Thursday, January 2, 2014

PPN from Dr. Oliver: Imagine the Future of Mankind... it's not too late!

Among the many pioneers and leaders in the field of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology, one of my favorites is Dr. Robert Oliver, an MD who was at the front of the humanistic birth movement.

Dr. Oliver passed in 2005, but his legacy and work still resonate throughout the birth psychology field. He served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health and passionately advocated for mother-baby centered care.

Here is an excellent quote, one of my favorites, from a publication found in the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (JPPPH).

What does it mean for every woman to have an 'assured uterus'?

I think there is room for personal interpretation, but as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, assured means: very confident; characterized by certainty or security.

In this light, an assured uterus means that every mother is supported throughout her pregnancy in emotional, physical, and relational ways. That she feels confident in herself, her support team and in the love of those around her, and that she knows, with certainty, that she will be loved and nurtured just as she will love and nurture her new child.

An assured mother (and her uterus) need respect, to be heard, and to be a main decision maker in the pregnancy and birth process. Her concerns and feelings must be acknowledged and respected as they represent her lived reality.

Demeaning hospital practices, disrespectful care from providers, and a disregard for the woman's feelings and experience are NOT ways to encourage an assured mother! Additionally, women need to take charge of their birth, learn about their options, and seek the best care provider for herself and her baby (I recommend a midwife!).

Thoughts? Your interpretations? Please share in the comments below!

~Wisdom and Birth

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