“Blessed shall be the offspring of your body…”
Pregnant with my one and only son after a couple of years of trying, monthly episodes of tears, and several doctors deeming it impossible, I was determined to relish every moment of pregnancy. The pregnancy was typical: nausea and tiredness, in the beginning, insomnia in the end, and sciatic pain throughout. However, I still refer to this time as the best experience of my life.
“…it became apparent to me, that enjoying the journey of pregnancy may have more to do with the state of mind, than the symptoms we experience.”
When asked, “How are you doing LeShanta?” I’d respond, “Great! Nauseous, but great!” After the birth and returning to work, it was more noticeable how often patients spoke of such misery in reference to their pregnancy. It was then that it became apparent to me, that enjoying the journey of pregnancy may have more to do with the state of mind, than the symptoms we experience. Just as a runner enjoys the marathon, despite the cramped muscles and diligent training required.
Observing the fear and suffering mothers endured due to the lack of proficient childbirth preparation and proper bedside support, led me to become a Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) and Certified Labor Doula (CD), dedicated to coaching mothers throughout the span of their pregnancy. Drawing from over 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) working in antepartum, labor and delivery, postpartum, and the newborn nursery, I developed comprehensive courses to prepare mothers on a mental, physical, and spiritual level.
By offering my services as a Maternity Coach, I’m able to fulfill my passion for assisting women through their pregnancy and births with full uninterrupted support. Utilizing the relaxation skills taught to those preparing for labor along with the approaches I’ve learned as a Certified Infant Massage Educator (CIME), mothers are trained to implement techniques that assist them in creating conscious relaxation after delivery and throughout motherhood. I have great pride in offering a support that aides in a mother maintaining centered peace, from the beginning of pregnancy and well after baby arrives.