How Conscious Pregnancy was Birthed…
When I found out I was pregnant I was scared. I was a newly single mom, co-running a business and pregnant. I had just separated from my husband, we were in the process of losing our house, my family wanted me to have an abortion, and the father of the unborn baby was not in the picture. To say the least, I was stressed, afraid, lonely and confused. This may have been the most stressful time in my life and how in the world was I going to nurture my unborn child, raise Kaden my two year old, and run a business?
James, my ex-husband, Kaden’s dad was my first glimpse of hope and relief when he embraced me with his love and support. I was 8 weeks pregnant. From this moment forward I slowly crept out of my fears and stress and embraced my new life. I became inspired to start a documentary with my own pregnancy.
Around the same time, Dainela invited me to a women’s dream circle. I had no idea what this was but it interested me. I went with no expectations and left full of love, light and inspiration. This triggered a new awakening in my spiritual path. Daniela trained at the Four Winds, she is a shaman, a massage therapist, and a mom. She became a dear sister and provided me with healing sessions.
As my healing sessions continued, my self-work deepened and I learned how to trust in myself, my intuition, and how to communicate with my unborn child.
At this moment I followed my intuition and chose to birth my unborn baby in Hawaii.
At 32 weeks pregnant, Kaden my three year old son and I embarked on our Hawaii adventure. An Adventure that provided more healing, love, peace, and inspiration than I could have ever imagined. Every day Kaden and I would wake up, eat breakfast and go to the bay where we swam with wild spinner dolphins. This alone was one of the deepest healings I received.
I developed loving relationships with Ben, the director and videographer of the documentary, B, my housemate, Star, my first connection to Hawaii, April and Mala, my midwives, the dolphins, and my family and I reconnected with a deeper love and understanding for one another. These months became the best months of my life. James arrived for the birth of Naiya, offering his love and support.
After my three months in Hawaii, nurturing my son and unborn baby, swimming with the wild dolphins, taking time away from the stress of daily life, I realized every pregnant woman should be gifted some sort of experience like this. The experience I had was freeing, joyous, relaxing, nourishing and nurturing. It inspired me and taught me the importance of stopping my mind from racing in the midst of chaos and finding peace through forgiveness. I released my list of “have to’s”, forgive my guilt, forgive others, and release my fears and stress.
Those three months allowed me to reconnect with myself and my purpose in life. Something I had lost in my day-to-day life.
This is how the documentary Naiya Journey Into Life came about. As I let go of my should do’s, need to do’s and doubts I found myself living a dream that seemed to good to be true.
by Kim Nelli
You can watch the documentary below.
Naiya~Journey Into Life
After Naiya’s birth I was in bliss. How did life turn to such beauty from such fear? I believe a combination of finding love and support from a loved one, reconnecting to my true self, gifting myself with healings, finding peace in times of chaos, finding trust in my intuition, letting go of expectations, allowing the universe to unfold and following its guidance, taking initiative/ownership of my fears and transforming them to peace and following what was truly in my heart as well as learning the importance of connecting and nurturing my unborn child.
Every woman enters pregnancy with a different story. My experience maybe a little more dramatic than your current situation or maybe you feel alone and scared. Maybe the pregnancy is a surprise and you are overwhelmed, maybe it was planned and you are filled with joy, maybe you have been trying for years and finally IVF worked, maybe your pregnancy was planned and now you have fears about birth and motherhood or maybe you are thinking of conceiving. Maybe you are in a happy partnership, maybe you are single, maybe your partner has passed…this retreat is to nourish all women thinking of having a baby, pregnant women and their partners.
It became so clear every preconception and pregnant woman can experience the joy, freedom, love, and peace that if felt, but how? Is it feasible to take a few months away from life? For most women the answer is NO, but you can take 10 days from your hectic life to not only experience what I experienced but learn tools and techniques that you can incorporate into your daily life to reduce stress, confront your fears and expectations, connect to your unborn baby and nurture your mind, body and spirit. I collaborated with James and Daniela to create this conscious pregnancy retreat.
by Kim Nelli
Nurture yourself and see how life changes!
What we do, what we know, and what we are still learning:
Kimberly Nelli is co-founder of Conscious Pregnancy Retreats and co-founder of Fit For Birth. When she embarked on her first pregnancy journey she shifted her whole life to support her new passions: working with pregnant women, natural childbirth, and parenting. Her personal training business now focused on pregnant and postpartum women, she studied midwifery at the International School of Midwifery, taught natural childbirth classes, and then became engulfed in different parenting disciplines. The surprise pregnancy of Naiya set her on another journey. During these months she became more deeply involved with the magic of pregnancy. She learned how to tap into her intuition, connect with her unborn baby, and release her mind. She became a disciplined student of Non-Violent Communication, Womb Harmonics, and Pre-Parenting. As she let down her barriers and fears she found herself in Hawaii producing a documentary Naiya: Journey Into Life. Now she has collaborated with James and Daniela to provide a nurturing environment for women looking to become pregnant, those who are pregnant, and mothers. She uses a blend of mindful disciplines to help women connect to themselves, their partners, their unborn children, and their life’s purpose. www.getfitforbirth.com
James Goodlatte is cofounder of Fit For Birth and is a Master Instructor at Equinox. You can say James began his health coaching career in 7th grade when he purchased his first strength training book. From that day on he has been the go to guy for all aspects of health including movement, nutrition, environment, and thoughts. He has many published articles including pregnancy health, that have been translated in 10 different languages. Currently kim and he have their own column in the E-magazine Every Little Thing Birth and Beyond 360. He has a B.S. in Kinestheology and numerous certifications in the exercise and health industry including NASM,CHEK, and Precision Nutrition. James has consistently been ahead of the time when it comes to living naturally and coaching others in finding their life’s purpose. He shifted his life and business to focus on families the day he found out he was going to be a father. Raising his children in a peaceful, loving and healthy environment is his life’s purpose and coaching parent’s to be on the 6 foundations for health and vitality to nurture a happy and healthy baby is his passion. His enthusiasm really comes alive in his presentations and almost everyone walks away with the feeling there was just not enough time of James. www.getfitforbirth.com