SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Sunday morning in Sioux City mothers were honoring future mothers with yoga. The co-owner of “No Place Like Om” holding a class for expecting moms.
“I lost a baby in 2014 and this is what led me to teach yoga and what kinda cemented my desire to be able to help women in that experience,” said Johannes.
Caroline Johannes, a yoga teacher and birth doula of 11 years, said alternative care for pregnant women can make a big difference.
“It’s been so medicalized that the trust is a woman’s body has been put secondary to the medicine of birth. The idea that a woman needs something other than what she already has in her innately to give birth, is one of the greatest injustices to a woman during her pregnancy,” said Johannes.
“I think it’s really beautiful because if you ever have any questions about birth or how you can nourish your body as much as possible or anything if you come here, space will be held for you. Care will be given it’s a really beautiful place to have available,” said Hope, who goes to No Place Like Om.
For some pregnant women, yoga helps prepare their bodies, while doulas help to prepare their minds, getting them ready mentally for what’s ahead. For Johannes getting to help mothers on Mother’s Day couldn’t be more rewarding.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been happier than I am right now in my life and it’s because I have the ability and the tools that I’ve cultivated. That I’ve worked for that to be able to be a person that can hold space for other moms and so this is my greatest joy,” said Johannes.