If you want to have a great birth experience
and change the culture of birth
hang out with a group of progressive chiropractors
for four days.
I’ve always been attracted to chiropractors.
My husband’s been told more than once
that our marriage is secure
as long as I’m not going to a chiropractor.
Anyone who can manipulate my neck
and take me out of pain
has a special place in my heart.
Last weekend I learned that
chiropractors are much more than
They’re rebel rousers.
And I like that.
Chiropractors are waking our culture
What a turn on.
And great news for
changing the culture of birth.
I had the opportunity to speak to
700 of these groovy people
from all over the globe
at the Freedom for Family Wellness Summit,
the brainchild of Dr. Jeanne Ohm,
a chiropractor who’s as
visionary and rebel
as they come.
Dr. Ohm’s both the Executive Director of
the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA)
and Publisher of Pathways to Family Wellness magazine,
a magazine that I have written for,
known for being unafraid to confront
controversial issues in maternity care
like whether ultrasounds cause autism.
Before arriving I had wondered
why Dr. Ohm wanted me on
the main stage talking to chiropractors
about yoga nidra meditation and deep rest
as a tool to wake people up.
How does that connect to
cracking someone’s back?
What I learned is that today’s chiropractor,
or at least the 700+ who turned up
at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia last weekend,
are at the forefront of shifting our culture’s consciousness.
They’re offering big answers
to super-sized and timely questions.
And all of this relates to
a better birth experience
changing the culture of birth.
“People have been seeped in a story
that tells us we’re separate
for so long,”
visionary Dr. Bruce Lipton told us.
“And yet this story is based on
That’s why structures in our society
are breaking down.
So we can all come together as one.”
“We’re right at the birthing of
a new civilization,”
“It looks bad in the media,
but the breakdown of the
current western structure
It has to collapse to get better.
We can’t keep doing things the same way.
Everyone is waiting for permission to jump.”
See the connection to changing the culture of birth?
Yes, the birthing climate is falling apart.
Yes, there’s a whole lot of separation.
(FEAR is separation).
Yes, it’s gonna be messy before it’s pretty.
Yes, it’s GOOD breakdown.
Yes, we need breakdown.
The current model of maternity care has NOT been working.
It’s based on false assumptions
We can’t keep doing things the same way in childbirth.
We can’t keep ordering c-sections
without clear evidence.
Women can’t keep seeing doctors that
don’t support their birth visions.
Everyone IS waiting for permission to JUMP.
And that’s why whether you’re pregnant
or consider yourself a birth visionary
We need all of you on deck.
To break down the current model.
To hold space for pregnant women
as we break down.
come be whole.’
To usher in new paradigms.
To make birth better
and by extension our planet.
Every discussion I sat in on felt connected
to changing the culture of birth.
Do we want to wake women up to their birth power?
If so, we’ve got to make way for a new consciousness to emerge.
I found myself swept up in a four-day
saturated with scientific evidence
and at the same time not wanting
the information flow to end.
Give me more.
And that’s what Gregg Braden did.
If you ever fear that
your DNA determines your destiny
just Google Gregg Braden.
DNA does not have to
determine your destiny.
If your mother had a medical condition
that made her high risk
you will not necessarily get that condition too.
You don’t have to raise your hand
to what you don’t want.
The new paradigm says:
Raise your hand to what makes you shout
Brayden and Lipton and Dr. Joe Dispenza have
got the science and sense to prove it.
In fact, there was so much talk about
altering your imprint
that I began to feel
what pregnant women really need is a
visionaries 101 seminar.
Forget traditional childbirth education.
Give pregnant couples consciousness.
Imprints, for example, would be
a fascinating discussion with pregnant women.
Just because everyone in your family had a cesarean
you don’t have to follow that imprint.
You have the power to change that imprint.
Can I get a ‘My Pregnant Body Rocks’ Amen?
While Braden isn’t a chiropractor
I found myself during his session drawing hearts
all over my notebook
and noticed that quite a few chiropractors
in my row were shaking their heads
and giving out occasional
like we were at a polite Tony Robbin’s
“Take Your Life to The Next Level” event.
On the final day of the conference
I headed onto the stage to talk yoga nidra
wake up to your power
followed by Cathy Daub’s beautiful childbirth
love potion for women,
and then the show-stopper Ina May Gaskin
who in Ina May form gave every birth professional
a simple prescription to follow
that goes like this:
“When a pregnant women’s in euphoria
you don’t need your fingers in her vagina.
She’s doing well.”
although always inspiring
we didn’t need
By the end of four days
changing the culture of birth
seeds had already been fully planted.
How do we change the culture of birth?
Wake pregnant mothers up.
Show them how to feel alive.
I left the weekend feeling fully alive,
and asking myself
over and over again
that Braden and Dr. Joe Dispenza
encouraged us to frequently check in on:
Who am I?
Will this be loving to me?
What if every pregnant mother asked herself these
two simple questions
when she got pregnant
when she walked into her care providers
when she created her birth vision?
WHO AM I?
WILL THIS BE LOVING TO ME?
It took a chiropractic gathering
to discover these
and tuned ON.
I’d love to hear from you below.
Do you think these
will help you
or other pregnant mothers give birth