Pre-Congress Workshop Leaders... In Their Own Words

From Vision to Reality in the 21st Century

Joseph Chilton Pearce: Effects of Technological Childbirth

Neuro-cardiology is the hottest field in medicine, offering the most startling discoveries of our century and throws new light on the critical importance of re-instating non-technological birth, breastfeeding, and long bonding. The heart plays an enormous role in embryonic formation, fetal development, birth, bonding, immunities, DNS, and all subsequent relationships throughout life. The heart is the controlling factor in the action of hormones, the immune system, nervous system, and the electro-magnetic field, all of which influence the brain. The synchrony of heart and brain can get disrupted by the birth process and effect people the rest of their lives resulting in 80% more frequent illness.

Creating a Village for Mothers and Babies at Risk

Suzanne Arms

A model facility has been operating in Milan, Italy for fifty years"the Villagio Della Madre E Dell Fanciullo, led by Elda Mazzochi Scarzella. Responding to the post-war needs of pregnant young girls who were the victims of rape and incest and rejected by their families, Elda created a safe, self-contained village with cooperative living facilities and a large birth suite. Girls were paired as roomates for mutual support and were assisted in establishing an ideal mother/child relationship. Preparations led to successful natural births under the guidance of a single doctor who served the group over many years. Babies and mothers were never separated, and after birth mothers helped each other, had appropriate schooling and often remained in the community for months and years afterward. Using the Villiagio as a springboard for discussion, the workshop group brainstormed how such a model could be adapted to the needs of mothers and babies in other cities around the world today.

The Parenting Process

Thomas Paris, Ph.D. and Eileen Paris, Ph.D.

This workshop focused on the parenting issues of conception, intrauterine development, birth and infancy (0-3). In order to bring psychological and spiritual change to our global society, we must begin with a radical and substantive change in the way we parent and we must realize that parenting begins at conception. The workshop taught communication skills based on developmental themes of bonding, mirroring, and separating. Using these guidelines allows for a safe attachment to be created and a climate of empathic emotional closeness to grow"with plenty of room for individual development. When we can understand emotional development and apply these skills at the beginning of life instead of when trouble shows up, both family health and individual development have a chance to flourish.

Fetal Life, Birth, and Health

Michel Odent, M.D.

A review of the scientific research reveals some of the long-term consequences of events in utero, at birth, and early infancy"what I call "primal health research." It is during the primal period that the Primal Adaptive System reaches maturity. This includes the subcortical nervous system, endocrine system, and the immune system"which collectively have a profound influence on health throughout life. Nutrition during pregnancy, initiation of lactation, birthing, the relationship of humans to water, and the effects of vaccination all prove critical to the maturation of the adaptive system. The language of "primal health" and the "primal adaptive system" provides a practical alternative to such cumbersome terms as psychoneuroimmunological system."

The Experience of Birth and its Effects on Intimacy

William Emerson, Ph.D.

In this two-day workshop, partly didactic and partly experiential, participants learned about all types of birth trauma and the major ways they effect relationships. This includes traumas which are restimulated from the prenatal period; traumas associated with birth stages; and traumas associated with birth complications and/or obstetrical interventions. Relationships between parents and their children are "scripted" and "fixated" by the birthing process. Trainees played a strong role in sharing cases of birth trauma and its effects on intimacy and relationships. Trainees also facilitated regressions, offering participants an opportunity to regress and to have personal consultations about their births, and to understand the connections between their births and current relationships.