Rite of Passage
All new life begins with a journey.
All new life begins with a journey. The child’s journey from spirit to physical, from womb to world is apparent. For the mother, the journey is more subtle. As the “inner work” of creating a baby goes on, the inner work of the mother’s spirit-building can work in parallel. Awareness heightens as a woman’s belly expands. She senses things more intensly: tastes, smells, sounds. She feels her unborn child responding to her thoughts and moods. Pregnancy can deepen a woman’s relationship with her body, also with her self. The journey is physical yet it often mirrors the less visible inner process. For example, a woman who tends to hold back from finishing projects literally “pushes” through and emerges from child birth triumphant, ecstatically in love with her new baby and her new idea of herself. Now she is a woman who overcomes and finishes.
Why Choose Homebirth?
Choosing homebirth can change the experience of childbirth from one of medical intervention, where others make choices for you, to a process where you can participate in these choices — a process which supports the physical and spiritual unfolding of your unique experience at your own pace. In our hurry-up society where scheduling overwhelms the natural and individual process of labor unfolding in a unique way for each woman, the medical term “failure to progress” has become a common excuse for intervention due to impatience. A woman’s body is in perfect balance and harmony with the powers of labor, a homebirth midwife respects this and rarely intervenes, allowing a woman to birth in her own way laboring as long as she needs to.The lower rates of interventions in homebirth mean a lower risk of subsequent complications that are often seen as reasons for caesarean section. There is not a single study that definitively show that hospitals are the safest place for women and babies. For the past twenty years, studies from the US and other countries totaling tens of thousands of births have repeatedly documented that planned homebirths are safe. In addition, the British Medical Journal in November 1996 concluded, in a special issue, that “it is imperative that homebirth options remain available but especially that women at low risk are really given a choice.” You may not know that you’re able to choose your birth path. But you are. Homebirth is legal and it is statistically proven to be safer for most women and it’s reimbursable by insurance.
Because A Woman’s Body Knows how to give Birth
Choosing homebirth is a choice to empower your self. Like the spiral labyrinth, a symbolic path of spiritual renewal, I view pregnancy as a journey to the center of the self. A woman goes within toward discovery and emerges into the world deeply changed, With her baby in her arms, she is ready for the next stage in her life, child birth is a door we pass through, never to return, As a threshold experience, a rite of passage, pregnancy is a miraculous opportunity for growth, self- awareness and mastery. It is not an overstatement to say that it is a microcosm for a woman’s whole life. I see my purpose as a guide and facilitator for this journey to a woman’s own core of who she is. I hold the doors open… the woman steps through… After her birth, that step she has taken resonates through her livfe and into the world. As one woman shared with me. “My homebirth, the chance to birth in my own way and time, has effected every part of my life.” Like a ripple it has moved through her life. Touched her as a parent. Through her, touched other parents and her community. She has touched hundreds, if not thousands of others because of who she now is. Through her, touching other parents and her community. She has touched hundreds, if not thousands of others because of who she believes she is now. Finally, a child who grows up in a family with a mother who has experienced empowerment on this level is more empowered him or herself. Because with awareness, the difficulties of labor can be a gift to a woman, helping her to release old patterns on psychic, spiritual and physical levels.
Homebirth, in this way, effects generations… as ripples across time. A homebirth midwife supports childbirth by allowing time for long prenatal visits and being willing to have a relationship which fosters and respects a woman’s individual needs. In short, the personal and spiritual growth available through homebirth is supported by a midwife who is willing to give you your own birth. Why choose homebirth? Because a woman’s body knows how to have a baby. Because in a homebirth, there is trust in the body’s inner wisdom and a woman’s ability to give birth without intervention. Because with awareness, the difficulties of labor can be a gift to a woman, helping her to release old patterns on psychic, spiritual and physical levels. And finally because in a homebirth there is less chance of interventions and that means, more chance of a healthy, natural and safe outcome. new baby and her new idea of herself. Now she is a woman who overcomes and finishes.
Valeriana Pasqua-Masback, Midwife