The Shamanic Dimensions of Childbirth
There is a growing awareness of the value of "irrational" or psychospiritual aspects of childbirth. Western psychotherapists and midwives are learning to take advantage of an openness to these aspects. These aspects are essential to shamanic healing worldwide. Shamanic tradition is explored and its advantages for pregnancy and childbirth are discussed. Healing practices among the Navajo, especially the Monsterway, are described.
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Jeannine Parvati Baker has published in many journals on the psychological and spiritual aspects of fertility. Jeannine is the author of Prenatal Yoga & Natural birth, Hygieia: A Woman's Herbal and co-author with Frederick Baker of Conscious Conception: Elementary Journey Through the Labyrinth of Sexuality. Address correspondence to the author at Box 398, Monroe, UT 84754, USA.