Pregnancy can often be a rather trying time, particularly when things don’t go the way you imagined it to. Fortunately, there’s a rather simple and natural way to help you beat those blues
BY EFFATH YASMIN
Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding are all passages of life that helps a couple’s world grow into a family. Sometimes, events unfold in a different way than they have hoped and planned. These events include intense hormonal changes leading to Hyperemesis (severe morning sickness), pregnancy-induced diabetes, thyroidism, bed rest, or even severe undesirable medical interventions such as an unsupported virginal birth, the use of an epidural, birth by vacuum, forceps or cesarean.
The impacts of these interventions are far reaching, and can result in postpartum depression, infections, hemorrhage, pain and trauma or emotional stress and anxiety due to unnatural separation from your baby, lack of normal bonding as well as breastfeeding issues.
Most of these experiences are somehow considered the normal inconveniences of birthing a baby. However, most families affected by the ripple effect of these events are left with little coping support around them and are often are not well-recognised or acknowledged by a conventional medical health care system.
Fortunately, there is an extremely gentle therapy, Craniosacral Biodynamic Therapy, which can help release this physical and emotional strain and trauma surrounding a difficult pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding, making the experience more supported and as joyful as it’s meant to be.
Now that we’ve established that there is help to seek out, let’s delve into exactly what Craniosacral Biodynamic Therapy is. I’ve answered some of the important questions below:
What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)?
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle and profound treatment by way of working with the natural physiological life forces of the body, to reestablish health and harmony in the system. This is done through gentle, negotiated touch by a qualified practitioner.
How does the Biodynamic Craniosacral Practitioner support health?
The Biodynamic Craniosacral practitioner has a deep acknowledgment of the body’s inherent wisdom and its capacity for resilience and self-regulation. The practitioner develops an acknowledging presence and hands-on palpatory skills, using her sensory system through intense training, to be able to listen into a client’s system. An in-depth knowledge in living embryology, anatomy and physiology, forms the foundation of the training. In addition, the practitioner also learns to acknowledge the potency or the life force called the ‘Breath of Life’, which is the organising principle of the body.
Therefore, the Biodynamic Craniosacral practitioner, through her presence and ‘Knowing and Listening’ hands, creates a therapeutic space and touch for the client’s system to resonate, and begins the process of selfregulation. The practitioner helps turn down the flight or fight response and the activate the rest and digest response in the client’s autonomous nervous system.
This therapy can help in the beginning of pregnancy, particularly when several women might experience pregnancy symptoms like nausea, headache, backache, edema, sleeplessness, and hormonal surges. In the second and the third trimesters, the treatment can help by creating space in the mother’s body to allow for optimal growth of the foetus. This helps your growing baby to engage in the normal birthing position, also allowing for a natural birth. One of the major reasons for unnatural births is the not-so-ideal position of the baby nearing the due date. If the baby has not turned or descended, or the baby is in a breach position, it is often a reason to not to wait for natural birth to begin, particularly in conventional birth set-ups in hospitals.
During the actual birthing process, the therapy supports the expansion of the tissues around the pelvic bowl which play a huge role in the birthing process, making them more elastic so the mother’s body can open up.
Post birth, the trauma of such unnatural processes, including the use of an epidural, have an implication on the nervous system of the baby and mother. Birth trauma can also impact the mother and baby in several other ways as well. For the baby, it could mean issues associated with head and neck which makes the baby prefer one-side feeding. Moreover, the mother will experience a painful nursing experience. It also contributes to sucking and feeding issues, along with other genetic conditions such as cleft lip and palate or tongue and lip tie. Birth trauma also stems from the stress and anxiety due to separation between mother and baby. The gentle treatment can help enhance natural bonding and integrate the experience of birth trauma in all aspects— physical, psychological and emotional.
Mothers can also be supported for post-partum depression, insomnia, and fatigue through the treatment sessions as they will immediately begin to feel very supported.
What happens during the Biodynamic Craniosacral Treatment?
The therapy session works better when mothers and babies are treated together. Here, the baby could be in the mother’s arms and the practitioner will work on both simultaneously. The baby could even be feeding. The mother and baby often experience deep relaxation during the treatment session. This not only helps cope with the challenges of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding as a whole, but enhances the experience of motherhood. BCST can help a baby adapt and get accustomed to the life outside the womb, and establish wellness with a rhythmic awake-eat-sleep cycle. |MB