seminar on childbirth and parenthood

The words above the entrance to Delphi’s Oracle “Man know thy self” are still the best of advice for all of humanity, so, I think it is high time to share what we have learnt so far. 

Study and discovery are essential in any field and teaching others and preparing more professionals who can apply and spread knowledge is very important, but I also believe that unless this knowledge is actually implemented widely discoveries and knowledge in prenatal psychology will remain only a privilege of only a small minority of humanity.

Helping people to resolve their issues is wonderful, but what is even more wonderful is the possibility to avoid those issues. 

I have an ambition to contribute to creating something that can truly help our troubled world to a new and healthy life. This is a time of great contrasts and of extraordinary possibilities and, if we can help bring into the world children who have been desired and loved and cared for even before they were conceived, then, I believe, we may hope to have citizens who will no longer need to prove themselves through competition and sometimes even through war to feel worthy or powerful.

I am talking about empowerment. There is no greater power then knowledge and I am talking about empowering people through self-knowledge to create and live the happy healthy life that is their birthright. 

Although the importance of the father figure is well recognized, the importance of the intrauterine relationship between the mother and the baby in her womb is unrivalled. 

The maternal-reproductive function is part of a woman’s biological essence, it is rooted in her deepest nature, independent of any possible external variables, which, however, can influence it. Obviously, historical or cultural influence can be relevant, but there is something atavistic that comes before any tradition and that even anticipates and determines tradition itself. 

In essence, a woman is a source of life and a guarantee of the continuation of the species.

My interest in the centrality of the intrauterine relationship, that is, of the woman-mother-foetus relationship during the nine months of pregnancy stems from the belief that ALL IS BORN FROM BIRTH. I believe that this is a fundamental period of psycho-biological imprinting in which the formation of personality traits and style of affective attachment takes place, but also the nesting of potential pathogenic nuclei in the foetus. It is on this delicate and unique phase of life that the brain, the nervous system of the future human being is “formed”, this is the “real” birth, the vertical and individualized birth, while the coming out of the mother’s womb birth will be the horizontal birth and family and, later, in puberty, it will be the social birth.

It is obvious that if we can protect women during pregnancy, we can actually protect the intrauterine relationship and, hence, the new human being that is growing in its mother’s womb. This is the purpose of primary prevention. I believe that any other prevention or treatment program, for example in adolescence or later, no matter how useful, will always have a temporal gap and will only perform a reparative function because it will act on a body where possible pathological mechanisms have been structured in a much earlier period. It is only too obvious that healthy individuals form healthy societies, while unhealthy individuals form unhealthy societies and, may I remind you that according to WHO health is not just the absence of disease, it is physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

And what are the tools we can use?

In my practice, I have successfully used the tools offered by Whole-Self psychology, Philosophy and Education, combining them humbly with new discoveries in neurosciences and teachings connected to quantum physics, as well as with a special psychotherapeutic tool that was developed many years ago at the Gyneacological Clinic of the university hospital of Rome, Umberto I°. 

Analytical Group Hypnosis is a technique that gives all participants (women and men) the opportunity to regress and relive any period of their life, including the intrauterine period and the experience of their birth, to verbalize, decode and process emotional experiences that normally remain unconscious and unknown. Non-conscious and unknown emotional experiences can be projected onto the foetus and become psychosomatic manifestations in early childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Obviously, the projection is through the mother-foetus relationship, but the father is part of the mother’s life, so his experiences have an impact on the foetus as well. Analytical Group Self-hypnosis has a preventive goal since it allows women to “prepare” for childbirth not exclusively and predominantly on a muscular plane, but in a much broader sense, on the psychological-emotional and relational level, ensuring that it is the final moment of a cognitive process (mother-child) that started long before; it offers not only an instrument of preparation for childbirth, but also for motherhood and fatherhood in a broad sense, protecting and supporting parents in their complex experience of custodians of humanity and guaranteeing to the unborn child the possibility of future psycho-physical well-being, fruit of the emotional-affective relationship received in the nine months of intrauterine life.

So, how does the process actually go?

All participants are required to first experience a pre and perinatal matrix analysis (PPAM) and an and multidimensional echoes of memory analysis (MDEMA). The session, which lasts two hours, starts with information regarding the physical biological aspects of pregnancy and the development of the foetus, then, all participants talk about something they experienced during the past week or something that for them is meaningful and on their mind and this is discussed in the second half hour, the third half hour is dedicated to discussing issues from their PPAM or EMDMA, while the third half hour is dedicated to regression and the last half hour is dedicated to sharing the regressive experience and discussing the impact of what they had experienced during the session on their self-awareness and their life in their community. 

Participants are not necessarily only expectant mothers and fathers; they are open to anyone who intends becoming a parent at some point of their life. Ideally, prevention should start already during adolescence.