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Posts Tagged "pain"

Monkey in a Tar Trap

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Blog Posts |

Monkey in a Tar Trap

Monkey in the Tar Trap – Allison Harris NCTMB,LMT,CD There is a story told of a monkey who encounters a glob of tar. Curious, he picks it up, and the tar sticks to his hand. In order to free himself he uses his other hand, and consequently, both hands get stuck. This makes him angry and so he tries to use a foot to nudge the tar away and free his hands but, you guessed it, his foot gets stuck too, and then the other foot. Growing very anxious and fearful, he uses his mouth to try to chew the...

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Drop the Story Line and Reside in Present Moment Mindfulness

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Blog Posts |

Drop the Story Line and Reside in Present Moment Mindfulness

I teach my birth clients that labor and childbirth are not about resisting, avoiding, escaping, or controlling the expansions or the pain. Rather we must surrender, welcome, say Yes!, allow things to be just as they are, and move with the natural flow. In this manner no friction or tension is created, and the female body can very easily and efficiently do what it knows how to do, and give birth to a precious baby, in an atmosphere of joy, awe, gratitude, peace, and love. In the same way,...

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The Cause of our Suffering is our Reaction to the Reality of no Escape

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Blog Posts |

The Cause of our Suffering is our Reaction to the Reality of no Escape

“The cause of our suffering is our reaction to the reality of no escape.” Pema Chodron I remember thinking to myself during my first labor, as the contractions began to intensify, and I felt them coming from my back all the way around to the front, if only I could get myself up out of the gap, before the contraction made it all the way around and closed in at the center of my tummy, I would be alright. As the contractions grew stronger, and my desire to escape became more intense, I...

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“What is Your Track Record?”

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Blog Posts |

“What is Your Track Record?”

Recently I was asked a question by an expectant mother who called to inquire into birth doula services. “What is your track record”, she asked, “for realizing unmedicated vaginal birth outcomes, versus medicated births, as well as cesareans?” This question, I must admit, caused a very strong emotional response, and I have been musing on it since yesterday. It made me think firstly that it was interesting that she asked this question very openly and forthrightly, a few do. Most leave this as an...

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Flow With Reality… Be Here Now… Embrace the Present Moment… Inhabit Your Body and Your Birth…Allow…Accept…Surrender…

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Blog Posts |

Flow With Reality…  Be Here Now… Embrace the Present Moment… Inhabit Your Body and Your Birth…Allow…Accept…Surrender…

A popular childbirth education method begins their classes by telling women there is no physiological reason for them to feel pain in labor, and then schools them in ways to escape from, and to disassociate themselves from the birth process, and that, with their method, “many women experience short, comfortable labors, like those of the Hebrew women in the time of Moses, that last no longer than three hours.” The quote below is one they share with class participants. “According to...

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