Hello, dear friends and colleagues! This year I graduated from the Ecstatic Birth Practitioner Training. It changed my life and practice in the way I didn’t expect. Read more about my experience below and ask yourself if this could be something you’d like to experience too?
For those, who doesn’t know me, my name is Ekaterina Baranova. I am a Russian birth doula and birth educator living and working in Guatemala. I have 2 kids who were born peacefully and with pleasure at my home in Guatemala. I started learning about the possibility of pleasure in birth 7 years ago, before I even conceived my first child. Talking about Orgasmic birth has been my passion ever since. I resisted working as a childbirth educator until people started referring their pregnant friends to me and even started offering me money for consultations with me. Only then I decided to become a birth doula and educator.
I took the Ecstatic Birth Practitioner Training as I was looking for new tools to include in my practice so more people could integrate pleasure in their birth experiences, something that to this day very few people on our planet teach about. I believe I am the only one who teaches about pleasurable birth in Guatemala.
One of the things that I really love about what Sheila Kamara Hay does with her training is creating an international network of birth workers that support the idea of shifting our birth culture from being fear and pain oriented to pleasure and empowerment oriented. Being able to communicate to others that are on the same professional journey and discussing the common challenges we face was a blessing to me.
What I liked about this training is that I could listen to many experts talking about possibility for pleasure, sexuality and birth from different perspectives. This improved my understanding of our physiology that supports the idea of having a pleasurable birth, strengthening my believe that I’m on the right track in my digging for information and practices. I especially enjoyed being able to discuss this content with other practitioners in this course, experiencing a sort of sisterhood through our shared learning experience.
Personally, I started being more connected with the sensations in my body, checking in with her more regularly. I realized that being in touch with our bodies is probably the key for being in touch with our needs and being in emotional balance through the days and life challenges.
In my practice, I used to talk a lot during my prenatal visits with clients. Being very passionate about the subject I would spend hours explaining how things work in theory that seemed a bit exhausting to my clients and me. Altering my regular practice by incorporating body exercises that I learnt in Sheila’s training into my routine with my clients helped me to see how being in the body is an important component of ecstatic birth preparations. I started to feel a sparkle in my eyes and feeling more joyful, by making sessions shorter and giving my clients multiple points of reference for pleasure they could experience here and now and bring into the birth room.
One of the amazing things that I learnt was an aha moment when I realized that to experience sexual pleasure one doesn’t need to be explicitly sexual. There are several techniques that allow shy people (that is probably majority) to experience sexual pleasure while being unnoticed by anyone that maybe present in the birth room.
Practicing and playing with different body practices that I learned in the training, I was able to my surprise to become very creative and make combos of my own, that were enjoyed by my pregnant friend whom I used as my experimental rabbit! I also created my own version of the body practices at a recent online conference for doulas in Russia “Emotional Support and Emotional Intellect” and had great feedback from the conference participants. Even the moderator of the conference Liubov Shraibman commented that she thought my meditations were the best part of the program. Now as I am working to create a birth preparation course for women in Guatemala, I definitely plan to include these body practices in my course.
So, if you are birth practitioner that is intrigued by the idea of helping women in creating their Ecstatic Birth experience, I highly recommend you to start your journey by taking this training. It will transform your perspective, your connection to your body, bring you into a sisterhood with other practitioners and give you a lot of pleasure!
By purchasing the Ecstatic Birth Practitioner Training through my affiliate link, you will help the victims of the recent violent eruption of the Vulcan de Fuego that wiped several towns and took thousands of lives in Guatemala this week, as 50% of my commission will be sent to the rescue teams working in Escuintla, Guatemala. The other 50% of my commission will support me in creating a birth preparation course for women in Guatemala. In exchange you will receive 4 1-hour coaching sessions with me to help you integrate what your learn into practice. Hope to see you on the other side!
To learn more about my work, please, visit: www,birthwithpleasure.com
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