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- Birthing & Its Impact on Relationship with Self & Family Listen Now
- Abortion: The Prenate & the Mother Listen Now
- Preparing for Pregnancy I Listen Now
- Preparing for Pregnancy II Listen Now
- Trauma Caused to Mom's & Babies by Cesarean Section Listen Now
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I am English living in the USA and I have found it challenging to bring up the very important subject of prenatal (before-birth) consciousness here in America. It immediately provokes a heated discussion, strong feelings, or comments about abortion politics, and women’s rights. It seems that in the U.S. if you believe that prenate’s are conscious, you must automatically be pro-life which means you are against women having the choice of abortion. Then you are on the slippery slope of this awful polarity and oppositional way of thinking that doesn’t serve anyone.
We all need to reclaim prenatal consciousness from abortion and abortion politics! It is far too important and crucial a subject to be left moldering at the hands of politicians who use it as a ticket to get elected, or to be thought about in such a constricted way. We must liberate our early spirituality, and our soul journey. Our conception and time in the womb are crucial events in our early development, when we are incarnating, and growing our body. We must re-claim this profound aspect of ourselves, just as we need to claim birth back from the medical community, and place it firmly in the hands of people who will nurture and truly understand it. Those of us who are involved in the early journey into life, professionally – midwives, doula’s, doctor’s, etc are in the important position of being able to make a huge difference by holding the consciousness of the one coming in. A discussion on abortion and prenatal consciousness is very important, but is only a small part of what we must consider when we think about early consciousness, and is not my focus here. For those interested in prenatal consciousness and abortion, there is an audio recording of a panel on which I presented at The Assoc. for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health (APPPAH) conference 2009 entitled “Abortion: The Prenate & The Mother”. Go to the Home page of my web site, this panel essentially promotes an understanding of prenatal consciousness, and explores Conscious Abortion as the way forward.
In this short article I present a broader and deeper way of thinking about prenatal consciousness, and what it could mean to you both personally and as birthing professionals, to your clients, and to your client’s children. We are all conscious, sentient beings when we come in to life, and this is the core principle of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health, my field of work. Following are some ideas and examples about how the inclusion of prenatal consciousness could positively influence both your personal and professional lives, and the lives of those you work with:
Continue reading How Birthing Professionals Can Include Early Consciousness in Pregnancy & Birthing
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) children are some of the most wanted children on the planet. Anyone who has gone through IVF to have a child is a courageous and determined person. IVF gives many couples a chance to have their dream of parenthood come true, and it is a miracle that medical science has found a way to make this happen. Medical procedures often focus on the biological level only, and the emotional/psychological/spiritual aspects of the experience can be neglected. Conception is a powerful and sacred moment, and pregnancy is the cauldron for our life’s deepest, core templates, also influencing our brain and neurological wiring. In my work with IVF families, I attempt to bring the sacred and the practical back together, providing a balanced, integrated approach.
I am a Prenatal and Birth Therapist who works with babies, kids, adults and parents. My work is focused on early imprints, attachment, and parenting, covering the period from pre-conception through early infancy, and including conception, womb life and birth. The imprints laid down during this time affect our lives profoundly, and if you are interested in this field of work, called Prenatal & Peri-natal Psychology & Health (PPN), you may want to explore further on both the Association for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health (APPPAH) web site at www.birthpsychology.com, and on my web site, as below. You are also most welcome to call me with questions, feedback, etc.
From the PPN viewpoint, we are conscious when we begin to come in to our body at conception, and we continue to be fully conscious and sentient throughout our womb life, birth and early infancy. Our life does not begin after birth, as the longstanding cultural myth would have us believe. In my practice I have worked with IVF children and their parents, and will share with you some of my experiences and observations with those families. I hope this will help you in thinking about your child’s experience of coming into life this way, whether born or unborn at the point of reading. It might help you to think about IVF from your baby’s point of view as a conscious being.
There are three main areas in IVF that can potentially cause stress or trauma to babies, or that may create a need for some support in order to integrate the experience (this is not by any means a comprehensive list, just what babies and families have taught me so far): Continue reading How In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Can Affect Your Child
I found the following important article about the damaging affects of Pitocin, a drug routinely used in hospital birthing by obstetricians for inductions and augmentation of labor. Pitocin is specifically only approved by the FDA when medically indicated. I have added an important note at the end of the article about the emotional and psychological affects of this drug, which is rarely talked about. Here is the web site at which I found the following article:
May 30, 2010 – Pitocin not approved by the FDA for elective (or non-medical inductions).
PITOCIN (oxytocin) Mnfr: MONARCH PHARMACEUTICALS, INC
PITOCIN has been approved by the FDA for the medical induction and stimulation of labor. Pitocin has not approved for the elective induction or stimulation of labor.
