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Bern Fachhochschule Gesundheit orders copy of Orgonomic Midwifery
The library of this Swiss university of healthcare has just ordered a copy of our Orgonomic Midwifery. We have no idea who initiated this order, but it's great to know that orgonomic knowledge may now be making its way into the training of Swiss midwives. What a contrast with the UK, where our most influential childbirth charity, the NCT, doesn't want to know. (Vielen Dank, liebe Kollegin(nen)! Bitte schreiben Sie uns auf deutsch, wenn Sie wollen.) (16. 9. 15.)
Orgonomic Midwifery - an Introductory Textbook Available at Last
At last we have just received from the printers the second batch, this time with pictures included, of copies of our new publication, Orgonomic Midwifery - an Introductory Textbook. You can order it via the Paypal Artificers of Fraud page. Just send us an e-mail stating you want OM rather than AF. The cost is £10:00 plus £1:50 for second class UK postage. Airmail to Europe is £5:15. If you wish, you can send a cheque made out to C O R E to Orgonomy UK, PO Box 1331, Preston, PR2 0SZ. There is a full table of contents and further information about this book on our forthcoming publications page. Please see hyperlink above, bottom line of links to other pages. (June, 2015.)
I have posted a complementary review copy of this book to a named recipient at the NCT (National Childbirth Trust for our foreign readers.) The NCT is the most prominent, best-known childbirth charity in the UK and has quasi-official status, because it is so well known and influential. I have had no acknowledgement from the recipient and the 'phone has gone dead'. Childbhirth facilities and practice in the UK are obviously so marvellous that they don't need this positive input from an experienced practitioner with positive, low-tech, cheap suggestions on how to make things better for mothers and their babies. (10. 9. 15.)
Important Kickstarter Appeal - Traditional Midwifery Skills
If you follow this website in any detail, you will have seen how pre-occupied I have been with the Kickstarter appeal to raise funds for a documentary on the life and work of Wilhelm Reich. (See News Page, if this is new to you!) The appeal succeeded magnificently and is now closed.
A spin-off of all this is that I have come across an appeal on Kickstarter which aims to raise money to make a film documenting the skills and achievements of traditional midwives around the world. (These are all the time being eroded by the relentless spread of high-tech western medical practices.)The woman making the appeal is Steph Smith, a film maker and ecologist. In her appeal video she shows an anthropologist explaining that US obstetricians no longer palpate women's abdomens (to ascertain how the baby is lying). They use the ultra-sound scanner. (There is some evidence that ultra-sound may be harmful to babies in utero. Many babies try to 'escape' from the sound-beam, even from one emanating from a lightweight portable device for listening to the foetal heart, a Sonicaid.) This is a catastrophic loss of a natural, low-tech skill and shows the direction in which medicine is moving all the time, towards technology, expensive equipment, and lab tests and away from hands-on skills and human contact. Palpating a woman's pregnant abdomen is one of the loveliest thing a midwife can do and I loved carrying out this skilled midwifery procedure. A baby in utero responds to the midwife's hands, as does the mother, of course. It is beyond belief that it is seen as desirable to eliminate such a skilled and contactful procedure from maternity care. Midwives can do a palpation anywhere and have been doing them for millennia. You can only do a scan in a high-tech hospital.
It is vital that this midwives' knowledge, much of it invisible and not in western textbooks, is retained for the future, when we may not have the resources for our much-vaunted medical technology. Please support Steph's project on Kickstarter. The link is at the head of the page. Here it is again:
If you are new to midwifery, perhaps pregnant for the first time, this is not only about abdominal palpation. It is about a whole set of safe, low-tech, hands-on midwifery skills, all of them mediated by emotional and physical contact, that are being lost to humanity by the colonisation of all cultures by western mechanistic technology. I have picked on abdominal palpations because Steph has also referred to it in her appeal video. Emotional contact is a huge ingredient of effective midwifery and is destroyed by technology. Please support Steph's Kickstarter appeal. (Posted 21. 11. 14.) PS (18. 12. 14.) This appeal has also succeeded and the project will be funded. I will post any information I receive from the film-maker, Steph Smith, about availability and buying it.
