Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Preparation for a Conscious Conception, Pregnancy and Birth: A Holistic Approach

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Preparation for a Conscious Conception, Pregnancy and Birth: A Holistic Approach

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The field of Prenatal Conscious Parenting is rather unevolved in this culture. For some reason, most people, including childbirth educators, seem to be unaware that it is possible and important to prepare to conceive a child. I firmly believe in a Holistic Health approach that embraces the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the parents' attitudes and the child's development. I am also concerned that most of the literature on prenatal health care only refers to the importance of the mother's influence on pregnancy and child development. I would like to reveal and support the profound importance of the father's contribution to the child's overall development. There is very little written on the subject. I invite prospective fathers to go beyond tradition and make their presence known to their unborn children.

Many of the insights and inspirations for this work originate from my personal therapeutic processes both as a client and as a therapist working on issues of self-love, sexuality, intimacy, and family relationships. I learned that so many of our adult personality disorders and struggles originate from early prenatal, birth, and childhood traumas and experiences.

I have been gathering family histories that all reflect the dynamic human struggles between Unconditional Love and Conditional Love; Trust and Mistrust, Acceptance and Rejection, the feeling of being "Wanted" vs. Being Abandoned. It is through exploring these themes with myself and my clients, as well as through personal interviews with parents and children, that my ideal holistic model on "Prenatal Conscious Parenting" developed. I also drew upon scientific sources for my information, personal accounts of prenatal birth experiences, and spiritual doctrines and teachings.

Through meditation and therapeutic techniques such as rebirthing, I have been able to consciously recall my own prenatal experiences. I invite all of those who believe in Spirit to allow themselves the possibility that they too can learn to remember and heal their early prenatal and birth experiences. To do this, one must trust in one's intuitive faculties, for this remembrance of prenatal consciousness cannot be proven by scientific evidence. Rather, the evidence is in the clear insights that one receives in relation to this recall of prenatal life. The important thing is that the person who re-experiences prenatal trauma learns to use the Insight to promote growth and understanding in present life situations.

If the parents are genuinely concerned about creating ideal conditions for their child's prenatal development, they might want to consider preparing for conception as the first step. It is during the preparation phase that the consciousness of the parents, and thus the child, has the first opportunity to begin developing. Because this is relatively new work, some of what I am sharing is speculative. But most of what I am expressing is ancient wisdom reflected in some of the most traditional scriptures.

The focus of my research and exploration has been on prenatal influences and traumas as they relate to the development of consciousness of the unborn child. As suggested earlier, I believe that this is where the consciousness of a being begins, "the seed of the seed." If this seed is planted consciously and lovingly at conception, the child will most likely fully flower. Obviously, the birth experience and post-natal development are also critical for the seed to grow with vitality and health.

I also feel that it is in the best interest of the medical doctors and health care practitioners to consider learning and practicing the natural alternative birthing methods. In order to do this, they must first become aware of the psychological and physical effects of technological intervention. They need to be trained to help the parents PREPARE for childbirth so that the parents are more relaxed, and it is less likely that medical complications will occur. …

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