Raising Your Mind/Body Awareness for Birth
Raising your Mind/Body
Awareness for Birth
If you are expecting a baby, do you fall into any of the general descriptions below? Which one? Then ask yourself if you are happy in that level. Would you like to raise your body/mind awareness?
You can always raise it by having an open mind and learning new skills. For example, if you feel you’re in Level #1, by learning prenatal yoga and other relaxation methods (and using them) you’ll automatically raise your mind/body awareness to assist your birth experience.
Level 1: This level in general reflects detachment from one’s body or aware of personal behaviors. They respond more to “external” influences, act on advice from others rather than listen to their own intuition, needs, and desires. They look to others, gadgets, medications, or things to solve/fix their challenges. Their “world” is an “external” one and are unaware of how their body’s health, at any given time or moment, reflects their personal mindset, emotional state, and lifestyle.
Expectant women may not feel “connected” with their body and baby during pregnancy, fear labor, and want to use medications through the labor process (which is fine). Because they depend on external things and others to have all the answers, when it comes to childbirth it can be more challenging because the birth process is an “internal” one that she has to experience physically and emotionally. Many of these women do not believe that relaxation techniques work, and expect labor to be painful.
Level 2: This level displays more awareness of self and their behaviors – how their actions may influence outcomes of any given situation. They may dabble in Yoga, hypnosis, or meditation, etc. But don’t take it seriously. They are more inclined to take responsibility for their challenges. They may be proactive in seeking the information they need to solve or enhance a situation.
For expectant women, they tend to be more connected with their baby during pregnancy and are usually on the fence about using medications for labor. They may believe relaxation methods work, but are not convinced.
Level 3: This level often shows those who are more in touch with their “internal” being. Meaning they know their thoughts and feelings have a direct impact on their body and lifestyle. They are usually very involved in some kind of personal development, meditation, or other enlightening program that brings them to a better understanding and awareness of themselves and how they impact the world around them. They tend to take responsibility for challenges and may ask the question “what can I learn from this?”
Expectant women tend to be highly in touch with their sexuality, “connected” with their baby during pregnancy, their innate intuition, understand how their body works, and trust their abilities. Often these women may have home births, or use a birth center, or a hospital. They may seek a midwife, and often use relaxation methods such as hypnosis or meditation because they believe these techniques will work for them. They usually want to have an unmediated birth experience.