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Labyrinth of Birth
Labyrinth of Birth

Labyrinth of Birth

Creating a Map, Meditations and Rituals for Your Childbearing Year



140 Pages, 7 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $15.95)

Publication Date: July 2010

ISBN 9781616230371

Rights: US & CA

Seven Gates Media (Jul 2010)
Birthing From Within Books

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The timeless and powerful symbol of the labyrinth forms the core of this collection of 12 simple meditations and ceremonies designed to transform the experience of childbirth. The inner journey through the childbearing year—from pregnancy through labor and postpartum stages—is enhanced through the use of labyrinths as a tool for meditation and centering. Studies show that walking or finger-tracing a labyrinth slows down and balances brain waves, calms the body and mind, and helps access intuitive knowing. During pregnancy, labyrinth meditations help the mother focus on her emotional and spiritual preparation for birth and mothering. In labor, the labyrinth helps to calm the mind, steady the breath, and ease pain. Postpartum, the Birth Story Labyrinth helps parents process and integrate their experience in labor. A variety of labyrinths—including four childbirth-related labyrinths from the Hopi and Papago cultures in the American Southwest and two others from India—are presented in this handbook. Instructions for drawing a classic labyrinth, ideas for personalizing the design, and labyrinth "seeds"—start-up patterns for six variations of labyrinth—are also included. The labyrinth meditations and rituals may be practiced privately or may be used to enrich mother blessing ceremonies and baby showers.

Author Biography

Pam England is a former nurse–midwife who has taught childbirth classes and mentoring parents for 30 years, and leading workshops for birth professionals for 10 years. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.