The Similarity of Rhythms in Nature and Childbirth

My family took a week long camping trip to refocus on each other and get into nature. With an upcoming childbirth class and talking to several moms inquiring about my labour support doula services, pregnancies and childbirth are never far from my mind. One evening I took time to sit along Upper Waterton Lake alone just before the sunset. If you've ever visited Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta, you will be familiar with the wind. 

Rhythms in Nature similar to childbirth and labour

It'll blow hard and steady, yet there is always a short pause of stillness; a gentle break from the forceful wind.

The wind reminds me of childbirth.

The waves on the lake roll along, pushed by the wind. They build up, swell white and tall only to fall to a flatness, still moving with the current to the next peak.

The waves remind me of childbirth.

The mountains are not one long, continuous peak but a series of highs and lows. Each mountain connects a lush, green valley with a hard, rocky peak.

The mountains remind me of childbirth.

The rhythms we experience as we let our body run it course in childbirth and trust in ourselves is very similar to occurrences to Mother Nature's rhythms. Each rhythm varies in its own way. Each wind gust, wave and mountain is as unique as every birth. As your uterus contracts and move your baby along, it will take time to rest and to recover. Sway like the trees in the wind, find a rhythm to moan or do what your body tells you to do to get past the past and find the valley again.

Does nature relate to how you envision(ed) childbirth? Please share your thoughts below in the comment section.

With Love & Light,

Laurie McGowan

August 16, 2015 by Laurie McGowan
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