PS The blind trust in 'technology' and the automatic assumption that it is going to be better than simple, human methods, is, of course, one reason why I have found it so difficult to make any progress with my orgone therapeutic midwifery project. People cannot believe that you have got anything serious to offer, unless it is a gadget, unless it is 'technology'. They cannot imagine that one can have a deep effect on a woman's physiology in labour simply by means of eyes, hands, and two bio-energy systems in contact with each other.
What This Page is About
This page is on the use of orgone therapy in midwifery as a natural way of supporting a woman's inborn capacity to give birth herself, using her own natural powers. It can also be used as a natural method of 'first aid' when things are going wrong. I used it myself on the quiet with all the women I looked after in labour when I worked in the British NHS. Its main component is work with the mother's breathing. Most people's breathing is at least to some extent disturbed by muscular tension. This has an inhibiting on the autonomic nervous system and so on the natural physiology of labour. By helping a woman in labour to breathe more fully and naturally a midwife can help her labour to stay normal and enjoyable, reduce the need for external pain-relief, and reduce the chance of complications.
Textbook on Orgonomic Midwifery
While our website has been stranded I have been busy getting this book ready for publication. Our print-on-demand people are printing it as I write this and I hope to have it in time for the Easter midwifery study week. Please see the news page for details on how to order. (24. 3. 15.)
Publication of this book is moving ahead slowly and with the usual hiccups and minor scares, but it is definitely moving ahead. We now have an ISBN for it, which is 978-0-9574850-1-3. Provisional publication date is March 30th, 2015, but if you really can't wait, it may be available a few days before that. Price is £10:00 and you can order it via our Artificers of Fraud PayPal page, simply mention the title in the accompanying message. Postage within the UK will be (second class) £1:50, the same as Artificers. (16. 2. 15.)
I have now completed the first draft of my textbook on orgonomic midwifery and have even found a local artist willing to do the drawings. Watch this space. I very much hope to have this book printed and available to hand out to students during the Easter study week. (See below for details and also the Events Page.) Please tell anyone you know who may be interested in that event. It is open to anyone with a serious interest in natural birth. I would like to demonstrate the work with pregnant volunteers. If you are one such, you may attend free for the whole week, or just drop in for a demonstration session, as you wish. You may acquire some skills and abilities that will help you to enjoy your eventual labour. I will do my best for you, though, of course, I cannot promise anything. (21. 11. 14.)
Provisional Contents of Midwifery Textbook
Chapter 1 Natural Birth
Chapter 2 Childbirth and Muscular Armouring
Chapter 3 The Basic Principles of Orgone Therapy
Chapter 4 The Segments in Muscular Armouring
Chapter 5 Recognising Muscular Armouring
Chapter 6 Emotional Contact and Physiology
Chapter 7 Orgone Therapy in the Labour Room
Chapter 8 Assessing Orgone Therapeutic Birth Preparation
for Research Purposes
Chapter 9 The Onset of Labour
Chapter 10 Care of the Newborn Baby
Chapter 11 The Bio-Energetics of Breast-Feeding
Chapter 12 Future Research Projects
Appendix A Everyday Orgone Therapy
Appendix B Orgone Therapy in Midwifery
Orgone Therapy in Midwifery: a Beginner's Practical Guide
I hope to publish an updated edition of this practical guide soon. (It will also be included in my textbook on orgonomic midwifery, see contents list above.) This guide was one of my first orgonomic publications and was first written in 1997. I have just finished retyping the whole text onto my hard-drive. I couldn't find it in my new PC and so have had to resort to typing the whole thing out again, about 30,000 words! This guide was printed on A5 pages, double spaced, and spiral-bound so that users could lay it out flat on the floor and keep referring to it, as they started a few basic orgone-therapeutic procedures with a trusted fellow-learner. I have learnt a lot since 1997 and so the whole text will need completely revising. I will certainly have it ready in plenty of time for our midwives study week next spring. I have incorporated this text in the textbook on orgonomic midwifery that I am at present writing. I shall still make the working spiral-bound version available separately to interested students, so that they can work from it with a fellow student lying on the floor or a couch. Although written wholly with midwives and expectant mothers in mind, this text would also be helpful to those who want to learn something of the basic principles and theory of orgone therapy and who have no possible teacher to hand. I shall keep readers informed of progress. (8. 9. 14.)
