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Conscious Birthing: Re-introducing the Birth Process

Why seems birth so easy to animals and so difficult for us humans? Why should we, who have been created as sexual beings that come together in love and joy, get pregnant and then have to give birth in a painful and stressful way? It just does not make sense. And why have women in some cultures gentle, pain-free childbirths and why do women with less educated and upscale backgrounds usually deal with birthing in such uncomplicated manner? 

We’d like to share the most important facts about natural birthing and HypnoBirthing® as it reveals a whole new perspective on birthing (including a new, much gentler language for the process), which every woman – and man – should be introduced to. Natural birthing methods help to resolve limiting social norms and to recover a healthy confidence in the female body, in its natural instincts and in the harmonious orchestration of the mother’s and baby’s bodies at birth.

“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.”
Marie Mongan, Founder of HypnoBirthing®

The answer to the initial questions is actually rather simple: Fear. For most of their lives, women have been inundated with the negative stories of other women’s birth experiences. Everyone, from their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, and even strangers, wants to tell them the horrors of giving birth. They have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is associated with the delivery. And because of this, women today hold an unprecedented fear of giving birth. Where there is fear, there is tension, where there is tension, there is contraction, and with it come limited perception and limited physiological functions.

This extreme fear not only causes women‘s bodies to become tense with the approaching birthing date – and that tension prohibits their bodies from easily performing what should be a normal natural birthing procedure, resulting in exactly the feared long, painful „labour“ or unnecessary intervention – but also, even before conception, in a lack of confidence in their body‘ inherent capacities to birth. Most women who give birth by the vaginal route rely on pharmaceutical drugs and technologised treatments in the clinical labour rooms, because they fear they cannot manage birth by themselves.

Holistic prenatal classes such as the HypnoBirthing® program are built around an educational process that includes special breathing, relaxation, visualization, meditative practice, clearing of subconscious limiting beliefs, attention to nutrition and positive body toning. Expectant women learn to dismiss fear-based stories, misinformation and birthing myths. And they are helped to see birth as normal. They learn to trust that their bodies know how to bring their babies into the world in the calm and gentle way that nature intended.

„Wow, this is what I was looking for. Deep within I always knew natural birthing methods must exist. Now I feel truly empowered. Even ready to birth alone in a forest, if necessary.“
First time expectant mother after HypnoBirthing® course.

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.

Giving birth can be easy and calm for women. It can even be a pleasurable and highly erotic as well as a deeply spiritual experience.  And if a woman is well prepared (positive affirmations, visualisations, hypnosis, relaxation training and breathing techniques) she can give birth without any synthetic hormones (epidural etc.) and without getting her perineum cut.

„To those who say it is just not possible to birth naturally without pain, I say, “But what if we’re right? Wouldn’t it be wonderful?“
Lorne R. Campbell, M.D.

 

 

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Joseph Chilton Pearce (January 14, 1926 – August 23, 2016) was an American author of a number of books on human development and child development.

Your grandma’s and your mother’s lives affect You

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The above illustration (currently circulating on social media platforms) shows that the egg that created you was formed inside of your mother’s fetus while she was inside of your grandmother’s womb. So the way your grandmother and your mother lived their lives, affects you in the now.

This is why it is possible for babies to be born with deficiencies and already suffering illness; health carries down the line of women in the family. For example, a mother exposed to insecticides and mercury can pass this down to her daughter and her granddaughter. Because at the time of birth, children have inherited the lymphatic system of the mother (the lymphatic system belongs to the waste drainage system of the body), along with any genetic weaknesses from both parents.

Our physical aspects and genetic inheritance but also our beliefs, thought patterns and ultimately our actions (behaviour) are significantly influenced by our parents and ancestors.

We are part of the family group consciousness, or morphogenetic field, and my work with Family Constellation and Hypnotherapy has demonstrated again and again, that the family energy field intimately influences the lives of each of us. This means that our hearts, minds and bodies carry echoes and repercussions of traumas, physical and emotional woundings that our parents, our grandparents and even our great-grandparents experienced. Bert Hellinger, researcher, author and therapist of Family Constellations, advanced this theory long before a confirmation came from science. 

In essence, waiting until you are just about to have a baby, or until you fall pregnant, to make healthier changes in your life, can be too late. What you do today affects your child decades down the line.

Perfect Hands Off Breech Birth!

