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Awareness may be suppressed in more than 90% of childbirths today, as a basis for the overuse of other medical interventions in the labor and delivery process. Current childbirth education programs offered by the medical establishment support the prevalent use of risky procedures that may impair biological and psychological health. The quality of awareness in the pregnant woman and the womb child may be the most essential value pivotal to needed decisive change in childbirth medicine and education. The medical paradigm has been expanding, allowing the possibility of specific changes in childbirth protocol and education. Quantum physics, meditation science, and psychological science offer insights into the nature of awareness at the moment of conception. New childbirth education curriculums may include advanced natural childbirth methods based on meditation that can access and protect innate awareness.
KEY WORDS: awareness, childbirth education, consciousness, meditation, holistic, mind/body, incarnation
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Mr. Newman is president of MediGrace, which has been developing and presenting programs in the medical uses of meditation since 1991. Since 1997 he has presented more than 60 training seminars in West Coast hospitals. Mr. Newman is the developer of the Calm Birth methods. This article is from his book, CALM BIRTH / NEW CHILDBIRTH Methods. Please address correspondence about this article to RobertNewman@CalmBirth.org