This thesis is an invitation for women to consider a radical shift in perspective of the pain in childbirth. By actively and consciously experiencing the pain of childbirth, rather than medicating and obliterating the pain, a woman is presented with the means for emotional, spiritual, and psychological growth. This is possible if a woman can experience her pain as legitimate pain with a specific purpose—as authentic suffering—rather than as neurotic suffering, which does not lead to transformation.
This invitation asks a woman to become more aware of her body and her psyche, to develop a greater understanding of the subtle nuances of the body-mind connection, and to notice, often for the first time, the consequences of denying one's pain or one's body. If a woman can accept this invitation, she may already have taken the first step of the Heroine's Journey, or a woman's search for her Self.
The stories of three generations of birthing women bring a personal voice to the historical discussion of pregnancy and childbirth in the United States in the last 60 years. By using a heuristic methodological approach (Moustakas, 1990) in the process of birthing this thesis, the author completes the heuristic quest by using the stages of natural childbirth as a guide for all psycho-spiritual growth.
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Individual & family studies, Physiological psychology|
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