Love & warmth aid birth along. Fear hinders birth.

LOVE & WARMTH AID BIRTH ALONG. FEAR HINDERS BIRTH. If the acorn requires soil, rain, oxygen and sunlight, what can we extrapolate from the process of birth to understand its needs? The matrix it presupposes to exist for its best unfolding?   In essence birth requires love, safety and warmth.  This means birth requires respect, admiration,…

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IV EXTERNAL INDIVIDUAL // or, the woman's body

EXTERNAL INDIVIDUAL Birth is a gloriously physical process: mucky, primal and powerful. It is in the woman’s body that all the elements of birth come together in shaping the physical process of birthing this baby.  The EXTERNAL INDIVIDUAL is the measureable, tangible, woman’s body, and also elements of the baby’s body in relation to its…

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III EXTERNAL COLLECTIVE // or, birthing space

EXTERNAL COLLECTIVE Where we give birth matters. Where we give birth holds how we are able to give birth.  From an evolutionary perspective, we know that when women feel safe and loved, they birth better. This presupposes that she is giving birth held in love and safety by her community. But fathers also have a…

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II INTERNAL INDIVIDUAL // or, the woman's psyche

INTERNAL INDIVIDUAL Elder midwives say that labour happens here: in the woman’s mind. The Taoists said that a woman being present in her birthing was worth seven years’ meditation.  I have teased out the threads within the INTERNAL INDIVIDUAL further to identify EMOTION, INTELLECT and SPIRITUALITY. At base, this is how we and the woman…

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I INTERNAL COLLECTIVE // or, culture & systems

INTERNAL COLLECTIVE OR, CULTURE & SYSTEMS This quadrant is the ground for all the others, coming to birth.  If the EXTERNAL INDIVIDUAL is where all the quadrants manifest their influence on the woman’s body as she births, this quadrant is the root of all the others – it is the way we value women and…

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Introducing Ken Wilber's quadrant analysis to birth

Ken Wilber’s model is called AQAL, or All Quadrants, All Lines, and is a way of observing the various aspects of life. I will apply my understanding of the quadrants to birth (any mistakes in interpretation are mine alone!), as a useful way of mapping the various influences on birth’s unfolding, so that we can consciously…

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Mapping connections

We will start with an introduction to one part of a framework from US philosopher Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory that I have adapted for birth, and explore all the many elements that come together in the dance of birthing out our babies. But the truth is, as we become more and more familiar with birth,…

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Mapping the influences on birth

HOW DO WE IDENTIFY THE CONNECTIONS? HOW CAN WE BEST LEVERAGE THE CONNECTIONS FOR TRUE HEALTH? When we stand back and appreciate all these things that interweave for birth’s unfolding, we can be overwhelmed by our responsibility to the complexity. How can we discern the patterns that we can usefully work with, to serve women?…

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Evolution’s grace notes: birth is responsive and adaptive

Birth is inherently a physical process, but that physical process is interwoven with the other elements of the experience of being alive, both seen and unseen, objective and subjective, external and internal. Each element is affected by the next, and affects the next in turn. The physical process of birth is in such an intricate…

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Two acorns: how each birth weaves a unique journey within the overarching pattern of birth

WE ARE CONNECTED. INTERCONNECTION SHAPES THE UNFOLDING OF PROCESS. Let us take two acorns, dense with the same potential to become oak trees.  The first acorn sprouts into life on the shaded forest floor. It shoots up, spindly and pale, to the light at the canopy, where it leafs out, catching what sunlight it can.…

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