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CONSCIOUS BIRTHING INDIA

Holistic Perspectives & Directory For Northern India

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Bodyform Ad: #wombstories

87fcc2ce3017d64917caba6a6fd9d82fb854c09a_2200The campaign and short film  #wombstories shows the “beautiful complexity” of the female body and cycles. It busts potential taboos and brings awareness to a broader audience as the ad covers many aspects such as pregnancy, period, lovemaking, hormonal injections, miscarriage (woman on the bathroom floor), menopause (woman with hot flashes), laparoscopy (woman with scars). Powerful.

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Book Review: Soul Trek – Meeting Our Children On the Way to Birth

Reviewed Title: Soul Trek – Meeting Our Children On the Way to Birth
Reviewed Author:  Elisabeth Hallett

“In this revolutionary book, author Elisabeth Hallett shares with us the results of nine years of listening patiently to first-hand accounts of contacts initiated by babies not yet conceived with their parents-tobe. Her stories came from 180 mothers and fathers, siblings, grandparents, relatives and close friends who experienced what they described as a compelling vision, dream, visitation, inner voice, or subtle “knowing.” For each, the experience was felt as a powerful spiritual connection with the child-to-be.  Continue reading “Book Review: Soul Trek – Meeting Our Children On the Way to Birth”

Conversation: Conscious Pregnancy

The inner life of a pregnant woman has an effect on the unborn soul. And the way babies are conceived and birthed effects their entire lives – and our society.

Sacha Stone in a beautiful, deep and timely conversation with the amazing Laura Uplinger: Continue reading “Conversation: Conscious Pregnancy”

I am Free

With every step, the shackles fall off.
With every word & thought, the truth is resounding-
Revealing itself and shaking the atmosphere.
And if it rocks you, there’s a reason:
An unresolved pain,
We can only heal and transcend by looking,
Even if it’s heavy.

I can feel the weight of generations of women
Strapped to beds, drugged and cut open.
Yelling “No! Stop! I do not consent!”
Or led to believe their bodies can not achieve birthing the old way.
I can feel the sharp cuts
Of a baby hurried along
In a cold sterile room.

But my spirit says no.

Everything in my being says no
And yet the world’s narrative is that
“Birth is the most PAINFUL thing you’ll ever feel.”

But the ancestors are so loud!
They say, “Wait wait.
The teachings are not lost.
They are within you.
Listen to your body.
You are powerful, intuitive, and wise.
And you need not answer to anyone’s projections of fear onto you.
You are allowed to draw a line and say no
To those who denounce the knowing that lies within you.
Birthing is the most BEAUTIFUL thing you will ever feel.
You come from a mother, and her mother, and her mother, and hers.
And you will know if you need the help of different medicine to help you and your baby live.
And that’s okay too.”
Shame and judgment are just another shackle
And they fall from my wrists this day.

We have all been born from the flesh of woman
And it is long overdue for us to stand in our truth
And reclaim our long lineage of sovereignty and wisdom.
May we stand free from bondage and oppression.
May we move freely as our body is asking
And take the time to listen to OUR natural rhythms.

The chains of fear and control have no jurisdiction in this sacred temple.
We are sovereign and we reclaim the teachings that were burned at the stake, and taken by the swords of colonizers.
I will not cower in submission.
I will stand up, speak out, and be heard.

Repeat after me
I am free.

by A. Kimimila 

Mainstream Media features Benefits of Waterbirth & Natural Delivery

Original article written by Jayashree Narayanan, New Delhi

While conventional labour delivery involves routine interventions which can be painful to the mother, like episiotomy (a surgical cut made near the vagina), in water birth, the mother spends the final stages of labour in a birthing pool which allows for a more relaxing, comfortable, and less complex delivery process.

In India, while childbirth and motherhood are commonly projected as the most gratifying experiences for a woman, scare-mongering, tales of excruciating labour pains and births gone wrong are often extensively told and re-told. Added to it is the “mechanical approach at hospitals” which is driving women to look for a more personalised and curated prenatal care and childbirth, turning the focus on concepts of natural and even home births.

Back in 2008, after the birth of her first child, Shivani Sharma realised how childbirth is viewed as a ‘suffering’ due to gruelling labour pains rather than ‘celebrated’ as a wonderful moment that carries glory with it. “I was disappointed when I saw how my friends and cousins who were giving birth came to imbibe the idea that child birth is plain suffering. After my daughter was born through a normal delivery, I started looking for more safer and gentler options for child birth and stumbled upon water birth delivery,” recollects the 41-year-old…. Continue reading: 

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Exposure to Homebirths transforms Hospital-based Midwives

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It seems like homebirth should be part of every midwive’s curriculum. Please read on:

Seeing birth in a new light: The transformational effect of exposure to homebirth for hospital-based midwives

Connect Immediately after Caesarean

This week Amber Price, the Chief Operating Officer at TriStar Centennial Medical Center, posted the above photo on Facebook with this caption: “Celebrating Nashville’s first baby born via CS with delayed cord clamping, and placed directly on mom via a window in the drape.

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Home births as safe as hospital births: International study

Hamilton, ON (August 8, 2019)  –  A large international study led by McMaster University shows that low risk pregnant women who intend to give birth at home have no increased chance of the baby’s perinatal or neonatal death compared to other low risk women who intend to give birth in a hospital.

The results have been published by The Lancet‘s EClinicalMedicine journal. Continue reading “Home births as safe as hospital births: International study”

Winds of change in India

Long awaited winds of change are blowing through India. 

Thanks to years of advocacy, the Government of India and various state governments in the country have now acknowledged the urgent need to promote normal birth and eliminate unnecessary surgical intervention.  Continue reading “Winds of change in India”

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