Every year when we blow out the candles on our birthday cake we celebrate the remarkable day when our lives began…

More than four decades of research in the field of pre and perinatal psychology and health shows that the most critical formative period, and the difference in ‘thriving or surviving’ between birthdays goes back even earlier than birth. Findings point to the time shortly before conception to after birth as the most sensitive and critical period in establishing patterns in all areas of our life; physical, mental, emotional, and relational.

Realizing on a personal level how these circumstances have affected us can help us to change our belief-system and greatly improve the quality of our life.

Understanding how the journey from womb to world shaped our life not only helps being able to free ourselves from the inherited patterns and beliefs we acquired while ‘marinating’ inside amniotic fluid, filled with the flavors of our mothers’ emotional life and state of mind. It will also inspire anyone who is thinking of becoming a parent and would like to know more about how to prevent their future baby from being born with an inheritance of their emotional pain, fears and unresolved issues.

Conception, the time we spend in the womb, and how we are born is truly meant to be the gift of a lifetime…for every child! Since we know now that it is so much easier to ‘build’ a healthy child than to ‘repair’ a broken adult, shouldn’t we do what we can to give babies an optimum start in life?

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Because how these babies are welcomed creates the foundation for their sense of safety, self-worth and belonging…and their capacity to have healthy relationships that are based on love, empathy and trust.

In this heavily medicalized era we also need to be reminded how Mother Nature meant to welcome a new human being into the world. Why? Because there are 490.000 babies born each day. That is 5 to 6 babies that are born every second of the day.

When everyone who deals with babies and childbirth, personally or professionally, realizes how much of an impact the conception, pregnancy and birth experience has on our physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual lives we can begin to create the necessary changes that will allow for more gentle and conscious births to take place.

This will also lead to a more conscious, connected and caring world for us all…

If you like to learn more please watch my TED Talk: