Listen to Your Body
by Jill D. Chasse
mentor, Wise Woman University
When you become pregnant you will hear a lot of unsolicited advice on everything from what you should eat to how to discipline your kids. Most people mean no ill will towards you and just want to help, but their voices can be loud and block out your own thoughts.
Take the support you feel is helpful and shrug off the words that don’t help. Just remember it’s your body, your family, your baby, and your choices. Most importantly, birthing is time for you and your baby to take the lead.
After all of your preparing and anticipation, when it comes time for your baby to come down and out into your arms, remember to listen to your body. A woman’s body was designed to nurture and bear children.
When you tune in to your body, you will hear and know and feel things that no outsider can see. Stay in tune. Stay close, and listen.
Birth is a sacred time, full of passionate energy. It is also a time that can be full of confusion and chaotic noise. In order to keep peace for yourself and your child it is often necessary to speak up.
Just a simple, “I’m listening to my body,” announced to your birth team will give you a moment to refocus.
Let the world melt away, fall into yourself, fall into your baby. Close your eyes and picture your child in the womb. Listen to what he or she may have to tell you.
Watch the picture in your mind of your body – your uterus and pelvis- child, cord and placenta. Listen to it beating, pulsing, and breathing. Tune in to life.
If you have any fear, pain, apprehension or questions, remember to speak up to your practitioner or support person. That’s what they’re there for. Don’t hesitate to share. Tuning in and listening may answer questions that could stimulate the birth process, encourage your body to continue a stalled labor, or even help to acknowledge a problem.
The relationship with your body, your mind, and your baby is one that nobody else in the world has. Accept that power, that responsibility, and that magic. Trust yourself, focus inside and listen.
by Jill D. Chasse
Online Courses & Books
by Jill Diana Chasse
Perinatal Mood Issues
Manage pregnancy and postpartum emotional challenges including baby blues and PPD symptoms to help reduce the risk of depression and keep yourself and your baby mentally and emotionally strong.
Learn exercises and meditations to encourage communication with your baby in the womb, optimizing mental and sensory development as well as promoting the special bond between baby and parent.
Magic of Motherhood Birthing Education
A Complimentary Natural Childbirth method for use with or without medications, at home, birth center, or in a hospital. Learn to “Experience, Understand and Enjoy” your labor & delivery through emotional support, empowering yourself and your baby.
Relaxations and Visualizations for Birth
Relaxations and visualizations involve hypnotherapy/ autosuggestion for relaxation, anti-stress/anti-pain, and self-esteem, as well as communication with the unborn baby and stimulating a mystical and spiritual energy level.
Baby Magic for your Magic Baby
Paperback by Jill Diana Chasse. 89 pp. Chase is also the publisher of the Magic of Motherhood.
About the Mentor, Jill Chasse
Jill Chasse, PhD is a counselor certified in "Handling Loss and Grief " and "Understanding Depression." She has additional training in postpartum depression, maternal mental health, and post traumatic stress disorder. She is a member of the APA and certified by IACT. She also holds an MS in family and developmental psychology and a certification in "Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders."
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