PRENATAL MEDITATION FOR CONSCIOUS CHILDBIRTH
Whether a person is going to have a medicated or a natural childbirth, they could benefit from the Calm Birth method. In any situation, the Calm Birth meditation technique can improve the immune and nervous system function and benefit the mind.
Pregnancy is a time of great excitement, but it can also be stressful. Any life change is complicated, and a new baby changes… well, everything. There are lots of techniques out there that can help make pregnancy, birth, and parenting more comfortable. Calm Birth is a tool you can use in any situation, for every breath of life. Calm Birth has three practices. They are based out of ancient meditation traditions and grounded in modern science. They teach you to rest deeply, breathe completely, and heal yourself and others. “Calm” doesn’t mean passive: it means centered. You can be centered in your breath and your body during any kind of movement, or even any kind of emotion. You can bring calm to any situation, even if things look chaotic! These self-care meditation practices work with Western or alternative medicines. You can bring them to any kind of birth. You learn to breathe vital energy, the most complete kind of breathing. This empowers you to face any challenge centered in yourself and connected with your baby.
With Calm Birth, you…
• Learn techniques that are based in ancient, advanced meditations that have been perfected over thousands of years.
• Learn mindfulness, and then some! o Mindfulness teaches you to be aware of your sensations and your surroundings. Calm Birth’s meditations teach that, and more: they teach you how to be aware of the energy that connects all beings, and to use it fully.
• Connect completely with your body. Some techniques like self-hypnosis separate you from your body and your sensations of pain. (This is not the case with Birth Ease Hypnobirth.) While this works for some people, it’s not something you can do to deal with stress in everyday life… and it may not be ideal for people who have had trauma unless you are working with a clinical hypnotherapist. Calm Birth teaches a way to be fully aware of yourself and to transform challenging sensations and emotions into empowerment.
• Develop compassion to yourself and others. You can face suffering or fear, in yourself or someone else, with the ability to transform it into healing.
• Relax your muscles and nerves, connect with your conscious child within.
• Refine your self-awareness and intuition, so you can tell what’s really going on with yourself, your body, and your baby. • Become your own greatest healer.
• Come away with techniques that can be used in parenting and in literally every breath of life!
Benefits of Meditation
● Stress and anxiety can harm baby and gestational parent. ● Chronic and toxic levels ● Lasting mental and physical health effects on the child ● Benefits of meditation: ● Decrease blood pressure, ● Helps manage anxiety and pain, ● Decrease adrenaline and cortisol. ● Elevate oxytocin, serotonin, melatonin, DHEA, ● Cultivates empowerment, self efficacy, compassion ● Ideal for any birth scenario
Calm Parents for Use Postpartum
• Empowering self-care methods for parenthood and beyond. • Five tracks to empower parenthood, heal from childbirth, and bond with your new baby. • Meditations based on Calm Birth
CALM BIRTH ON THE BIRTH EASE PODCAST
In Michelle's series on the Calm Birth Meditation Method, Michelle chats again with Calm Birth Teacher-Trainer Adrienne Bergthold from episode 76 on breath, Naima Bond Teacher-Trainer, and Anna Humphreys the Director of Calm Birth. Together they share the long established history of Calm Birth, the medical science behind it, and what the practice has brought to each of them and the families they serve.
In this next episode in Michelle's series on the Calm Birth meditation program, Anna Humphreys shares with Michelle her journey to becoming the director of Calm Birth and the altruistic vision behind it. Calm Birth is based in advanced meditation traditions of the Tibetan Nyingma lineage. The Calm Birth practices are evidence-based, non-religious, and rooted in ancient wisdom. These practices are grounded in time-tested techniques perfect for these modern times. Together, these practices teach parents to breathe completely, rest deeply, deepen their bond with their baby, and heal themselves and the world. Anna explains two of these foundational Calm Birth practices: Practice of Opening and Giving & Receiving.
In this next episode in Michelle's series on the Calm Birth meditation program, Adrienne Bergthold returns to explain the foundational practice of Calm Birth: Womb Breathing. She shares her serendipitous journey of how Calm Birth found her. Adrienne elaborates on the history of Womb Breathing and what distinguishes Calm Birth from other birth meditation practices. She clarifies the benefits of meditation and the ways in which Womb Breathing can assist us to recognize fear when it shows up without identifying with it. She stresses the importance of differentiating mind from awareness. Together they discuss why the practice of Womb Breathing is invaluable for parent and child, and how the practice embodies true self-care.
In this episode of Michelle's series on the Calm Birth meditation program, Naima Bond shares with Michelle what brought her to Calm Birth and her journey to becoming a Calm Birth Teacher Trainer. Together they discuss the extreme value and flexibility of Calm Birth's Calm Parents meditations for postpartum and beyond. These meditations consist of Calm Parent, Calm with Baby, Breathfeeding, Energy Breathing, and Practice of Healing. Naima also stresses the importance of parents creating a plan for the postpartum period after the birth.
In this episode of Michelle’s series on Calm Birth, Michelle invites Stephanie Smith back to the podcast. Stephanie has over 20 years of experience as an E-RYT, PRYT Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and as a student of meditation. Together they have a casual conversation regarding the benefits, similarities, and differences of hypnobirthing/hypnosis and the Calm Birth Meditation practices.
Listen in as Adrienne Bergthold shares with Michelle ways in which to have a better relationship with breathing and improve the quality of our breath. She explains the ways in which our breath can become interrupted or restricted, why softening the tension and rigidity within the body is so vital for breath, and why focusing strictly on belly breathing can cause issues.
She reminds us that our nervous system, our brain, and our cells all remember how to breathe, and that ease of breath can begin to come back. Our lungs and our bodies can return to what they know. We can receive the breath and then gently let it go. Adrienne also provides beautiful tips for pregnant people to breathe with their baby in the womb.