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6 ways meditation helped me to give birth

what meditation taught me

Over the summer break I was lucky enough to go on meditation retreat for 9 days. The location was a beautiful meditation centre on a wooded hill, overlooking a clear flowing river near Nelson. It’s one of my heart homes, and I am always pleased to return there.

When people hear of my retreat they often say, ‘Oh how lovely. That must have been so relaxing’. Then I explain it was 9 days of silence, no talking, with very little eye contact, no reading, and no writing. Not so fun anymore? Actually, it was amazing.

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Use this when you’re doing it all and feeling unsupported…

Sunrise at Mesa arch, USA

A while back I had a 1-1 session with a lovely mama of two; a newborn and a toddler. Her recent journey from conception through pregnancy had been ‘a year from hell’. High-risk pregnancy issues, several false diagnoses, family stresses, and health problems had plagued this mother week-by-week. Her nervous system went on high alert. She felt frazzled and anxious. Even though the birth was surprisingly wonderful, postnatally she still couldn’t calm down.

In my practise room, and as she breastfed her mellow baby, I guided her through an initial relaxation. The first part was all about support. Tears flowed as she realised how alone she’d felt. The weight of holding it all together for her family, and keeping on keeping on day after day had been exhausting. Just opening to the idea that she was supported was the first step to calming down.

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From ‘never again’ to ‘Yes, I will birth a baby again’

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When your first birth was terrifying,  how do you go from never wanting to give birth again to saying yes to another baby? 

After a traumatic first birth, Amy was left with significant fear of birth, of being unsupported, and of the hospital where she gave birth. She was adamant she’d never birth again. Eventually, after divorce and finding a lovely new man, she realised she wanted another baby. During her pregnancy she consciously prepared herself for an improved birth experience. I skyped with Amy as she sat on a gorgeous Australian beach. If you can handle the breezy sounds and occasional passing helicopter, you will love her story as much as I did.

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Give birth with your heart intact

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Know that uncomfy feeling that a past birth experience somehow wasn’t quite right? That feeling is telling you that something that wants to heal. You may think that healing a past birth is not worth the time, effort or possible distress. But making peace with what happened can improve your relationship with yourself, and others, in many ways.

Watch this video if you:

  • Feel uncomfortable about the subject of birth
  • Have a nagging feeling that you are not really okay with what happened
  • Are hard on yourself about what happened (and feel like it’s partly your fault)
  • Feel guilty about your baby’s experience
  • Wonder if it is possible to make peace with a previous birth
  • Want to know the best place/way to start healing (It’s free and you can do it yourself)
  • Wish to move towards a better birth
  • Want to be more compassionate to yourself about what happened

Psychologist Maureen Campion is the author of ‘Heal your birth story’, and has supported countless women to start healing what happened in childbirth. She has given birth three times; twice by c-section (one traumatic birth and one a healing surgical birth) and once vaginally (an empowering natural birth).

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