Beautiful documentary series – and a must watch. The Other Side of the Glass started the conversation about a man’s experience at his baby’s birth and his need to be seen as having his own experience as the father, a partner, and a witness. Men across the US shared their experiences of birthing their babies as “like being in a war zone” and being powerless – on “the other side of the glass” even if present.Continue reading “The Other Side of the Glass: a film for and about fathers”
The 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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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”
In view of the current situation in North India – lack of awareness amongst pregnant parents and medical professionals as well as a lack of facilities – we have decided to move forward with a hands-on-approach: we ask for donations. The money that reaches us will be immediately used for awareness campaigns, networking & research, website maintenance AND eventually for funding the implementation of a holistic birthing sanctuary near Dehradun (Uttarakhand).
Thank you very much in advance for your support.
“I call on the next generation of young women to be the mothers of the Compassionate Revolution that this century so desperately needs. You have a special role to play in creating a better world. It is often thought that women are more empathic and sensitive, and more receptive to the feelings of others. These are qualities that are embodied by mothers. In this sense, women are models of humanity.”
~ His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama
Thanks to Maraya Brown & Family.
Given that in India the average marriage-age for men is 26 and 22 for women*, and in rural regions even earlier, the median age at first pregnancy is 20. In Western countries the average age for women to have their first baby has risen to 29 and above – and with that an increase in books, blogs and other media featuring women getting pregnant in their 40s can be observed. In contrast to India: the fact that women can have healthy happy babies also at a later stage in their lives seems doomed unrealistic (by most doctors) and undesirable. BUT once a 40+ woman is pregnant or once the baby is delivered, hardly anybody raises an eyebrow. Pregnant women and mothers are adored and honoured in India.
Time for an awareness and paradigm shift amongst Indian women, couples and above all amongst Indian doctors, gynaecologists and nurses. Continue reading “Midlife mums: Pregnant over 40”
Ina May Gaskin is the famous midwife who founded The Farm, an inspiration to birthing women worldwide, and an advocate for normal birth. She is the author of several books: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, and Spiritual Midwifery.