Pregnancy & Birth Loss Healing Circle
with Katie Spataro and June BlueSpruce
This circle is held twice each year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.
Mondays 5pm - 7pm Pacific Time
March 8 - April 5, 2021
The Spring 2021 Circle is currently FULL. To learn about upcoming
loss offerings contact me here.
Fee for the 5-week series:
$175 - early bird rate before Feb. 15
$225 - after Feb. 15
Pregnancy loss is very common:
1 in 3 people who experience pregnancy will have an abortion at some point in their lives
Between 15% - 20% of all pregnant people experience miscarriage
Full term losses affect about 1% of pregnancies
In addition, growing research confirms that infant mortality rates for black families in the U.S. are more than double the rates for white families due to higher rates of preterm labor, inequities in health care and the impacts of systemic oppression.
Despite these staggering statistics, we rarely acknowledge the personal and collective impacts these events can have. Sometimes they happen in the early stages of pregnancy before a person has let friends, family, or co-workers know they are pregnant. When they are more visible, these losses can be shrouded in shame and unacknowledged as significant experiences for our bodies and within our families and communities. Because these losses are hard to talk about, many people lack the support they need to grieve and seek healing.
In a safe and supportive circle, we can share our full stories and allow the wide range of experiences that surround pregnancy and birth losses. These might include sadness, guilt, anger, and emptiness. Sometimes they also include experiences of relief, courage, connection, and insight. They always include experiences of initiation.
While experiences of pregnancy loss and birth loss are rites of passage, too often they are not recognized as such. In our circle, we honor the deep meaning of these events.
The group will gather weekly for five weeks in sacred circle to:
Share and witness our stories
Plan and participate in ritual together to honor our experiences of loss
Each week’s gathering will be shaped by those called to the circle. It may include guided visualization, meditation and journeying; family constellations; and creative exercises to help hold the truth of these experiences, acknowledge the pregnancy through ritual, and renew the heart-womb connection. No prior experience with any of these practices is necessary. We invite you to participate whether your experience of pregnancy or birth loss occurred recently or decades ago.
These gatherings do not take the place of professional counseling. Rather, they can complement it by tapping into the powerful healing that can happen within a sacred circle.
Who is this Circle for?
Because we will be focusing on the womb and the embodied aspects of carrying a pregnancy, this circle is open to people who have been pregnant and have experienced a pregnancy loss or birth loss. We especially welcome queer and transgender parents and parents who are Black, Indigenous and people of color. June and Katie, who are both white, queer parents/grandparents, endeavor to create an inclusive and trauma-informed space facilitated through the lens of social and reproductive justice.
Space is limited to 8 -10 participants.
To find out about scholarships, contact me here.
"It was incredibly supportive to be in the presence of Katie & the women of the circle. Pregnancy loss is more common than we can imagine and women need to be able to process through it in a safe, healing environment. Katie did a beautiful job creating this and facilitating our group. We were able to share & offer support to one another. Through movement, sound, art and ritual; We went on methodical journey together over the four weeks. It felt so important to speak one’s story and hear the story of others. We can unite in oneness to the joys and sorrows of womanhood. Thank you Katie for holding sacred space." ~T.H.
"The pregnancy loss healing circle came to me at the most needed of times. A wonderfully gentle, sweet, nurturing, safe and supportive space to be in. Women each with a story to share and so much more. Healing, sharing, crying, laughing, honoring, listening, moving, singing and enjoying being surrounded by love and loss. So much power in coming together each as individuals with our own separate and important experience to share and be held by a group. To be granted space to open up, share ( or not ) , be seen and heard was such an important part of my healing process. To acknowledge that myself and others had experienced such a life changing ( physical, mental , and emotional ) loss was the best gift I could have given myself. I am forever grateful for my time in the circle." - CJP
"I have attended several healing events throughout the past 3 years and 4 miscarriages. Katie's healing circle was unique and special. Katie radiates a warm, grounded presence that centered the healing circle. Her ability to hold the space for the group was an impressive testament to her strength and courage. I especially appreciated her clear and definitive ground rules and boundary setting which ensured a safe space that was appropriate for each of us. I also appreciated the culmination of the healing circle - it was incomparable and deeply personal to each of us. Thank you Katie for holding the space for us."
Katie Spataro is a doula who works across the full spectrum of pregnancy experiences including miscarriage, abortion, birth and postpartum. Her practice utilizes ritual, touch, breath and movement to tap into the wisdom of our bodies to support our personal and collective healing journeys.
On The Significance of Miscarriage - Katie Spataro
June BlueSpruce is an intuitive healer and mentor who offers dream consultation, wellness and life coaching, energy healing, soul retrieval, and Family Constellations work (a method of making visible and healing family and ancestral stories and patterns). She also leads a variety of workshops and group experienceswww.junebluespruce.com