Preparing mind, body and spirit for pregnancy enhances the environment in which conception occurs and welcomes the future baby into the parents lives and the world we inhabit in the best possible way.
Our solar system and precious earth are turning suspended in the spiral motion of the milky way and beyond that the universe. We humans are dancing the spiral of life, no less when we give birth to our babies.
I have been feeling a little sluggish with a sore throat and missing my veggie patch in Kwazulunatal while waiting in Cape Town for births, so thought I would post a pic of my patch here as an inspiration to all women who are pregnant and battling with pregnancy aches and pains. Minor complaints of …
the major task of perineal tissue is to stretch during childbirth and allow the baby’s head to slip through the soft tissues without harm to the mother or baby. The perineal cells are designed to stretch more than any other cell in the body and once the task is complete, to resume their previous shape. The perineal tissue is also the most regenerative tissue in the body
When a woman understands the mechanics, process and phases of labour she is able come to the labour with less fear and realise that labour has a beginning and an end. Information about the different stages of labour, and how the body may feel as the labour becomes more intense helps the mother stay calm. A loving relationship with the father of the baby and tender exchanges of love and touch during the labour facilitate trust and the optimal release of ‘oxytocin’, the “love” hormone.
Historically, pictures and artifacts from ancient civilizations depict women giving birth on birth stools, or squatting and kneeling to give birth. Engelman, a 19th century obstetrician, documented upright birth positions used by women all over the world from various peoples and tribal groups. Museum artefacts of women giving birth show only women in upright postures.
Thinking about these kinds of details for a birth plan beforehand is hard, because with our first baby we do not yet know what to expect. We read pregnancy magazines with frontal spreads of glamorous model moms full of glowing advice and beautiful outcomes(that gorgeous woman in skin-tight tops with a spotless baby smiling at the camera).