Did I actually help give birth with my hands? Not exactly. Did I contribute to many women giving birth without pain and medicine? I hope so … Read on for how. It’s fairly inspiring and letting go is key …
For thousands of years the female human body has been a vessel for the mystery of creating and birthing an entire human baby. I am awed by this mystery and miracle. Since the dawn of medicine, however, there has been movement away from natural childbirth toward using medicine and hospitalization for birth. (Thankfully, in 1957, my mother went against the norm, fought off the doctors, and had me naturally).
Recently I had the joy of sharing the stage at a Hypnobirthing Conference in London with my dear friend, Jenny Mullan, (far right in picture). She is a prominent teacher of Hypnobirthing in the UK. This program assists women to relax and allow the natural ability of their body to give birth with less pain and often no medication, resulting in a more harmonious experience for them AND the baby. Relaxing is the key to allowing the blood, hormones, and chemicals of the body to direct the whole event. When fear enters the scene, blood is sent elsewhere than needed, chemicals can’t help as much to create the looseness of the joints or relaxation of the muscles ~ and the whole process becomes about tension, pain, and control by medicine, rather than fluidity and the beautiful cosmic event that it’s meant to be. The national U.S. average of women giving birth with cesarean section surgery is now 31%, or one in three woman, compared to 4% in 1965.
Marie Mongan (far left in the picture) is the contemporary proponent of hypnobirthing through her book, Hypnobirthing – The Mongan Method and through teaching. She was the honoree at the conference and is a pioneer in reminding us that who we are already has the wisdom to give birth not only to a baby, but to each moment of life itself.
Where does the Sedona Method(R) come in? Jenny is a Sedona Method coach and uses it’s techniques for releasing the fears of her parents-to-be. This helps in preparation for being at peace and open to a marvelous birth. She also shares it with the practitioners she trains to assist parents in the birthing process. She invited me to share the benefits of The Sedona Method with practitioners at this international conference. I was very pleased to do so.
What does birthing have to do with you? Birthing a baby is a metaphor for how you approach each moment of your life – either tight and contracted or loose and open. The truth of who you are – beyond the body – is unlimited in its ability to harmoniously handle each unfolding moment with ease. But just like in the birth process, if you are contracted inside emotionally and physically, each unfolding moment of life will have more pain than beauty. Resistance, fear, and contraction, guarantee suffering. Letting go is the greatest key.
If it’s hard for you to believe that life can be beautiful or fulfilling, just notice where these doubts come from. Were they there when you came out of the womb or did you pick them up along the way? If you don’t go into memory, are those doubts actually here in this moment ~ or is there perhaps more space here for new possibilities – if you don’t hold onto the past?
To let go of fear is to live life in a new way. Thousands across this globe are able to do that because of The Sedona Method. Click on the Calendar link above for when and where you can learn to let go of your fear, anxiety, and any feeling that hinders you living life to its fullest birth every moment.
I look forward to personally meeting you or seeing you again soon and helping you give birth to a tremendous life.