General Information About Reiki
Reiki is universal life force energy. It is the energy in and around us. You can’t see it and it is there. The Reiki practitioner is a channel for the energy. Anybody can become a Reiki practitioner. The Reiki Master passes on the Reiki through a series of attunements. In summary, you would take a Reiki 1 class, and spend 21 days doing Reiki on yourself, and practicing on others. The more practice, the stronger the channel you become. More is discussed and learned in class.
If you are open to healing yourself and being a healer, and have a desire for spiritual connection and growth, then becoming a Reiki practitioner may be the next right thing for you.
There are many benefits to this practice, although the medical research and literature lacks in quantitative, randomized controlled studies. There is much anecdotal evidence from Reiki recipients and practitioners; including feeling relaxed, sleeping better, and an overall feeling of well-being.
Reiki for Pregnancy, Labor and Birth, and The Postpartum Period
Where does all this fit into the childbirth experience; before, during and after? The mind and body can become stressed during this time. Doulas who can provide Reiki are bringing another relaxation tool to the table. One in seven women will experience a perinatal mood disorder. Because there are no side effects from Reiki, it can be used with all other medical interventions. The Reiki energy will go where it needs to; removing any blocks.
Most women in the United States give birth in the hospital (about 98%). That is pretty much everyone, except for a few that give birth at home, or a birth center. If you look back in history, you will discover that this is a very recent occurrence. Prior to the 1930's the majority of women gave birth at home, surrounded by the village.
Hospitals and western medicine in general are both very good at emergencies, crisis care, and acute medical events. Many lives are saved due to the advancement of modern technology. Unfortunately, this technology is overused, including in childbirth.
Not every woman requires every test and procedure, and being in a hospital can be quite scary, and anxiety producing. Think about it. There are so many sick and dying people in hospitals. In fact, the United States has a rising maternal death rate. I don't say this to scare you. I want you to know that despite technological advances and modern medicine, the United States has very poor outcomes compared to other industrialized nations.
The childbirth industry is worth about $50 billion per year, and the hospital wants a piece of it, the insurance industry wants a piece of it the pharmaceutical industry wants a piece of it, and the retail industry wants a piece of it. "Where do you want to spend your money to have a satisfying, safe experience for you and your baby?"
These are my top five reasons why the hospital is the last place you'll want to give birth.
Are you considering a homebirth? Have you heard any of these?
Or your friends and family might ask, “What are you crazy?”
Let’s debunk the myths one by one.
Myth #1 Homebirth is dangerous.
This is a very broad statement. Dangerous compared to what? Dangerous for who? Dangerous in what way?
In this landmark study on planned homebirth you will discover that among the low risk population who plan for homebirth, there are fewer interventions and no increased risk for mother or baby.
ACOG , American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has their own opinion on the matter. Henci Goer does a great job as deciphering and comparing the 2011 and 2016 ACOG opinions.
Women who are healthy and at low risk for complications are great candidates for homebirth. To say it is dangerous for all women is simply not true.
Myth #2 Your baby is in harms’ way.
If you do your research on homebirth safety and you feel confident and safe giving birth in your home then how are you putting your baby in harms’ way?
Midwives are trained to deal with circumstances that arise when it would be best to transport to a hospital. Most of the time the reason for transport is a non-emergency reason, such as failure to progress, or maternal exhaustion.
You still get to choose a provider who is clinically skilled, trained, and has a good reputation in the community, just as in other health care decisions.
You are the one that knows your baby, and what you want.
Myth #3 Giving birth at home is illegal.
In some states it is, but not everywhere. In many states homebirth is a legal, viable option. You get to find out the laws in the state that you live in, and what your options are. It’s a shame that in today’s society in the United States, not all women have access to all options. This is not only dictated by state laws governing midwives, but also by insurance, and access to care. Sadly, it’s not an equal opportunity for all.
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