The Creatress of Sister Moon
In 2014, Bethany began to delve into her deep interest in the role of a Doula and immersed herself in books learning all that she could about women's reproductive health and justice. After significant research in the complexities of birth, Bethany realized that she was nearly obsessed with the subject and was unable to talk about anything else! She also realized that many others in her life were also genuinely interested in the process of natural birth and body anatomy in general. Bethany found that many women knew very little about their own bodies and some, if not all, held some shame surrounding their menstrual cycles. Months later, self-motivated education transformed into formal education, as Bethany attended a local Doula training and begin the journey to become a certified Doula. After almost a year of training, Bethany was certified through Doula Trainings International as a Birth & Postpartum Doula in 2016 and she has been supporting families in Sonoma County ever since.
At the time of her certification, Bethany had no idea what else her Doula practice would guide her to creating, but she knew she needed to some how bring her knew found knowledge and tools to the youth in her community. She wanted to find a way to support the growing girls of today through the intense transitional time of puberty and teenage years so they can be strong resilient women of the future. Helping them find healthy and safe ways to support THEIR growth and THEIR passions as well as learning the importance and power of language and how it can influence how we talk to ourselves and others.
This meant creating a safe space to share, learn, create, support and encourage the bright lights that live inside of us from day one that sometimes get dimmed with the struggles and pressures of growing up in todays world.
After accumulating a large stack of books from topics on puberty, reproductive health in teens, communication skills and body image and listening to endless podcasts, as well as having numerous conversations with mentors, parents and peers, Bethany was sitting outside one day in early spring 2016, when a name bloomed inside of her head...
And Sister Moon was born.
Sister Moon was created to support and lift up the future women and humans of the future...for they will help carry on these important teachings and tools of inner strength and self love. A lot of the topics that are gone over during the series were pulled from current topics and events going on in our every day lives as well as basic information Bethany felt every growing girl should know during this huge transformational time.
Another big part of the series Bethany wanted to include was supporting parents in helping their daughters navigate this sometimes confusing and emotional journey of puberty and growing up. Next to holding space for the girls during this series...holding space and being able to be a listening ear for parents is one of Bethany's biggest honors.
Bethany hopes that Sister Moon continues to spread throughout the county and maybe one day the world, to help reach every growing girl and family who may need it.