The major Experiment in our life
After some experiences, acquaintances and epiphanies, which started even few years ago, this year on the 27th day of January, after 360 days after the Tamerlan`s birth in our temporary house in Brazil without doctors and obstetricians , we understood that there is one task which we certainly must fulfil while we are still alive – begin to change the traditional paradigm of childbirth care, which is spread almost totally in the modern world (hospital medical birth, stimulation and cesarean section) – traumatic dehumanizing experience tremendously damaging physical and psychological health of mother and baby. We are convinced that irreparable consequences of these actions are underestimated. The direction of our way of life as individuals and humankind in general is given in its first point. And after that we inertially scud from a slap, screaming and suffocating, breathing the scalding air with fear, or smoothly launch off, covered by mother`s warmth, tenderness and care. We aren`t pioneers in this important issue, but believe, we`ll bring something new.
The essence of experiment: we, Lucy Maratkanova and Kolya Zharov, begin to build the International natural birth center GRAVITA and “pregnant” eco-village GRAVITACIA attached.
Location: Paraty, Brazil.
The main idea: happiness of the natural birth in ideal conditions must be AVAILABLE FOR ALL informed parents! Every baby is worth to be met with Love by this World.
We will keep a video-diary, where we will tell about every our step. At this stage we have only idea and great confidence in success and relevance of this project. There is no money. No experience, even no language knowledge of the country where the first center (yes, we are sure that it will be not the only one) will be based. We will tell about all our victories and defeats (which we won`t have, I hope))). We are inviting you to join us in any way: just supporting us with your good thoughts, sharing your experience; we, in turn, will share the most valuable experience with those who hesitate to start their own business for some reason due to “insurmountable obstacles”; we invite in our team those people who are close to our ideas and who really can help with their knowledge and skills; we call wholeheartedly to help project financially, because now we don`t understand at all where to find such huge funding; and, of course, we ask you to spread this information, because the main thing In this deal is to give opportunity for this young organism to sprout in all directions, and sooner or later we will see the fruits!
International natural birth center, located in brazilian closed natural reserve 6 kilometers from Parati – small touristic town on the Atlantic coast. It is innovative alternative to existing approaches to pre-, post- and natal processes. GRAVITA is a brand new way of giving new life in a maximum healthy, natural and safe manner in home setting with professional support of the world’s best midwives and family members.
Future parents in advance choose and tend their own “birth nest” in the Center, where they can spend last months of pregnancy and first time after giving birth (Brazil provides 6 months non-visa stay for the most countrys’ citizens) surrounded by people who share same vision and spirit. No stress from change of scenery, rush, communications with non-friendly medical staff, need for solving domestic problems in a new unknown setting. GRAVITA‘s professionals will take care of all your needs, starting from airport transfer. The Center provide its guests with all necessities of life.
Super bonus (!): help with obtaining permanent residence status and citizenship for all your family members (Brazil is one of only few countries, which allow that!).
Important: GRAVITA – is non-commercial social project, being funded by donations of future parents and ecovillage’s revenues. We have only one strict requirement for parents: they have to prepare for giving birth in a most responsible manner, being guided by our Center’s proffesionals and respect ecovillage’s community rules.
GRAVITA’s ecovillage – complex of eco-housing for all tastes and budgets (150 houses, hostel, camping), harmoniously placed in the closed natural park’s landscape. The project has self-sufficient infrastructure: healthy food restaurant, SPA, water pool, children’s club, space for enrichment, creative and healing practices, concessional rent of eco-vehicles (bikes, moto, cars), vast net of walking routes in relict Atlantic forest.
GRAVITACIA – is 20 hectares of beautiful nature: ancient forest, mountain streams and rivers, waterfalls, amazing view on Atlantic ocean and surrounding green hills.
It is location with absolutely unique geographic and climate properties: easy accessability of nature beauties and wonders (best beaches in the world for any taste: from calm family ones to cool spots for water extreme sports’ fans; hundreds of islands, waterfalls, natural parks, mountains); proximity to cultural sightseeings: 6 km from cosy ancient colonial town Parati (being protected by UNESCO as a cultural heritage), 250 km from legendary Rio-de-Janeiro and San Paulo; mild comfortable climate without sharp season swings.
Ecovillage GRAVITACIA welcomes future parents and all long-stay tourists, who prefer to spend cold season in warm countries. We have one main rule – respect and follow community’s life principles (care of enviroment and all living creatures, kindness, tolerance). Prices for housing rent and services will be competitive in comparison with similar in traditional “wintering” places (India, Thailand, Bali e.t.c.) All revenues will be used as a funding source of GRAVITA project. It will allow our Center to welcome all women from all over the world, irrespective of their financial situation.
Read more about Project’s benefits in “Uniqueness“