From the Birthing from Within Workshop, I learnt a remarkable technique– How to Heal & Prevent Birth Trauma.
It’s Art. Art by the pregnant couple. Art that reflects their life. Their journey and what influenced their Decisions.
Drawing all this together into a labyrinth which is an ancient symbol encompassing all aspects of Life. The Labyinth can be a very useful tool to help birthing families understand the child – bearing year as a right of passage.
Childbirth Educator Pam England coined the term “LabOrinth” and incorporats the symbolic Labyrinth in her classes to illustrate to prenatal parents the experience of labour, birth and early post partum period not in the traditional way of a linear “Stages of Labour” but rather in a context of a “Hero’s Journey”. A journey that encompasses the multi-dementions of parenthood, one-step at a time.
There are choices to make, and there are dead ends along the way. There are surprising twists and turns. In the end the only way into the centre and out again is to feel your way.
In some way this special and unique birth art then becomes a templet for the initiation into the unexpected challenges of becoming a parent. It becomes a reference point to centre one – self and a resource that can then be used to deal with what is going on and a way of processing birth and the post natal period in a way that really can prevent and heal trauma.