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Getting to Know Karen McWilliam

Posted on February 24 2015

On Monday March 9th This Little Piggy will be hosting our first ever Hypnobirthing workshop, before we get started I thought it might be nice for you to get to know Karen McWilliam from Transitionings Prenatal and Postpartum support. 

 

I asked Karen a few questions about how she got started, what every mom needs and what inspires her:

 

1. Why did you start working in this profession

It found me - I was working in Dawson City, Yukon and the Prenatal Program there at the time was in need of a Director. I had worked for the parent organization (the women's shelter) in the past and they felt I would be a good fit. I was sent on a series of trainings (Jack Newman came to Whitehorse to teach a breastfeeding workshop), as well as working with the Whitehorse Midwives, and it became clear to me almost immediately that this was my calling. 
As is often the case when a vocation or calling is upon us, I was fed immediately by all elements of the birthing world: physically it is challenging (late nights, long hours, awkward positions for my body to be in...), mentally ( I need to be well educated and well versed in latest information in order to guide women and their partners on a variety of different options available to them so that they can find what resonates with them and their baby), emotionally ( I am present for each woman's emotional journey as she navigates all the myriad of often conflicting and varied emotions that come with finding out one is pregnant, their changing body, giving birth and then the early postpartum period), and spiritually (to support, guide, assist, witness, hold space.....for a woman (and partner) as she journeys, transitions, from maiden to mother. This perhaps is, for me, the pinnacle of what I do and why. There is something so simple yet profoundly beautiful being present at that shift in a woman's life. Of course it is there for the partner as well, but not ever in the same way as it is for the birthing mother. It is a moment or series of moments that underlines the power and ineffable strength and beauty of WOMAN. :

 

2.What have you recently been inspired by?

  • In reconnecting with chakras and how the powerful energy of the body and energy fields shift so dramatically during pregnancy. 
  • I am inspired by the women I work with, their babies within, and the little teachers that emerge once they are born. 
  • I am inspired by my children, my mentors, and each woman who faces her deepest and darkest fear with tears, honest longing for change and rises rejoicing from her journey a changed and wiser person. 
  • I am inspired by this poem: 

“She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of fear. She let go of the judgements. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all the memories that held her back. She let go of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go. There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go. She let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew  through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.”

– Rev. Safire Rose, Agape International Spiritual Center

 

3. What more would you like to see in Toronto for new moms?

I would like to see acceptance for their birthing and parenting choices, expectation that they are making well-informed decisions that are right for them, not for others.
I would like to see well rounded and FUN childbirth preparation classes, and information available earlier on in their pregnancy so they can make their informed choices before those choices are taken away. Lastly, a strong support network for each other. :

 

4. What is a product you recommend to moms often? The "lifesaver " so to speak.

I have three: 
    1. a wrap of some sort (maman kangourou
    2. my brest friend (breastfeeding pillow
    3. exercise ball (not just for labour!!)
Join us Monday March 9th at 7pm for a free and fun night as Karen shares an introduction into Hypnobirthing and discover if this is the right path in your birthing journey. The workshop is free, however space is limited. To register call 416 856-0342 or email faye@thislittlepiggyshop.ca

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