I hope you don't mind that I got your email from a mutual friend, but it is not every day that you meet someone who has such a significant impact on your life and while in many ways I barely know you, I feel as though I owe you a huge thank you for all of your support and encouragement throughout my pregnancy and most importantly in the final days leading up to the birth of our baby boy. Thank you for helping me to relax, to believe in my body and my spirit - and for helping me to squat and breathe our little Alex into the world.
My final prenatal yoga class was by far the most special for me. I arrived feeling discouraged about being "overdue", with the date set for labour to be induced, and something very wonderful happened during that class. I actually let all of those feelings go. I became focused on this little person inside me, on my partner, on all of the wonderful things that had happened to get us to this very moment - I finally relaxed.
And wouldn't you know it, I woke up early the next morning with my first contractions, savouring these early movements, and feeling confident about the journey that I was about to set off on. Alex was born the next evening - January 17th. He was a very healthy 7 pounds and while labour was long and at times very trying, I have never felt more proud of myself, my partner, and our little boy Alex for getting through it the way we did.
We are all settling in well and learning so much from each other and I would just like to thank you for your part in all of this - It's magical.
Welcome back from your holiday. I have the best reason in the world to have missed your classes Saturday and tonight - our son arrived this past Friday, two days after his 'guess date'.
I was awakened by contractions around 1:30 a.m. and moved pretty rapidly into intense labour. The midwives were with us by 7 a.m., we moved to the hospital around 9:30 and our boy arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon. I'd had a feeling that he would be born in a blizzard and he was.
All that I learned in your classes was so helpful and true: trusting that my body would know what to do, resting into the space between, working with the intensity, and breathing. If I'd had to rely on my emotional or intellectual capacities, it would have been terrifying, but it all just was exactly as it needed to be and I trusted that. Each stage, each moment just led into the next, and after some intense work and cooperation with my partner and the midwives, we pushed my son out. Everyone was so supportive and amazing. It was tremendous. We're home now and getting to know each other. I will miss Saturday morning and Tuesday evening classes, but hope to join the Mother and Baby drop-in and post-natal classes as soon as I feel up to it.
Physically I'm healing and recovering well, and we're figuring things out on all the other fronts. It's a beautiful quiet time. I don't want to waste a drop of it.
I can't thank you enough for your guidance, wisdom, and openness over the past months. The yoga classes and practice were truly a refuge for me. I hope to stay in touch and see you at the Yoga Space soon.
Are you teaching anywhere else? I want to keep my strength up and I feel really amazing when I take your classes. Thank you so much for everything, you are the most amazing teacher I have ever had. Wowwwww, that is all I have to say. You are amazing and the influence you have on others is truly 100 percent pure, real, and positive. You have helped me greatly not only for birth preparation but in my whole way of thinking in general. My anxiety is slowly but surely disappearing. I will be teaching sometime in the future salsa bellies and belly dancing bellies once I settle and organize myself. I would be happy to give out any flyers or cards for you. I would love other pregnant women to experience your amazing vibe and knowledge.
A thank you to Karen, the Wednesday prenatal yoga instructor.
I had a wonderful natural home birth that went better than I could ever have expected. Saturday night around 10:30pm I decided it was time to start counting time between contractions and at 1:30am on Sunday morning I gave my midwife a call. She arrived at our apartment at 3am and at 6:06am I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, weighing 6lbs 11oz. He's amazing and that labour was the most empowering, awesome experience. I just wanted her to know that those classes really helped me out. At my peak transition (when I didn't realize I was transitioning, I just thought it was going to carry on like that for hours) I heard Karen in my head, breathing me through it, embracing the burn. I just remembered her refrain that it only lasts 90 seconds and that if I breathed with it, I'd get through it.... it's the way it's supposed to be. She was a fantastic instructor and very inspiring... I had no idea how helpful those classes would be until after my lovely son was lying on my belly. Incredible! So please, do let her know that I had a wonderful experience in her class and that I hope to pop by one night to show off Aziz! Thanks again.
PS. Also let her know that I love the pea-pod cuddly wrap she suggested using. It's worked like a charm so far!