When I met Sandra Fraser Maurer and her husband in my store back in August, they had only been in town for a few days and my health food store was one of their first stops. I could tell right away they were cool people who care about healthy food and healthy living. I will not forget the day Sandra told me she was a doula. To be honest, I had no idea what it was. I actually went on the Internet and looked it up so I knew what she was talking about. Yes, I feel silly now (but hey, cut me some slack I have never given birth) and to be honest doulas are not something you hear a lot about in these parts. That is why I am excited to write this blog post.
In Sandra’s words “a doula offers physical, emotional and informational support during pregnancy and birth.” To learn more check out her website Whole Beginnings Doula Services. It is so much more than these few words on paper.
Being a holistic pregnancy coach/doula was not always in Sandra’s plan. In college she majored in art therapy and she worked in that field for a year and was very stressed out. She decided to try being a nanny. “I loved it. I spent a lot of time with moms and I heard a lot of birth stories,” she remembered. “One woman was a women’s health practitioner and she had lots of books and I became so interested in the birthing process.” During her five years as a nanny, she also became a certified yoga instructor.
“We moved to Worthington in the middle of my morning sickness,” said Sandra. Now Sandra and Bryan are the parents of a baby girl, Fiona, who was born in March.
In honor of Mother’s Day, Sandra will be offering a free class at Schafer’s Health & Gifts on Monday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. Click here to register for the class. “I want to connect with women locally who might want guidance through pregnancy and birth,” Sandra said. “I want to be a resource for moms because they are a big part of the community and the world. Mothers can change the world if they feel their motherhood journey is being honored and well treated.”
This class is for you if: you are an expectant mama, you are considering or planning on expanding your family, you want to do everything you can to create the joyful pregnancy, birth and postpartum you deserve, you are just starting to learn about holistic nutrition, you already love nutrition and health and want to learn how to start to apply that to motherhood or if you work with mamas-to-be and want to know how to help them more.
All women who attend the class will be able to take home Five Keys to Nourishing Your ‘Mama Spirit’ in pregnancy, Mama Nutrition Inventory and Mama Nurturing Inventory. Sandra is generously providing these at no charge to everyone who attends the class at Schafer’s. The regular price for these resources is $97.
Sandra hopes the local class will connect women who are pregnant or new moms. “Everyone can read books about pregnancy and birth but having a mentor and other women to connect with through it is important,” she said.
As I said earlier, I am not a mom and have never went through the experience of pregnancy and birth but I have learned so much from Sandra about supporting women in pregnancy and especially post-partum! I am so grateful to my sister and brother-in-law who have allowed me to witness the birth of each of my nieces! It is truly the most amazing, miraculous thing I have ever been a part of. What a blessing to see one of God’s new creations enter the world. What I have learned from Sandra and her blog posts is valuable information and I hope I can use it to be more supportive of new moms.
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