Study Week on Orgone-Therapeutic Midwifery - Spring 2015
This is now over, of course, but I am leaving this information up so that possible future students can see what C O R E has to offer. We can run a similar study week or weekend anywhere where there is enough interest. A student-midwife from Germany planned to spend a week in the UK studying with me at C O R E, so I opened this up to other learners to make a study week for a small number of midwives or student midwives. This was a unique opportunity, possibly the first such event ever organised anywhere. It attracted all of three participants, none of them midwives, even though a small number of midwives quite definitely knew about the event. The plan for the week remains below for the information of anyone interested in this work.
Principles of orgone therapy and muscular armouring (web page here)
Dick-Read’s model of fear and childbirth
The ANS, breathing, and physiology, expansion and contraction
What is a ‘natural’ birth? Recognising armouring
Primary natural and secondary natural
Emotional contact and physiology
Bio-energetics of breast-feeding (web page here)
The orgone accumulator in pregnancy
It will help students and save much time if you can familiarise yourself with the basics of orgone therapy before we start. It will be much more interesting and the course will move much faster at the beginning, if everyone can arrive with some grasp of the basics, so that we can straight away get involved with the part that you are going to be interested in, the use of OT in actual midwifery practice. I will at least cover the basics in outline.
I things go well, (and it’s a big ‘if’, for the usual reason, the difficulty in finding a graphic artist who can do the necessary illustrations), my textbook on orgonomic midwifery may have been published by then and so students will have a supporting text to work from. I have already finished writing a first draft of the text. If you or anyone you know can help with the illustrations, simple line-drawings from life, please get in touch.
Preparing for the Study Week
C O R E’s booklets provide an introduction to most of the topics to be covered. The relevant titles are; Everyday Orgone Therapy, An Introduction to Orgonomic Midwifery, and The Bio-Energetics of Breast-Feeding. In addition, you should have read The Function of the Orgasm, by Wilhelm Reich, in particular chapter VII, The Breakthrough into the Biological Realm, and chapter VIII, The Orgasm Reflex and Vegeto-Therapy. If you can manage to read all these before you start, you should be beginning to get some idea of how OT is relevant to childbirth. I will also assume that some participants have been busy as working students in the NHS up to the last minute before the study week and will not have had time to get through all this reading. I will cover the relevant topics, but obviously not in the detail that you will find in The Function. If things go well, I will be able to send copies of my textbook on orgonomic midwifery to participants in advance of the study week. Please see Recent, New, and Forthcoming Publications page for contents.
Further Options - the orgone accumulator and the Reich blood test
The use of the orgone accumulator is quite unknown in the UK, but Reich suggested it as a natural support for a healthy pregnancy in The Cancer Biopathy. If you have got time to spare, a reading of this book before the study week would deepen your understanding of many of the above topics. C O R E has an accumulator and participants are welcome to use it during the week. We also publish a booklet, How to Build and Use Your Own Orgone Accumulator (web page here). The Reich blood test is not directly relevant to midwifery, though it could be used in various possible midwifery research projects (web page here). These may interest some of you. I can demonstrate this test, if students wish to see it done. C O R E has a booklet on this, The Reich Blood Test. If you need further information about preparing for the week, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I will confirm dates as soon as I can. (Dates now confirmed - midday, Monday, March 30th to midday, Friday, April 3rd, 2015.)
Testimonial to the Supportive Effects of Orgone Therapy in Labour
I subscribe to www.netmums.com , a national on-line network of mothers of young children in the UK. You don't have to be a mother to subscribe, not even to be female, although almost all the postings and news items speak to recipients as if they are the mother of either a new baby or younger children. It is full of tips about everything to do with motherhood, ranging from pain relief in labour to choosing a baby's name and good ideas for things to do in the holidays with your children. It is a very good way of keeping in touch with what new mothers are thinking and feeling. The website runs a feed-back page from women who wish to post a 'review' of their local maternity hospital. I often used to wonder what our patients thought of the quality of care they received in our unit in Preston. My guess was that it all depended on the individual midwife that any particular woman ended up with. This was almost always a matter of sheer chance. Unless you knew a woman on delivery suite and asked to look after her, you were just allocated to a certain woman by the senior midwife in charge. She would allocate midwives according to their experience, preferences, if any, and the workload at the time.
