My “Activated” Star~Seeds of “Remembering” started to take Root in me when my sun was Concieved in 2004. During My 1st Trimester of Pregnancy… I Closed my Healing Arts Practice, Sold My House&Car and Gifted Most of my Belongings. I was Finally Free to “Go Back to EarthSchool”. My PregnantSeeSoulJourney and Vision Quest led me to Hawaii Ghana Ethiopia South Africa and Indonesia. I was DownLoading Messages from my Womba and Recieving lessons from Great Mother and Her Huge army of Midwives, Sangomas and Traditional healers every Step of the Way. I felt so Primal Healthy and strong. I arrived in Bali when I was 3 Moons away from Delivery… My “Plan” was to Return to Big Island and Give Birth with Pele’s Power&Blessing.. But as Fate would Have It… Bali Called Us Home; to Stay. In the End, I chose an Unassisted Water Birth on the Beach in Bhuitan East Bali.
My Waters Released at 6pm while I was having dinner with New Friends in Candidasa. I Knew that All was in Divine and Perfect Order..so I stay and Enjoyed my dinner and Time with Sisters. About 3 hours later I heard the Ocean Calling Me and I felt the Need to ReTreat. I hopped on a motorbike and went back to Lumbung Damuh. I took alot of Slow BellyDancing walks on the beach and ManyMany Showers…My Final Destination was the bathtub… The water was Cold because I had long since used up All the Hot water but I still felt in the Zone and Deeply Rooted:) I chose to be Physically “Alone” during our Birth but there were 13 Ancestors and Midwives Holding Deep and Sacred Space for Me. ( Not to Mention..One Real Live SiStarMama and Midwife “On BackUp Call” in Nyuh Kuning) It was a Fantastic Unassited Gentle and Empowering WaterBirth! I only had One Moment of Temporary Insanity (aka Fear).. It was when I breathed/Pushed his head out and I saw his Face under the water.. I felt my InnerWisdom Tell me to Relax and WAIT for the next Wave~contraction…My Human mind worried about him not being able to Breathe under water.. and just as Quickly as that Fear came to the surface One of My Sassy SpiritBidans Said; “Child Dont You Know that He wasn’t breathing in yo Belly…CutOut that NonSense..Squat and Use What Ya Got…You’ll thank Me Later.” I Trusted Her.. I Trusted Me and I Trusted the Powers that BE. Moments later I had a Beautiful Strange Orgasmic Release that Marked Blessing’s Earthly Beginnings. (at that time I never knew that Orgasms could be a part of Birth so that was a nice Unexpected Surprise:) And I Now Know that By Listening and Waiting for the Next Wave.. I did Indeed come through My First Birth TearFree.. Sometime After Birth My SisterFriends arrived and a Real Live Midwife “Checked” me.. Visually Confirming there was no Tearing. I participated and witnessed my first cord burning and within a couple of Hours ate my ari ari (Placenta) cooked medium well with Lots of Coconut Oil Garlic and Rosemary. It was Truly a Great Birth and the Best “On the Job” Training One could ask for:)
Needless to Say I arrived in Indonesia on a 30day Tourist Visa and We Stayed for 3 years.. We became an Interconnected part of Our Local Village in Penestanan and We are Blessed to Be Part of a Big and Beautiful Extended Family. I Know First Hand that It takes a Village to Raise a Child and Many Many Many Mamas to help us Stay Calm Cool and Collected:)
~I will not pretend that I Know Exactly where this Traditional Birthing Path will Lead. EveryTime I think I figured something Out…Life Throws Me a “Have You Considered this”? Curve ball that Keeps me on My Toes.. Im always Yearning to Learn More.. It’s a good thing I Love to Play and that I have Great Teachers and Teamates:) The Child in Me plans to Stay Open to Magical Enchantment and Simply Live My Way into the next chapter.. I Remember Soooooooooo much and I Have SOOOOOOOOOO much to Learn! My Heart and Hands are Open to the Journey as it Unfolds.”~
“At the Beginning of Time the Way that Women Gave Birth was Simple. For a Woman’s First Birth she would be Quietly and Unobtrusively Attended by her Mother or a Mother Figure.
But for her Next Births, the Woman Would Prepare a Quiet Secluded Spot and Once Labor Started She Would Go there… and Birth Her Baby Confidently, Alone and that Is How It Was for a Long Time.”
Editor’s Note: The author wanted to include this website with her article: www.ablessingrain.org