- Birthing with the Goddess by Jane Hardwicke Collings RN RM
- Birth and Pregnancy Goddesses from around the World
- Pregnancy Breastfeeding Tea
- Songs for Birthing
Birthing with the Goddess
By Jane Hardwicke Collings RN RM
The blueprint for childbirth- the hormonal design- is for an experience of an altered state of consciousness that has, as part of its condition, no pain. This blueprint includes a mind space of total focus, trust, knowing and a deep connection with the baby. To give birth, according to her cellular imperative, a woman must be undisturbed, cared for and supported by trusting attendants in the right environment – not told what to do and not directed to according to the clock.
The environment best suited to ecstatic birth is similar to the one best suited to intimate lovemaking – quiet, dark, private. A woman needs to be able to flow with her body in labour, the same way she does in lovemaking. She needs to let go to total instinctual behaviour with no holding back. Hormones – – oxytocin and endorphins – work together to enable the part of the brain that drives involuntary process of labour and birth to be in command.
Imagine your lovemaking experience if you were required to answer questions, talk about unrelated things, if there were bright lights, noise and people coming and going. All of these things stimulate the neo-cortex. During childbirth, this will lift a woman out of her altered state of consciousness and slow the birth process. When we experience fear our bodies produce adrenaline which will stop labour and make it impossible to relax and surrender to the process. A woman’s body is not designed to give birth with a lot of external stimulation, it will; however there will be more pain and it will be a slower process.
The pain of labour is also a gateway to an altered state of consciousness and ecstatic birth. Women need to be focused entirely within themselves to reach this space, the focal point of the pain. The need to acknowledge and face their fears so that if they arise in labour, with the pain, they are prepared with the antidotes to their concerns. A woman’s fear arise during her pregnancy, taking shape of the everyday dramas that play out in her relationships. By recognizing this natural process – the arising of her fears – and seeking council with her partner, her mother, her female friends and her midwife. A woman will come to know how to deal with her fears. This is the preparation for ecstatic birth.
The woman in labour who moves how her body tells her and makes sounds that come from deep within her is coming from her deeply intuitive self. She is uninhibited. She is untamed. She is wild. This woman connects with her innate body wisdom, surrenders, and the birth force flows through her. She lets go of her fear of death and is reborn. She is a woman in power, beholden to no one.
Birth and Pregnancy Goddesses from around the World
Just a little list that you might want to draw inspiration from.
|Cunina||Roman||Infants who are in the cradle|
|Edusa||Roman||Infants who are weaning|
|St. Anne||Roman Catholic|
|St. Gerard Majella||Roman Catholic||Patron saint of pregnancy and expectant mothers|
|St. Margaret||Roman Catholic|
|St. Monica||Roman Catholic|
Pregnancy Breastfeeding Tea
Please note: these are my own recipes and I am not a naturopath or doctor of any sort… please check with your practitioner with questions and clarifications.
I bought organic raspberry leaf loose leaf tea from my local health food/organic shop. Sometimes you have to get them to order it in but persevere… I can’t recommend it highly enough! Every town, city, barrio has a health shop of sorts or you can order on the Internet. There are also many other pregnancy/breastfeeding teas drunken in different countries, which have the same powerful effect. If you know of any please share them here… we would love to hear!
Raspberry Leaf has long been a well-known women’s tea, holding healing and rejuvenating properties for all those beautiful female pelvic organs, specially in terms of toning them in preparation for birth. Nettle is a hidden gem for pregnancy and carries Vitamins A, C, D and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and sulphur and Chamomile is a great relaxing tea.
- Raspberry Leaf x two cups
- Chamomile x one cup
- Nettle x one cup
When to start drinking?
There is much conflicting information but I started one cup from about 28 weeks and then about three a day from about 35 weeks. But check with your people about it because everyone is different. I drank it for ages after birth and then adapted it to assist with breastfeeding…
I did something a little cheeky… there were some great breastfeeding teas but far out they were expensive! For most brands there were only about 10-16 tea bags per packet and it was like $1 per sachet…so I just checked the ingredients and copied the recipe. Created my own yummy tea. Made a big jar that lasted ages at the same price of 16 cups!
I kept the
Cinnamon sticks (which apparently make your milk taste that much yummier!)
and it was great for breastfeeding! In the end keeping baby close with lots of cuddles and babywearing and feeding when bubba is hungry is the best way to keep your milk supply up.
Anyway do your research and harvest the fruits of your labour by drinking herbs from Mother Earth! Remember you are amazing! Much love to you and your bubba or bubbas xxx
You choose what songs evoke for you what you feel you need for your labour. You want endorphins surging so anything that feels good, any voice or lyric or beat that triggers warm and or happy feelings will work. Whether it rocks or not doesnt matter… as long as you feel good
These were on my playlist….
Fearless by Neville brothers
Ready for Love India Arie
Three little Birds Bob Marley
Waters Wash Over Me Tracy Chapman
Here comes the Sun Nina Simone
So in Love Curtis Mayfield
Lets Get it On Marvin Gaye
And both my babies first musical sound was Mozart’s Flute symphony
In retrospect I would have added Salt n Pepa Push it 😉