The following is an adapted extract from Rio+20 - The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development ~ "The twenty years following the 1992 Rio Earth Summit have clearly shown that the current global challenges will not be solved by the same way of thinking that caused them. If we are to create the necessary paradigm shift to ensure not only the survival but the thriving of humanity and the earth, we must turn towards the very roots of our existence. Over four decades of prenatal science and the discovery of "epigenetics" confirm that during the primal period, from conception to early childhood, the foundation for every human being's relationship with their environment is formed. Human behaviour is determined by this factor. Mothers are children's first environment where the seeds of peace, prosperity, intelligence and sustainability can be sown and nurtured. They must be empowered and supported in their major role in the sustainability and future of our planet." "Business as usual" is no longer an option! We must change. But change what? We must change our way of thinking, of feeling, and our relationship to nature herself. We MUST change our modus operandi from domination to cooperation with our living intelligent planet. What if children were born with an innate love and respect for themselves, each other and nature? This is possible and Mothers are the key to this process. A pregnant mother's thoughts, her feelings, her environment and the way she gives birth directly affects the long term development of her child. Maternal stress levels compromise the development of children while the natural production of the well being hormones, oxytocin and endorphins, provide optimal conditions for fetal development including the brain and the capacity to love. Speakers included APPPAH Members: Dr. Michel Odent - world renown pioneer and advocate for over five decades in the field of primal health: from pre- conception to the first year after birth. He is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre www.primalhealthre- and Womb Ecology Odent began this work as head of the surgical and maternity units in a French state hospital (1962-1985). Dr. Julie Gerland - a grassroots pioneer in stress management and pre-perinatal psychology, Dr. Gerland has worked with couples and taught professionals over the last thirty years. Dr. Gerland is a co-author of Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change. She is the Chief UN Representative for OMAEP. Dr. Gerland will develop the key principles of prenatal education as they relate to peace and prosperity for all. Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin and Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, is a medical anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of reproduction. She is author of over 80 articles and of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992, 2004) and lead editor of 10 collections, the latest of which is Birth Models That Work, which highlights optimal models of birth care around the world. Potential contribution to outcome of Rio+20
  • Green economy - Empowering mothers to bring healthy, emotionally secure and intelligent humans into our world will favorably affect all areas of human life including the development of a sustainable "green economy."
  • Massive increase in maternal health, reduction of infant mortality, major contribution to the eradication of poverty and the peaceful sustainable development and prosperity of humanity
  • Propositions for the "Institutional Framework" should reflect the paradigm shift and include basic human empowerment from the roots of life - Mothers and their Babies!