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~ The upcoming Red Tent! The next one is August 12th.
~ Facebook: www.facebook.com/gracefulbirthandfamilies
~ Website: www.gracefulbirthandfamilies.com
~ Instagram: www.instagram.com/graceful_family
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Hello there! First things first. Who is Katrina Galbraith?
I am a mother to two wild and lovable boys. I live in Skokie, IL aka Chicagoland; but have lived in Utah, Houston, and Ecuador (sí, hablo Español). I love to laugh and I adore the outdoors. I have come to love all the quirky little traits that make me who I am. I make a mean meatball sandwich and chocolate chip cookies that’ll probably change your life. Music is a huge part of my life and my heart beats to Indie, Rock, 80s, Bachata, Louis Armstrong and Folksy stuff.
Also, I’m in love with the idea of everyone having support when they need it and a friend to share life with. To sum up me- someone recently put it like this, “you’re a thinker, a feeler, creator of joy; a happy wanderer enjoying the journey and finding beautiful distractions along the path”.
What was your introduction to birth work?
Tell us a little bit about your offerings and your approach to your clients.
-Comprehensive HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education (group and private series)
-Postpartum Doula Support
-Mother Blessing planning/officiating services
-Birth Doula Support (as part of my path to certification)
-Breastfeeding Education (also part of my current training process)
Every pregnant person, each family, has its own needs and desires. My approach is to listen, educate, empathize, and then empower. My goal is always to work myself out of a job so that each client can take the reins and never need me again. This whole process is not about educators, doulas, care providers; it’s about babies and their families. Hands down- respect for where they are coming from and where they are going.
When a pregnant woman finds her way to you, what are some things that she's looking for help with?
Expectant families taking HypnoBirthing are looking for pregnancy and labor comfort measures, to empower partners, familial connection in the process. Sometimes due to legitimate medical issues that arise they want to know how to use self-hypnosis and relaxation skills in their journey and add good decision making skills to prepare for whatever turn birthing may take. Some moms are just terrified of the whole process and don’t know where to start, this actually happens a lot, the fear of labor and a deep desire to overcome it.
Postpartum families are looking for an extra set of hands, emotional support, someone to facilitate rest and healing.
Women looking for Mother Blessing services want to connect to their own power, feel love and strength on their journey from Maiden to Mother (the first or seventh times). They are searching for something to ground them and a support system to hold space for them while they carry forward ultimately alone, but certainly not lonely.
What is unique about your approach to your work?
My belief: Birth is a normal function for healthy women and babies; our bodies are designed to do this. It is each woman’s inherent birthright to be made to feel like a goddess warrior in change of her own path and destiny. Couple that with unwavering support from caring experts and you’ve got a great thing going
My mold-ability: I want the key players to be the families. I want to be invisible.
My intuition: I am an empath. With this gift of discernment, I can read a room, and person’s emotions, the unspoken and the unseen. And I know that each person—we’re not just crossing paths for a moment but our interactions will leave an imprint. Birth changes people. Forever. And I approach everything thing I do with this most present in my mind.
What kind of outcomes do your clients see after working with you?
-Less unnecessary interventions (epidurals, Pitocin, inductions, c-sections)
-Less PPMDs (perinatal and postpartum mood disorders, like postpartum depression)
-Less instances of regret about birth outcomes
-More empowered, knowledgeable, and overall happier with their providers
From Mother’s Blessings moms are more connected, infused with energy and positivity, and supported by her loved ones. Moms and their families have both a clear vision and the tools to carry it out.
How do you see your practice growing to serve pregnant and postpartum women five years from now?
What's something that you wish you could tell every woman on the brink of experiencing pregnancy and childbirth?
What's a favorite quote or song or book that inspires you?
“Change the way you view birth and the way you birth will change.” –Marie Mongan
“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement, not your greatest fear.” –Jane Weideman
“A woman in birth is at once at her most powerful, and her most vulnerable. But any woman who has birthed unhindered understands that we are stronger than we know.” –Marci Macari
My favorite birth book right now is The Gift of Giving Life by Austin, Allgood, Axman, Farrell, and Ripley (no, they are not a law firm, but rather the most amazing group of women you may ever meet!)
Ok tied for current favorite is The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou. It’s an amazing resource for nourishing your soul (and your body) for moms.