Prenatal and Birth Therapy

It is a birthright to be welcomed, honoured and cherished as a human being from the moment of conception to our dying day. We all long for this. How we are received from the beginning of life can greatly affect how we view ourselves and how we interact with the world as life goes on.

How we view ourselves can be distorted by many factors during our early lives – in the womb, through the birth and transition into the outside world, and so on. Some of these factors include:

  • Emotions, Mum’s particularly, and those around, even during birth
  • Pre-birth Mum/Parents taking recreational drugs, including alcohol and nicotine
  • Administered drugs, including those to induce or control pain in birth
  • Interventions in birth, for example, ventouse or forceps
  • Cutting the umbilical cord too fast
  • Lack of support for Mum (and Dad)
  • In fact, any procedure which interrupts the natural pace and bonding with Mother

How do we know this? Some of these factors have been “proven” scientifically. Others have been discovered by those who are truly present with babies coming into the world. In our society we have generally forgotten how to do this.

I have experienced and witnessed many, young and old, telling and showing their stories and have come to feel passionately that how we relate with an incoming soul is vitally important.

Even while the little one is in the womb, the simple act of communicating with them in a loving and respectful way can make a profound difference.

Fewer of us would then come into the world feeling, for example, that we’ve done something wrong to cause pain or that we’re responsible for Mum (and then others’) welfare.

We would be more in touch with our purpose and joy, living more creatively from within ourselves.

It is possible to get in touch with our past - from pre-birth through to old age - in order to heal the present.

What's on offer?

Preparing for birth

Mother, parents and little one are offered support in a variety of ways, perhaps through touch, listening counsel and coaching parents with some basic, helpful principles. Parents are encouraged to incorporate skills and observations acquired during the sessions within their daily lives.

Infant-centred Family Therapy

It may be that the birth did not go as planned or the parents have a feeling that the baby is disturbed in some way from the birth process, or that they want reassurance.

For the baby, this often manifests in crying, feeding and sleeping difficulties, visual disturbances, colic, ear problems, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. For the mother, depression can result.

Incorporating polarity and craniosacral techniques, Prenatal and Birth Therapy offers a unique opportunity to resolve many of the traumatic issues that become imprinted in early life and can go on to affect our full development and potential as we mature.

Birth Process for Adults

Sometimes, during personal therapy – or in day-to-day life – memories or 'issues' arise which we realise are connected to the time around birth and infancy. Facilitating and processing this 'early material' requires a particular expertise and experience, which I offer in a one-to-one or group setting.

One-to-one therapy is tailor-made to suit your situation – either a series of sessions or a one-off period over 2 days, allowing space and time for integration.

The group workshops are purposefully kept to small numbers in order to ensure maximum care and attention for all participants.

Workshops take place over 2 to 3 days and may have up to 4 participants. During the course of the workshop, each participant has the opportunity to have some individual time - "a session".

Benefits of being in a group environment can be that the work of each person seems to have a cumulative effect which means that participants have often reported that they feel that they have received several sessions, not just their own.

The group can offer aspects of family relationship dynamics in a womb-like surrounding.

There is a great depth to this work. This puts us in touch with our 'essence'. There is the capacity for fun and enjoyment.

To participate

To support this level of exploration it is recommended that you have engaged in some previous therapeutic work or self-exploration. Within the workshop there is time for integration. Participants are also encouraged to access follow-up support.

The next step

Email to request a date and questionnaire to fill in about your early history – as much as you know so far – and what you would like for yourself from the workshop.

 

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