Source: FDA APPROVED OBSTETRICS DRUGS: THEIR EFFECTS ON MOTHER AND BABY
Which means, that the common use of Pitocin in hospitals for inducing a mother post dates (without medical reason) is highly dangerous. The risks are too high for a non-medical induction. The use pitocin in labor to ‘speed things up’ is not FDA approved. You can refuse pitocin augmentation unless medical indicated that there is a reason other than someone’s bed space and watch ticking.
“Oxytocin crosses the placenta and enters the blood and brain of the fetus within seconds or minutes. There appears to be a correlation between fetal exposure to oxytocin and autism in the exposed offspring.”
The manufacturer of oxytocin warns the provider in the package insert:
Continue reading PITOCIN – A COMMONLY USED DRUG IN CHILDBIRTH – WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT?
I found this on the Alliance for the Improvement of Maternity Services (AIMS) web site, and I think that it is very important that every birthing family fully understands their rights if choosing labor and birth, or just birth, in hospital. It is also important to know these facts when you are considering the safest place to give birth. Knowledge is power, and only when you are fully aware of the implications of the decisions you are making, can you truly be in power and truly be making real choices for yourself and your baby’s health and future emotional, physical and emotional well-being. Karen
Many pregnant women are not fully aware of their right of informed consent or of the obstetricians’ legal obligation to obtain their patient’s informed consent prior to treatment. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) first publicly acknowledged the physician’s legal obligation to obtain his or her pregnant patient’s informed consent in its 1974 publication, Standards for Obstetric-Gynecologic Services, (pg 66-67) which reads:
“It is important to note the distinction between ‘consent’ and ‘informed consent’. Many physicians, because they do not realize there is a difference, believe they are free from liability if the patient consents to treatment. This is not true. The physician may still be liable if the patient’s consent was not informed. In addition, the usual consent obtained by a hospital does not in any way release the physician from his legal duty of obtaining an informed consent from his patient.
Continue reading THE PREGNANT PATIENT’S BILL OF RIGHTS
We recently had a new baby come into our family, and I was reminded once again, how much change needs to happen when a little one comes into the family. Everyone has to make space for the new member, both internally, and externally in the family roles and dynamics. In birthing families everyone’s roles are shifting. We are all taking on new roles, and it is very helpful to think about this so that you can be clear about what your role is, and how you want to behave. It is also important for each person to think about what they want from the other members of the family in this transition. E.g. mother is becoming grandmother, daughter is becoming mother, son is becoming a dad, father is becoming a grandfather, and born siblings having to move over for the younger member. There is a process that we are all going through to make these shifts, both internally, and in our outer roles. A pregnant family may have very different needs and requirements of their other close family members at this time.
Continue reading Pregnancy, Birth & Family Dynamics: What It Takes To Get Ready
I found this piece on the Hypnobabies Blog/Hypnosis for Childbirth
June 1, 2010
I LOVE this birth story, because it shows how moms can be so powerful during their births! Mom was induced at 42 weeks, but insisted that the pitocin was turned up slowly and refused to have her water broken.
Continue reading Mom fires OB during birth when threatened with a cesarean!
In France ALL women who have given birth, even normally, or who have had abdominal surgery of any kind are automatically referred to a physical therapist who knows how to work with the pelvic floor. It totally makes sense to me that this would happen routinely, because both birth and surgery can leave us with many issues to deal with afterwards that are not in the domain of doctors or obstetricians to understand or treat.
Unfortunately, this common sense practice is not happening in America, so we have to be resourceful and find our own support at these important times. For many women it is not possible to return to full health and comfort in their body without help.
It is for these reasons that I am highly recommending Isa Herrera’s book “Ending Female Pain: A woman’s Manual – the Ultimate self-Help Guide for Women Suffering from Chronic Pelvic and Sexual Pain.
Continue reading Pelvic Issues After Birth, Especially Cesarean Section
This paper (The Vulnerable Prenate) is an edited and elaborated version of the same-titled paper presented at the 1995 San Francisco APPPAH Congress, and is also published in the Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal, 10(3), Spring 1996.
Based on the author’s extensive work with patients, this article clarifies the conditions under which prenatal experiences may be lifelong and describes the theoretical and research perspectives necessary to understand the effects of prenatal traumatization. In addition, since the incidences of personal and societal violence are at an all-time peak and increasing, the author discusses the effects of pre- and peri-natal trauma on aggression and violence. (end)
The prenate (i.e., the unborn baby) is vulnerable in a number of ways that are generally unrecognized and unarticulated. Most people think or assume that prenates are unaware, and seldom attribute to them the status of being human. I recall a recent train trip, where an expectant mother sat in a smoking car filled with boisterous and noisy people. I asked her whether she had any concern for her unborn baby, and whether she thought the smoke or the noise would be bothersome to her unborn child. Her reply was, “Well of course not, my dear. They are not very intelligent or awake yet.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Continue reading The Vulnerable Prenate by William R. Emerson, Ph.D.
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