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Michelle Wenis is a veteran childbirth educator, a 200 hour trained yoga teacher and has taken additional prenatal training with Rose St. John Bergen, author of Fathers at Birth, and Suzanne Cardinal of Into This World Productions. Certified as a children’s yoga teacher via Karma Kids Yoga and as singer/songwriter/recording artist to both the “How We Grow – LITTLEseed® Program Songs” and “How We Grow – Prenatal Instrumentals,” parents are provided the tools to soothe, to calm, to nurture and bond more deeply through movement, music & simple discovery. She has taught since 2004, however, delights in the “newness” that connecting with new parents, their babies & the best parts of our humanity can bring.
ABOUT THE MUSIC
Michelle Wenis is the singer, songwriter, recording artist and performer for the 21 song CD “How We Grow.” She also wrote the single “Far Away (A Daughter’s Song for Her Dad)” for her father, who is now retired overseas, in the Philippines.
Prior to recording this album, Michelle had no formal background or training in the music profession. “My parents used to make me sing. It was true torture having to sing for their friends on command,” she laughs. “I was in one or two school musicals. My college room mate and I loved to sing Karen Carpenter songs on the sly. I love belting out chick band songs from the 90s, when I am having a good day. I sing when I am happy.
I sing these songs during my LITTLEseed® Program classes which I penned my ‘musical movement and fitness program for prenatal through early childhood.’ Our moms and I listen to the instrumentals through relaxation after their stretch and birthing exercises, while pregnant. We also sing these songs to their babies while they move with their babies, step by step. We witness their little ones start to gurgle, spin, flip, crawl, toddle, run… It’s a beautiful process and the songs just hold everything, all their self care, nurturing and bonding, together.
When asked what inspires her to do what she does for a living, for a life, etc… and what is in store she smiles and says, “Years ago, what I am about to say would never have been my answer. I would have said all kinds of things flowery that might seem great, because I am a hopeless romantic.
No, just before these songs came into my head, I decided I am just a little worker here. I work for a really loving and powerful guy. He has been so good to me my whole life. It is only now that I am coming to see. So, I live for the work He has for me.
I was put on this earth to encourage and instill in everyone I meet, especially moms to be, new moms, young families and their caregivers alike, that our time together matters. It matters a lot in the small and grand scheme of things. Children are here now and, long after we have gone, tomorrow. Our commitment to them begins even before these little ones are born and it is one of the greatest gifts we can offer, not only them, but ourselves.
The nurturing of adult and child relationships determines the fate of this world. We are defining theirs as well as our world with them tomorrow. We need to create a space for all of this. We need to deliberately carve out space and time to give these parent/caregiver and child relationships the greatest importance we can.
This is where my work comes in. The gift of this music, the way moms and their children respond to it, confirms all of this to me. I know I am supposed to be doing this. At least, for now. I don’t need to know what is ahead but I feel it will always be a good thing and I am pretty content with that.”
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