May is Pregnancy Awareness Month — a month of events and media that celebrate this special time in a woman’s life. The activities this year are being kicked off with the 6th Annual Signature Pregnancy Awareness Month™ Event on Sunday May 5th from noon to 4 p.m. in Santa Monica. Dr. Greene is speaking at the kick-off event. In honor of this important month, we are re-publishing five posts by founder Anna Getty. Originally posted May 2009.
Every where I go people are asking me what the impetus was to create Pregnancy Awareness Month in the first place.
Thinking back to the inception of PAM I recall various conversations I had in my prenatal yoga classes. Women who were coming into class feeling overwhelmed, afraid, anxious and disempowered. A far cry from the glow of anticipated motherhood.
The yoga, meditation, group discussions, sense of community, and ultimately their own commitment to bravely working their own processes and fully stepping into their choices helped them, but I wanted to celebrate women embarking on this journey as well as create a national, and yes ultimately, international platform where women felt empowered, nurtured and supported while they made clear and conscious decisions about the way they chose to birth and parent.
Of course I have also made it a point to interlace the many aspects that I believe are part of a healthy pregnancy and healthy and happy baby and mom. Green, organic, and sustainable education in addition the other key initiatives is important as women who move into motherhood develop a stronger relationship to Mother Earth.