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Peace starts in the womb

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When it comes to peace, how would you describe yourself?
I am a pacifist
What do you believe are the 'burning issues' today?
Our Planet
So what is it?
Lack of awareness and not wanting to wake up
What must we overcome to achieve peace?
There is fear of everything that is different than ourselves, fear to loose what we have, fear to be vulnerable and fear to love. This leads to separation, greed and violence.
Can we change the world?
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I am a midwife - I love what I do and would like that all women and babies have peaceful pregnancy, womb and birth experiences.
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Peace and "The Scientification Of Love"

Up until now in most societies it has been an advantage to control the capacity to love, including our love for nature and to develop the human potential for aggressiveness. "The greater the need to develop aggression and the ability to destroy life, the more intrusive the rituals and cultural beliefs in the period around birth have become" (Odent, 2001, p. 28).

Michel Odent is a French obstetrician who has influenced the history of childbirth and research. He introduced the concept of birthing pools and friendly home-like birthing rooms. He is the founder of the 'Primal Health Research Centre' in London that studies the long-term effects of early experiences and he suggests that the way we are born has long-term consequences on our ability to socialize, our aggressiveness and it seems that our capacity to love is determined by early experiences in the primal period - between conception and the first birthday.

According to Odent the roots of love are at a cellular level, on the surface of cells in the form of receptors; they bind to chemicals that have messages attached to them. When a woman is labouring during childbirth large amounts of the hormone oxytocin are released. Oxytocin is made in the hypothalamus and is responsible for uterine contractions, enables the milk-let-down during breastfeeding, is released during sexual activity in women and men and even in social situations - hence it is the hormone of love!

After the birth skin-to-skin and eye-to-eye contact between mother and baby help to keep oxytocin levels high, thus keeping the mother's uterus contracted and protecting her from postpartum haemorrhage. Oxytocin levels in the baby peak at around thirty minutes after birth. Both mother and baby are bathed in the 'hormone of love' during the first hour after birth for bonding and attachment.

The sensitive first hour is often disturbed by procedures like rushed cord cutting, bathing and dressing, cultural rituals, the denial of colostrum or modern life habits - I have seen mothers giving birth and instead of receiving their baby they pick up their mobile phone in order to send text messages to all their friends!

Current rates of induction and augmentation of labour with synthetic oxytocin are high. Synthetic oxytocin does not cross the woman's blood-brain barrier and does not act as the hormone of love. On the contrary it makes the woman's own oxytocin release ineffective. With caesarean surgery the peaks of oxytocin in mother and baby are absent or reduced.

If the birthing woman believes in herself, her baby will be born imprinted with the same self-confidence. Every baby born into an environment of safety and peace will be a person imprinted with that same sense of peace. What better way to enter the world?

To be continued...

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At 11:04pm on November 28, 2009, Motorcycle Hippy Al said…
"If the birthing woman believes in herself, her baby will be born imprinted with the same self-confidence. Every baby born into an environment of safety and peace will be a person imprinted with that same sense of peace. What better way to enter the world?".........Svarup

At 1:20pm on November 27, 2009, Warren Jeffrey Motter said…

You are worth the wait. If you are on Facebook or myspace, join me there, too. Love Is All ~ Warren
At 3:07am on August 14, 2009, Warren Jeffrey Motter said…
At 12:15pm on June 24, 2009, Warren Jeffrey Motter said…
LOVE Is All, Warren
At 5:51am on June 16, 2009, Chetana said…

At 11:20am on January 26, 2009, Subhan said…
thats wonderful Svarup,
you are great.
see you there.
At 4:12am on January 25, 2009, Subhan said…
Hi Svarup,
yes we met here in Auckland. Good to see here at iPeace and to meet friends, make friends and create a peaceful world.
Call in for a Cup of Tea when you are in Auckland next time.
Love and peace

At 11:44pm on November 23, 2008, Deniz Kite said…

Hello Svarup!

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