We try to make birth practical by measuring, overseeing and monitoring it, when really, it’s an experience that flows seamlessly from one stage to another, taking the birthing woman deep into Laborland. How can we better describe what she goes through? Whapio describes the holistic stages of birth and tells us more.
In this second episode of a 2 part series, we go deeper into Laborland, to then finally emerge during immediate postpartum and life as a family. Last week, in Part 1, we started with embarking into labor, and got as far as just past what is usually considered as transition. Go back and listen to that episode first, if you haven’t already.
To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.
What we talked about:
- Stage 6: The Tides (you are galvanized because something is “different”)
- Stage 7: The Breakers (when ideally, there’s no mention of pushing)
- Stage 8: Emergence
- Stage 9: The Return
- Stage 10: Acquaintance
- Stage 11: Coming into Union
- Stage 12: Completion
- Stage 13: Weaving the Story (which goes on for ever)
- Why mothers take a moment before picking up baby
- Circling back to the organic physiology of birth
Resources, links, and other great info:
- The Holistic Stages of Birth, by Whapio
- Michel Odent’s Fetus ejection reflex and the art of midwifery
- Dr. Yoshimura’s book: Joyous Childbirth Changes the World
- Birth in the Squatting Position (video)
Related Birthful episodes:
- The Holistic Stages of Birth (Part 1), with Whapio
Whapio has been an Independent Midwife for the past 30 years. In 2001, she founded The Matrona, a Quantum Midwifery Program designed to educate midwives and provide a balance of the academic and intuitive aspects of birth. The Matrona advocates the Return of Birth to the Family and espouses soul-level connections between midwife and mother and an understanding of altered states of consciousness relevant to childbirth.
Whapio has written and shared ‘The Holistic Stages of Birth‘ with families and caregivers in order to reframe the process of labor in language that best describes the journey of birth. You can read it on her website: thematrona.com… and you are welcome to share it with others.
The Matrona is also a non-profit organization designed to bring authentic information about birth to marginally resourced women who can then return to their communities and care for mothers and families as Doulas. To that end, each year we offer numerous scholarships and free-of-charge Holistic Doula programs to the larger community.
Whapio also teaches homeopathy and conflict resolution as part of Matrona classes and is an Elder in her community in Asheville, NC.
Find out more at thematrona.com or follow the conversation on Facebook.
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