For years, three Maui mamas, Shine On, Haley Rabago Callahan and Emilee Saldaya have felt an unfilled need in our community for both a powerful pregnancy support group and a space for new mamas to process their journey into motherhood. As they are friends, birth keepers and mothers, they were inspired to offer spaces where other Maui women going through their sacred rite of passage can weave together community and friendship. This March they are excited to announce that they are starting a new heart project here on Maui called Moonwomb Maui.
“Our goal is to fill a need by holding monthly circles for new mothers and mothers-to-be to connect and discuss what is in their hearts and on their minds.”
This spring two circles will be starting – a Hāpai (Pregnancy) Circle and a MotherBaby (within the first 2 years postpartum) Circle. “All circles will be hosted in our homes and from our hearts. We love the simplicity of gathering in a mother’s home to share, cry, heal, connect and support the powerful journey of motherhood.”
The Hāpai Circle will be held on the first Sunday of each month from 1-3pm at one of the leaders’ homes in Pukalani and will include discussion and visualization of each woman’s ideal birth, as well as, positive birth affirmations and “birthing in power” stories. Light refreshments will be served. Those interested can RSVP for the address by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MotherBaby Circle will be held on the third Sunday of each month from 1-3pm at a home in Ha’iku and will include debriefing births, as well as, specific monthly topics centered around life as a new mother. Light refreshments will be served, babies in arms are welcome, and childcare for older keiki is also a possibility. Those interested in this group can RSVP for the address by also emailing: email@example.com.
Feel free to reach out to find friendship and community. Your voice and experiences are valued.