Conscious birthing is as much about conscious conception and parenting, as it is about the actual natural birthing process. This online platform is dedicated to providing a holistic perspective as well as a broad spectrum of information and contacts to help parents to make choices, which serve the highest good of their child and themselves, and with that 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).
While Mumbai and Goa offer already some good alternatives to the standardised allopathic birthing procedures, Delhi and Dehradun are 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 billion people, is going through big changes with the new government. While ambition and strength are needed for the country’s development and expansion, pace and balance 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?
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