Screenshots of video, posted by “Mães & Babys” on fb:

Quoting the video description:

“I never imagined a birth like that would be possible. The realization of natural #childbirth with pelvic presentation is possible? The answer is #yes! Before clarifying the reasons for this possibility, we will define what the pelvic presentation is. Between the 36th and 40th week gestational occurs the intensification of uterine contractions and the baby begins to adopt a position to be born, most often with the head down (presentation presentation) which is considered the most appropriate For birth. However, it does not always happen and there are cases that the child remains sitting in the mother’s belly, so this posture is classified as a pelvic presentation. Pelvic labor is not an absolute indication of caesarean section! Many people believe that this type of presentation prevents a natural and safe birth by associating with anomalies and / or gestational disease, which in fact is a great #myth! In this type of delivery we need a team prepared to understand all the processes involved and do not intervene unnecessarily (pulling, compressing, compressing, etc. ), one of the most indicated positions is support with knees (of four), which may still have ball or shower aid. Pioneers in this area as researcher dr. Frank in points out that it is essential to wait for the baby to come naturally because physiology will be responsible for driving birth. In The Brazilian public health scenario it is essential that this subject is disseminated in the perspective of reducing the submitted of an elective caesarean section without indication because there are several studies that point to natural childbirth as the safest, the surgical conduct indicated only in births with dystocia. #Curiosity : the only anomalous presentation that is considered absolute indicative of caesarean section is transverse / Oblique (crossed in the uterus). However some professionals still choose to adopt this conduct only after the start of labor because they also consider the possibility of the baby adopting vertical position. 👶 #Health #woman #mother #sus #nursing #birth #obstetrics #neonatology video: the arrival of thayla – Youtube. The video features scenes of a labor. It’s not porn!”

Why not to clamp the cord early

“There’s something important parents need to know about that moment when the umbilical cord is clamped. And that is that at the moment a baby’s born, 1/3 of their blood, the blood that’s been going through them for all of pregnancy, is still outside their body. And what happened for all of human history is that after the baby is born, the cord would pump. It would pulse. It would push blood into the baby. They’d get 30% more blood. They get 60% more blood cells. They get iron to last them through their first year. They would get white blood cells to fight infection. They would get antibodies. They would get stem cells to help repair their body. But what happened in the 20th century is we got the idea to immediately put a clamp on the cord. To clamp it, cut it, and lock out the oxygen, lock out the iron, lock out all those wonderful things. If you wait just an extra 90 seconds or so, you get all the good stuff in your baby. Immediate clamped kids are 10x more likely to get iron deficient in the first year, which can affect their brain. So the campaign’s called TICC-TOCC Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping to Optimal Cord Clamping.” – Dr. Alan Greene

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To have children, or not to have children?

Conscious birthing embraces also the understanding that not every woman (and every couple) has to procreate. To be fertile and to consciously give birth can also mean to bring something other than a baby to the world: writing a book, expressions in art and music or any other project and venture that comes from your heart… there are so many ways to bring love, life and aliveness onto this planet, to people, animals and nature.

This post is an invitation to rigorously and ruthlessly check your self before ‘making a baby’. Below some inspiration for your investigations. After all, a child is a 20 years + project. Are you and your partner prepared for and integrated to it? Do you have the energy and commitment? Are you sure it serves your soul’s calling?

Good reasons for not having kids:

Bad reasons for having kids:

6 terrible reasons (Psychology Today):

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/tech-support/201512/6-terrible-reasons-anyone-have-child

AND: 10 Things to Know Before Having a Baby 

WHO: Individualised care is key

WHO has issued new recommendations to establish global care standards for healthy pregnant women and reduce unnecessary medical interventions.

Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year. Most of these occur without complications for women and their babies. Yet, over the past 20 years, practitioners have increased the use of interventions that were previously only used to avoid risks or treat complications, such as oxytocin infusion to speed up labour or caesarean sections.

“We want women to give birth in a safe environment with skilled birth attendants in well-equipped facilities. However, the increasing medicalization of normal childbirth processes are undermining a woman’s own capability to give birth and negatively impacting her birth experience,” says Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela, WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents.

“If labour is progressing normally, and the woman and her baby are in good condition, they do not need to receive additional interventions to accelerate labour,” she says.

Childbirth is a normal physiological process that can be accomplished without complications for the majority of women and babies. However, studies show a substantial proportion of healthy pregnant women undergo at least one clinical intervention during labour and birth. They are also often subjected to needless and potentially harmful routine interventions.

The new WHO guideline includes 56 evidence-based recommendations on what care is needed throughout labour and immediately after for the woman and her baby. These include having a companion of choice during labour and childbirth; ensuring respectful care and good communication between women and health providers; maintaining privacy and confidentiality; and allowing women to make decisions about their pain management, labour and birth positions and natural urge to push, among others.

