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Consciously Navigating Pregnancy and Parenthood in a Pandemic

Author of Raising Generation C: Pregnancy, Pandemic, Parenting Angelika Sharma shares how expecting parents can navigate this life chapter during a pandemic.

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Stepping into parenthood is not just a life-altering experience but also one that comes with unknowns and uncharted waters. But parenthood in a global pandemic? That’s a whole new ball game. I sat down with Usui Reiki Master Teacher and Author Angelika Sharma to learn more about her experience as a new mom during the COVID-19 pandemic that inspired her to share her experiences in her new book, Raising Generation C: Pregnancy, Pandemic, Parenting.

Can you tell me about the journey to writing this book?

Surprisingly, I only really had to make the decision to release the book, as the writing part took care of itself. Whenever I rocked my baby to sleep, walking up and down the same dark hallway, these thoughts and sentences kept repeating in my mind. I would realize things such as the fact that I gave birth on Zoom (because my doula could not be in the room) months later and the thoughts circled until I wrote them down. It calmed my mind to process the experience in this way. I then also gained the clarity that I wanted to use my writing to reach out to others and start the conversation on what so many new parents are going through right now.

What helped you shift your mindset to approach this time with adaptability?

As a Reiki Master Teacher, self-healing is part of my daily practice; that said, this experience required a full tool-kit of approaches, such as writing to process, self-Reiki, and becoming conscious of new ways of coping I was developing. I knew this was going to be uncomfortable and that avoiding it would only make it harder, so I leaned in. There were good days and really hard days, and on the latter, it was always my husband who saved the day by holding space for me and bringing me back to center.

Based on your experience, what nuggets of advice can you give expecting parents who are journeying pregnancy and postpartum during this time?

  1. It’s hard but also full of joy, but you have to feel both (in healthy ways).
  2. Postpartum mixed withCOVID overwhelm is hard. There is an opportunity to be raw and real in unexpected ways because truly no one expects another human being right now to have it all together.
  3. Time alone can come in tiny chunks in isolation but make it a priority to take it.
  4. If you have social anxiety around meeting others in person, it’s OK to have your own rules and stick to them. There is no single best way or proven way to do this.
  5. Time to connect with friends can come in tiny chunks, too. People now are happier to connect for 5 min on facetime (until the next diaper), without putting on a face first, than ever before.
  6. Identify your virtual village: Other moms, friends, family. There always is a mom who is awake.
  7. Find your outlet: Thoughts that repeat on your mind ought to be written down or spoken or shared in some form, even a simple whiteboard shared with a co-parent.

Are there any other takeaways that may help parents navigate these unprecedented times?

  • In all the fear I failed to foresee the joyful moments: they will come
  • I have come to understand that the birth support I received (doula on zoom) was more comprehensive than I even had imagined pre-pandemic.
  • Once we broaden our view, we can be compassionate with those whose roles too are different to what they had expected: Dads, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
  • There is comfort in knowing we are all just doing our best given the circumstances. It will change.

How can the rest of us support expecting parents during this time, despite the limitations of a pandemic?

Make them feel seen: for all the goodness and for all the hard stuff too. Imagine that they are running a marathon for the first time and you’re standing by the sidelines. Perhaps you have run one yourself, perhaps you can’t imagine what they’re going through. We don’t have to have solutions for everyone’s specific journey to be able to let them know that we are standing on the sideline, cheering them on, handing them water, or whatever is possible if they ask us to help. And when the time is right and we can all be together again in person, be there to welcome them – perhaps with a hug or little celebration as you would welcome someone who has just run a marathon.

About Raising Generation C: Pregnancy, Pandemic, Parenting

Want to be a fly on the wall glimpsing the real life of a new mom of 2020? Look no further for a heartfelt and lighthearted account to start the conversation on Generation C.

In 2020, pregnancy and becoming a parent seriously changed: from giving birth on Zoom to leaving the house in any way – you will find it documented here. Grab your favorite quarantine snack and join a new mom, her husband, and 6-month-old baby, who is convinced her grandparents live in an iPad.Eleven essays document the ups and downs of preparing and worrying about how to be a new parent during a pandemic, to wondering how anyone did it before one. It’s the book on parenthood you have time to read.

Get your copy here.

Leena Lemos is the Founder of House of Enlightenedhood, author, podcaster, and speaker. As a leading millennial voice in spirituality, Leena is on a mission to disrupt the current spiritual paradigm to make spirituality more accessible to every soul on this planet.

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I Am Healing My Inner Child with Dr. Rachel Greenberg

Dr. Rachel Greenberg shares why inner child healing is one of the most potent explorations of our spiritual path.

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I AM Series is an Instagram Live series that highlights wisdom and insight for your now moments.


I Am Healing My Inner Child with Dr. Rachel Greenberg

Dr. Rachel Greenberg (@heydrrachel) dives into inner child healing and shares:

✨ What in your child healing is
✨ Why inner child healing is so potent for our spiritual expansion
✨ how to begin inner child healing
✨ Myths and misconceptions about self-healing work

About Dr. Rachel

Dr. Rachel Greenberg is a licensed Clinical Psychologist offering seekers from all over the world empowerment practices inspired by various psychological and spiritual traditions. She uses an amalgam of psychological, somatic, and emotionally-oriented practices for skillful living. Her passion is to support the healing and transformation process and to be a guide towards awakening authentic potential and expression. She guides awakening womxn to radically actualize an aligned life and cultivate the art of embodiment, empowered creation, & deep relating.
The Numinous Path is her Psycho-Spiritual Institute for Whole Self Healing & Transformation. The Numinous Path’s featured program is HEALING BACK TO WHOLENESS, an immersive life-changing journey that helps awakening womxn forge friendship with limiting beliefs, heal their history, transcend their patterns & create their desired future.

You can learn more about Dr. Rachel at heydrrachel.com or @heydrrachel on IG.

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The Importance of Storytelling in Family and Business

Leena Lemos and Romina Cavagnola discuss how stories connect our lineages and create space for intentional vulverability.

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Leena Lemos and Romina Cavagnola of Alchemy of Alignment Publishing discuss how stories empower and connect our families and how it is one of the most important tools for creating trust in business.

About Romina Cavagnola

Romina Cavagnola is a single, co-parenting mama to a 4-year-old adventure seeker. Her journey began some 5 months after the birth of her son, when her marriage ended and she found herself a single mother.

The challenges and opportunities presented to her in the subsequent months and years gifted her clarity and growth and led her to create her business, empowering women to share their soul stories and offer hope and inspiration to others.

Romina believes in the healing power of words and our ability to heal ourselves and others through the process of writing and sharing our unique journeys.

Romina has a masters degree in publishing, as well as qualifications in project management, information systems and astronomy. She works with spiritual women in business to draw out and articulate the essence of their message.

Through her company, Alchemy of Alignment™ Publishing, Romina facilitates the writing and publishing of powerful stories. Her independent 1:1 and group book programs are designed to activate self-healing through the writing process.

Romina lives in Sydney with her son and can be found reading, going on “adventures” with her little man, looking at stars, and bursting into song at any given moment.

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I Am a New Parent in a Pandemic with Angelika Sharma

Author Angelika Sharma shares her experience of giving birth via zoom and how writing helped her heal.

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I AM Series is an Instagram Live series that highlights wisdom and insight for your now moments.


Author Angelika Sharma (@reikiandtea) and I discuss what it’s like to navigate pregnancy and postpartum in a pandemic and how we can normalize the vulnerabilities of parenthood.

Find her book, “Raising Generation C: Pregnancy, Pandemic, Parenting” here.

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