When I became aware of this review page on netmums recently I looked it up, curious to see what the women said about our unit. As I had guessed, it was very varied and hard to believe that the women were talking about the same hospital. Some said the care had been marvellous and that their own midwife had been an absolute saint who could do no wrong. Others found their midwife or the midwives uncaring, unfriendly, and quite unsupportive. They didn't mention any names, of course. But one woman did in effect mention me by name as she said she had had a male midwife in labour. I was the first male midwife to work in that unit and they have not had another one since I retired, and anyway, this report did date back to my time there. I was the third carer she had had. Here is what she said about my care. The capitals and exclamation mark are hers, not mine:
The third was FANTASTIC! I had a male midwife who offered unending support. It was such a positive experience and made such a difference to how I coped after the birth. Stand up for yourself and go with your instincts. Good luck!
I am not posting this to show how wonderful I, Peter Jones, am, because I know I am not. What was wonderful for that woman was the hugely positive effect on her labour of the lightweight orgone therapy that I used to help her with her breathing. This simple support of a woman's breathing during labour has a very mobilising and relaxing effect on her labour and helps her to surrender to the spontaneous movement of labour. This woman obviously felt it helped her enormously. It seems to be especially important that her postitive experience of giving birth carried over into the early post-natal period and helped her in the challenging first few days. It is Reich's discoveries and the therapeutic techniques that he developed and which I was fortunate enough to learn myself from his former student, Ola Raknes, that are so wonderful and such powerful tools in the hands of any midwife. I have still not been able to hand these skills on to a single midwife. It looks as if I am going to take them to the grave with me. If you know someone who you think might be able to use these skills, please tell them about this book and my work. You/she can contact me via the 'contact C O R E' hyperlink above. (3. 5. 14.)
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Learning Opportunity for Student Midwives?
Update, May, 2018. I regret to report that the enquiries from (student) midwives mentioned below have come to nothing and that as things stand I am still going to be taking these skills to the grave. This is a disaster for orgonomy. If you know anyone who might possibly be interested in this project, please tell them about the offer below of training in orgonomic midwifery.
This project is proving simpler than I thought. If you are already qualified and want to get a midwifery job in the UK so that you can come and study with C O R E, go to www.jobs.nhs.uk . There you will find every vacancy in the NHS (National Health Service)! You can even make an application on line. If you want information about where places are in this country and what a particular hospital is like, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com . I recommend a map of the UK for this project, unless you know it well already.
(PS 6. 1. 14. We have had a serious enquiry from a qualified midwife about this training offer. Wonderful! Thanks for your interest. And now, 15. 1. 14., someone else is seriously interested. This could be a really exciting project to take part in, helping to make orgonomic history. Places limited!) Are you thinking of training as a midwife in the EU? Are you interested in the use of orgone-therapeutic methods in midwifery? Are you interested in training as a midwife as opposed to an obstetric nurse? Then you may like the sound of this proposal. Come to the UK to do your midwifery training at a local university in the northwest of the UK and while you are here I will teach you everything I know about childbirth and orgone-therapy! I won't charge you anything for the privilege either. I will do it because I want my knowledge to be handed on to other midwives who can use it and pass it on to yet more midwives. As things stand with orgonomy in the world and particularly in the UK, my orgonomic knowledge and extensive experience and skills will die with me. So far no-one has been interested enough to want to come and learn how to use orgone-therapeutic skills in labour. (PS November, 2013: a Student midwife from Germany, who I met at the recent Rome conference. is planning to visit to learn about OT in midwifery at some point during her course, within the next year or two. (4. 1. 14.)
Requirements and prior qualifications for university entry have been, as far as I can see, 'harmonised' so that if you qualify in your own country, you qualify for UK admission. I would, of course, give you a helping hand in getting established here and even be able to help you with your English. (I used to teach English as a foreign language.) If you happen to read this and are a Brit, the offer is open to you as well. I address it in particular to potential students from outside the UK as there is never any interest in orgonomy here and I have already met one student from Italy who for a time thought seriously of taking up this offer. If you are a qualified midwife, we could follow the same plan, if you came and worked as a midwife somewhere within reach of Preston for a couple of years.