Every labour is unique and progresses at different rates

The new WHO guideline recognizes that every labour and childbirth is unique and that the duration of the active first stage of labour varies from one woman to another. In a first labour, it usually does not extend beyond 12 hours. In subsequent labours it usually does not extend beyond 10 hours.

To reduce unnecessary medical interventions, the WHO guideline states that the previous benchmark for cervical dilation rate at 1 cm/hr during the active first stage of labour (as assessed by a partograph or chart used to document the course of a normal labour) may be unrealistic for some women and is inaccurate in identifying women at risk of adverse birth outcomes. The guideline emphasizes that a slower cervical dilation rate alone should not be a routine indication for intervention to accelerate labour or expedite birth.

“Many women want a natural birth and prefer to rely on their bodies to give birth to their baby without the aid of medical intervention,” says Ian Askew, WHO Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research. “Even when a medical intervention is wanted or needed, the inclusion of women in making decisions about the care they receive is important to ensure that they meet their goal of a positive childbirth experience.”

High quality care for all women

Unnecessary labour interventions are widespread in low-, middle- and high-income settings, often putting a strain on already scarce resources in some countries, and further widening of the equity gap.

As more women give birth in health facilities with skilled health professionals and timely referrals, they deserve better quality of care. About 830 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day – the majority could be prevented with high-quality care in pregnancy and during childbirth.

Disrespectful and non-dignified care is prevalent in many health facilities, violating human rights and preventing women from accessing care services during childbirth. In many parts of the world, the health provider controls the birthing process, which further exposes healthy pregnant women to unnecessary medical interventions that interfere with the natural childbirth process. 

Achieving the best possible physical, emotional, and psychological outcomes for the woman and her baby requires a model of care in which health systems empower all women to access care that focuses on the mother and child.

Health professionals should advise healthy pregnant women that the duration of labour varies greatly from one woman to another. While most women want a natural labour and birth, they also acknowledge that birth can be an unpredictable and risky event and that close monitoring and sometimes medical interventions may be necessary. Even when interventions are needed or wanted, women usually wish to retain a sense of personal achievement and control by being involved in decision making, and by rooming in with their baby after childbirth.

source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2018/positive-childbirth-experience/en/

Conscious Child Birth in India

Conscious birthing is as much about conscious conception and parenting, as it is about the actual natural birthing process. Although one would expect India to have holistic doctors and natural birthing  facilities available en masse – given its rich yoga and ayurveda traditions – the reality is far from it. When searching for clinics for water birthing, midwives for home birthing and experienced, holistically thinking gynaecologists in Uttarakhand (North East India), there are NONE to find.

While Mumbai and Hyderabad offer already some good alternatives to the standardised allopathic birthing procedures, the region between Delhi and Dehradun are way behind.

India, the largest democracy on the planet with 1 billion people, is going through big changes with the new government. While ambition and strength are needed for the country’s development and expansion, balance and discernment are equally crucial.

Given the speed in which India’s population is growing, shouldn’t the  provision of an environment where babies, India’s future generations, can enter life naturally, in peace and calm, without time pressure and trauma, be amongst the top priorities? (Short and longterm implications for mums and children after stressful, hurried, medicated and invasive births are well documented.)

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 about choices. And in this fast paced world it is more urgent than ever to ensure the fullfillment of the basic needs of women giving birth. To become aware and understand their physiological and psychological processes, and to give women knowledge and the 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 is 98%, 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 higher hospital fees can be charged for c-sections.”
HypnoBirthing Practitioner, 2014

Vision for Uttarakhand, the ‘Land of the Gods’:

  1. To have a reliable network of holistic birthing professionals and experienced midwives for home- and hospital births in Uttarakhand.
  2. To have reliable support from committed staff in well-equipped hospitals.
  3. To ultimately have established a holistic integrative birthing sanctuary in Uttarakhand – between Rishikesh and Dehradun – with skilled midwives and doctors (trained under international standards incl. alternative medicine), facilities for natural birthing (e.g. water pools, private rooms, calm atmosphere) and a state of the art ob/gyn department for emergency interventions. To have the space and facilities for parents to stay well in advance of the due date, and stay as long as needed. Focus: Treat expectant mothers with respect, acknowledge their individual needs and allow them to experience birthing without time pressure and enforcement of medicine or invasions. This sanctuary would balance the best of all worlds – mum’s and baby’s body wisdom, naturopathy, spiritual science and healing modalities as well as conventional medicine.

If you are interested in supporting the realisation of such a sacred birthing home, please get in touch.

Beautiful Video: Home Water Birth

Thanks to Maraya Brown & Family.

 

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