information for both new and experienced moms, and has created a whole new vision for birth workers. For more information on “Sacred Pregnancy” the book, classes, courses and CD, please visit sacredpregnancy.com. For more information on Sacred Pregnancy Grand Rapids classes and the Art of Sacred Postpartum services in Grand Rapids, connect on Facebook at facebook.com/SacredPregnancyGrandRapids.
Photos by Heather Goodbread Photography.