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Birthing with the Goddess

Ecstatic Childbirth

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.

Goddess Nationality Goddess of
Adamanthea Greek Midwife
Ajysyt Siberia
Akhushtal Mayan Childbirth
Antevorta Roman Childbirth
Artemis Greek Childbirth
Asintmah Athabascan Midwife
Belet-Ili Sumerian the womb
Bes Egyptian Childbirth
Bhavani Indian Midwife
Biddy Mannion Irish Midwife
Bubastis Egyptian Childbirth
Candelifera Roman Childbirth/Midwife
Carmenta Roman Childbirth/Midwife
Carmentis Roman Childbirth
Chang Hsien Chinese Pregnancy
Cuba Roman Children’s sleep/Infants
Cunina Roman Infants who are in the cradle
Cynosura Greek Midwife
Dekla Latvian Midwife
Diana Greek/Roman Childbirth
Edusa Roman Infants who are weaning
Egeria Roman Childbirth/Midwife
Eleithyia Greek Childbirth/Midwife
Ermutu Egyptian Childbirth/Midwife
Haumea Hawaiian Childbirth/Midwife
Heket Egypt
Hekt Egyptian Midwife
Hera Greek Childbirth
Ilithyia Greek
Intercidona Roman Midwife
Ishta Babylonian Childbirth
Isis Egyptian Childbirth
Ix Chel Mayan Childbirth
Juno Lucina Roman
Juno Sospita Roman
Juno Roman Childbirth
Kapo Hawaiian Childbirth/Midwife
Kwan Yin Chinese Childbirth
Laima Lithuanian Childbirth
Luaths Lurgann Irish Midwife
Lucina Roman Childbirth
Luperca Roman Pregnancy
Mabb Welsh Midwife
Maia Greek/Roman Midwife
Mami Sumeria Midwife
Mang Chin-i Chinese Womb
Meshkent Egyptian Childbirth
Meskhoni Egyptian Birth/Midwife
Mylitta Babylon
Nascio Roman Childbirth
Nekhebet Egypt
Nintur Babylonian Womb
Nona Roman
Numeria Roman Childbirth
Partula Roman Childbirth
Pi-Hsia Yuan-Chin Chinese Birth/Midwife
Postvorta Roman Childbirth/Midwife
Pukkeenegak Eskimo Childbirth.
Purandhi Indian Childbirth
Renenet Egyptian Children
Rhea Greek Childbirth
Rumina Roman Infants
Sar-Akka Swedish Midwife
Serket Egypt
Shashti Hindu Children/Childbirth
Sri-Laksmi
St. Anne Roman Catholic
St. Gerard Majella Roman Catholic Patron saint of pregnancy and expectant mothers
St. Margaret Roman Catholic
St. Monica Roman Catholic
Tauret Egyptian Pregnancy/Childbirth
The Hathors Egypt
Tlazolteotl Maya
Uks-Akka Swedish Midwife
Uma India
Umaj Yakut Midwife
Uni Etruscan Midwife
Yemanja Santeria- Cuba

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!

Pregnancy Tea

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…

Breastfeeding Tea

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

RaspberryLeaf

Nettle

Chamomile

Fenugreek

Aniseed

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

 

Songs for Birthing

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 😉