Conscious birthing is as much about conscious conception and parenting, as it is about the actual birthing process. This online platform is dedicated to providing a holistic perspective as well as information to help parents, especially in NORTH INDIA, to make choices, which serve the highest good of their child and of themselves, and therewith, humanity at large.
The founder of consciousbirthingindia.org is a health practitioner and hypnotherapist from Germany who was on the ‘verge of desperation’ when searching for doulas, midwives available for home birthing, clinics for water birthing and experienced, holistically thinking gynaecologists in Uttarakhand (North East India). Because there were NONE locatable!
In South India there are some alternatives to the standardised mainstream birthing facilities and procedures, but the region between Delhi and Dehradun is way behind.
Everywhere in the world, the number of women who give birth to a baby by themselves – which means by their own hormones (e.g. oxytocin and endorphin) – is getting smaller and smaller. While the conditioning of women‘s minds plays a significant role, our society‘s standardised, and by expectant parents mostly unquestioned, ‘take over’ by doctors/ nurses/ gadgets/ medication is the other major influence.
Good news is, that a movement of natural birth (meaning without any medical intervention) is gaining more and more momentum, whereby women stop to accept limiting mainstream conditions for their childbirth.
“It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labor, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further. We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement. The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love.”
Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, 1953
India, the largest democracy on the planet with 1.2 billion people, is going through big changes. While ambition and strength are needed for the country’s development and growth, attention and balance are equally important. And the provision of an environment where babies, Indian society’s future members, can enter life naturally in peace and calm, can be welcomed without fear, time pressure and trauma, should be amongst the top priorities.
Short and longterm implications for mums and children after stressful, hurried, medicated and invasive births are well documented: Physical consequences (pains, reduced lactation etc) as well as psychological issues (e.g. on mum’s side postnatal depression, rejecting neonate, reduced / dysfunctional bonding with baby, sexual avoidance / relationship disruption with partner; and on the child’s side as adult: lack of confidence, relationship issues, permanent latent anger / rage, unexplained infertility, soul split / dissociation), as well as familial and social implications (e.g. no subsequent children after traumatic labour).*
With media under a rather strong Western influence, Indian women who were used to natural births (for example Garhwali women in Uttarakhand), started believing that it is unfashionable to do so. They have to be encouraged to return to their natural ways, which might take a generation of education and training.
Democracy is also about informed choices. And in this fast paced world it is more important than ever to ensure the fullfillment of the basic needs of women giving birth. To become aware of and understand expectant mums’ physiological and psychological processes, and to give them knowledge and freedom of choice.
“Being from Europe where natural birthing, home births, waterbirths and trained nurses have long ago started to be widely available – just check Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland–, I see a massive lack of such options in India. The caesarean rate here is skyrocketing at 80% average, presence of midwives maybe 2%. And even if clinical doctors promise to support expectant parents in their natural birthing process, they more often than not change their minds last minute because of time pressure and because higher hospital fees can be charged for c-sections.”
HypnoBirthing Practitioner, 2014
– BJOG International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, March 2002, Vol. 109, pp. 254–260: Does a traumatic birth experience have an impact on future reproduction? by K. Gottvall and U. Waldenstrom
– Mothers’ Response to Psychological Birth Trauma: A Qualitative Study by Z. Taghizadeh, A. Irajpour and M. Arbabi