you know, the whole process really is that. i mean, wanting to be a parent, becoming one, being one--it's all a labor of love, a devotional practice. i find that i'm more attuned with myself at every level by understanding my cycle better. i can understand my health, my sexuality, my "place in life" or "season" and all sorts of elements of who i am.
to extend this to others, i'm formulating a class in conscious conception (yoga based) as part of a long series of practices related to parenting.
in the yoga studio that we hope to soon own/run, i want to offer a whole element for the family. i don't have a name for it yet, but it will probably be something like "Happy Family Pregnancy and Parenting Center."
right now, the facility currently offers prenatal stretching, massage, acupuncture, osteopathy, and active labor classes. i hope to add
1. conscious conception--preconception work including fertility charting and healing the fertility cycle, as well as prep exercises to help people think about how they want their families to be, etc;
2. infertility, miscarriage, and still birth--rituals for grief and a support group;
3. prenatal yoga that focuses specifically on creating pleasurable labor and birth experiences;
4. post-natal yoga that focuses specifically on healing the pelvic floor, abdominal muscles and hips, and balancing metabolism and hormones, and also may include birth trauma healing work;
5. family yoga, storytelling, and hootenany's for the whole family (grandparents through infants);
6. special interest meeting groups such as attachment parents, baby wearers, followers of the continuum concept, diaper-free baby folks, homebirthers and unassisted childbirthers, and a variety of others.
I'm also thinking of getting childbirth educator training (CBE) and also doula training in order to offer these services as well. i havent' decided if i'm going to be cut out for either, though people are encouraging me to try it and I would be one of only a handful of doulas where we are going (new zealand; it's rare there). i'm thinking i might just start with post-partum doula work--supporting moms and infants just after birth.
but, the greatest labor of love is truly caring for my hawk. he's such an amazing person. i love to be with him, i love caring for him. yes, some days it is overwhelming, difficult work, but it is still joyous.
i'm sure you'll discover what you need to reach your fullest potential. we all do, one way or another.
sometimes in surprising ways.