Rehearsing Your Birth

Pregnant womanStart rehearsing the birth of your baby in the 32nd week (beginning of the eighth month) or, if you’re carrying twins, in the 28th week. You can do this exercise every day once a day (or more, if you wish) until the baby’s birth. Do it during your lunch break, when you can take time to rest and reconnect with your baby—and do it only after you have made contact with your baby using Going Into the Womb to Visit your Child.

REHEARSING THE BIRTH—THE FLOWER

Close your eyes. Breathe out slowly three times, counting down from 3 to 1, seeing the numbers in your mind’s eye. See the number 1 as tall, clear, and bright. Turn your eyes inward into your body. Your eyes are very bright, illuminating the way. Travel down to the amniotic sac.

Breathe out. When you come to the amniotic sac, look in to see your baby floating freely and comfortably in the clear blue amniotic waters.

Breathe out. Make eye contact with your baby, smile, and talk to her, telling her everything you want to say today.

Breathe out. Tell your baby that you and she are going to rehearse her birth. You are going to show her exactly what will happen when she is ready to be born. Tell her how excited you are at the thought of soon seeing her face and holding her in your arms. You are going to lead your baby through a visualization of her perfect birth.

Breathe out. Visualize your baby turning to be head down, face toward your sacrum, in the perfect birthing position. See that the cord is floating upward from the belly button, free and unencumbered, and will remain so throughout the birth.

Breathe out. See that your baby’s head is resting at the stem of an upside-down flower whose bud is beginning to open up slowly, petal by petal, until the flower is completely and widely open.

Breathe out. Now visualize your baby sliding down the stem of the flower in a rush of waters and lubricating oils, the cord floating up freely.

Breathe out. See your baby come out through the wide opening of the flower into a magnificent garden and into your partner’s arms.

Breathe out. See your partner placing your baby on your chest. Feel the exhilaration and joy as you hold her in your arms and look at her face for the first time. Hear all of nature rejoicing in the arrival of your newborn.

Breathe out and open your eyes.

 

BK03773-DreamBirth-published-coverExcerpted from DreamBirth: Transforming the Journey of Childbirth through Imagery by Catherine Shainberg, PhD. Copyright 2013 Catherine Shainberg PhD. To be published by Sounds True in January 2014.

 

 

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UnknownCatherine Shainberg is the founder of the School of Images and has over 40 years of experience in adapting traditional practices into a modern medical context. She is the author of Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming (Inner Traditions, 2005), and teaches live workshops internationally. Dr. Shainberg has a private practice in New York City. For more, visit schoolofimages.com.

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