1. You are both
board-certified OB-GYNs, yet you have trained extensively in
homeopathic and integrative medicine (including two-year fellowships in
integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of
Arizona). What drew you to integrative medicine?
allopathic model currently neglects
the spiritual and intuitive side of healing (and some may think it
neglects healing in general). I think it is a journey that each of us
has been on for many years, and we decided to incorporate the journey
into our modes of practice by learning about alternative forms of
healing. The program at the University of Arizona with Andrew Weil, MD
was a wonderful place to learn about the vast aspects of integrative
medicine from experts in the field. I think the two-year fellowship
also opened us up to other training, like Mindfulness-Based Stress
Reduction with Jon Kabat Zinn and Mind Body Medicine training with
James Gordon, MD.
2. Your new book is Spiritual Pregnancy.
What inspired you to write this book?
It is similar to what drew us to
integrative medicine in general: there is a missing piece of
spirituality in the medical field. It also felt like there is no more a
spiritual journey than that of pregnancy, where you have one foot in
this world and one foot in the esoteric world of the hero's journey.
Having another life growing inside of you, along with the aspects of a
mother's intuition, were just too fascinating for us not to expand upon.
3. Spiritual Pregnancy
details the "heroine's journey" (a play on the "fool's journey" of the
tarot and Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey"), whereby each trimester
correlates to a stage of the epic journey where emotional, spiritual,
and physical connections heighten the awareness between mother and
unborn child. Why is this journey important?
We think it's important for the pregnant
woman to have a connection to the maternal archetype. The heroine's
journey through pregnancy is a voyage whereby the woman leaves the
comfort of being alone or simply married to that of mother. For those
already with children the voyage may be familiar, but life is still
going to change. We feel it is important to show that, while most
hero's journeys are those of men, that women hold the true hero's
journey by bringing life into the world—and that that might be
4. What types of
exercises does Spiritual Pregnancy include
to help mother and child strengthen their bond?
We discuss many things, from specially
designed yoga postures to meditative and guided imagery practices. The
pregnant woman will also learn various forms of journaling and
historical anecdotes that will help her connect to the maternal
archetype of the cosmos.
5. Is there any
prior knowledge needed for those expectant mothers wishing to create a
spiritual pregnancy with the help of your book?
the full interview.