The health care system as we have known it is in chaos, and this includes maternity care. The system and the mindset that created it are going through a painful and dysfunctional labor, struggling to stay in control.
My long- time colleague, film maker and fellow keyboard activist,Suzanne Arms has a new project. Her latest DVD“The Time is Now”, the first volume in a global project, roundtable film series, includes important information about preventing trauma during pregnancy, the birthing process and delicate post-natal period. For those unfamiliar with Suzanne’s work , Obstetrician and Gynecologist Christiane Northrup, M.D. describes Suzanne’s vision as a tapestry woven of knowledge from ancient and cross cultural wisdom to modern science (cellular biology, neurobiology, psycho-immunology ,and attachment theory) together with ecology, feminism and spirituality. Suzanne’s seven books are based upon her belief that love and fear and peace and violence begin in the womb and this is where one finds our roots of faith or alienation. As she describes her work:
“I work at the beginning of life where patterns are set. We must transform how we bring human beings into the world and care for each childbearing woman and mother- baby pair from conception to the first birthday, when they are one biological system and the baby’s developing brain and nervous system are laying down patterns for a lifetime.”
Suzanne Arms’ insights are important for all us, for as she says, women’s experiences and their feelings about themselves, their babies, and motherhood translate directly into thoughts and biochemistry that lay down patterns in the human nervous system. These patterns shape how we see ourselves as children as well as the relationship that we form as adults and how we care for others and our world. How we treat women who bring children into the world, with honor and tenderness, or neglect and abuse, profoundly influences the direction of local and global society. (www.birthingthefuture.org, firstname.lastname@example.org)