The reason why this is such a positive plan is that in the UK midwives are trained to manage the whole of labour and all ante-natal and post-natal care. It is possible and often happens for a maternity patient in the UK system to receive almost all her ante-natal, intrapartum, and post-natal care without ever seeing a doctor. As far as I remember the only exception is the routine ante-natal checks carried out on the woman's cardio-vascular system and breasts. These checks are carried out at the first ante-natal clinic visit. Midwives are not trained to carry out these checks. They are pathology-orientated to exclude various cardiac conditions dangerous in pregnancy and labour or routine preventive checks for breast-cancer. If a woman is classed as 'low risk'. she is then only seen by midwives at her ante-natal checks and even a 'high-risk' woman is attended by a midwife during labour. If things go well, a doctor will not be involved in her intrapartum care. For example a qualified midwife will care for and deliver the baby of a woman who has had a previous CS. Even a student midwife might deliver the baby of such a woman, with appropriate support, of course. As a student-midwife in the UK you will be delivering your own babies with the supervision and support of an experienced mentor-midwife within a week or two of starting your first allocation on your hospital delivery suite. After you have witnessed five normal vaginal births, you can start delivering babies yourself. That stage in the training is a great experience.
So... at the end of traing a UK midwife is able to care for a woman in labour as an independent practitioner and learns to accept the responsility for delivering babies safely. She does not expect an obstetrician to come in and take over when the baby is about to appear, as happens in many countries with severely medicalised maternity care, eg, the US, Brazil, and Italy, to mention three that I know about. Please tell anyone else you know about this offer. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I speak Russian and German quite well and French fairly well, if language is a problem. I can just about understand e-mails in Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese. (9. 8. 13.)
Publication of Orgonomic Midwifery and Baby-Care
As you may have read on our news page, it is now going to be possible to get this book published in English here, though it seems an act of moronic optimism, when I have not had a single request for information about this crucially important work from anyone in this country. Perhaps a book lying round where it can be seen will stir up some interest. Even if it doesn't, at least it will mean that the information is out there available for those who may want to use it in the future. For more information and a list of contents, please go to Young Learners/Orgonomic Midwifery page. As always, I need help with the illustrations. If you can help with simple line drawings and diagrams, not many, please contact me at email@example.com .
Orgone-Therapeutic Breast-Feeding Support
C O R E is offering orgone-therapeutically orientated support and advice for breast-feeding mothers. This a completely new venture, possibly the first in the world. Please go to Breast-Feeding Support for further information.
Important New Swedish Research on Prematurity
I admit I have got this from the UK Daily Mail, often not a great source for accurate information, but the source of this is pretty solid. I don't normally read this paper, but found myself dipping into it casually in the local library after looking someone up in the DNB. I found there a summary of some recent Swedish research on the long-term effects of premaure birth on mental health. Apparently there is a significant difference in the rates of serious mental illness in adults who were born at term and those born prematurely, (before 37 weeks of gestation according to 'official' medical categories). A suggested explanation mentioned in the article was that premature birth does something to the brain chemistry. Yes, how predictable, since brain chemistry and activity is the flavour of the month at the moment. Orthodox medicine and approaches to infant care inspired by it have no awareness of bio-energetic contact, contraction, and expansion, so will miss the catastrophic effects of the complete deprivation for the very premature baby of emotional contact with his mother, often for weeks from birth, and the resulting chronic bio-energetic contraction. This was observed and described by Reich as long ago as 1948 in The Cancer Biopathy.
There is an opportunity for some really deep comparisons here, as premature babies born in poor countries are not subjected to the isolation of neo-natal intensive care, as they can't afford it in such places. Premature babies are cared for in contact with their mothers, commonly called 'kangaroo care.' In some countries, eg, Brazil, even normally born, full-term babies are bunged into incubators at birth. See video de parto normal on YouTube for an example of this horror. The privileges of prosperity, eh?
I will try to get the original report and post more accurate information about this topic, as it is so important to orgonomy. For the time being UK readers can find the summary in the Daily Mail for Saturday, June 2nd. As far as I can see, there was no mention of this report in The Guardian of the same day. Funny that, eh? (3. 2. 12.)
Asking Orgonomic Questions about Birth
A couple of days ago C O R E received the following enquiry from a German student, Sebastian Buhr. It touches on two vital issues in orgonomy, so vital that, with his permission, I am posting his question and my reply.
Firstly it is a great example of a good orgonomic question. The question focuses on the great differences in women's experience of childbirth and the possibility, (actually a fact, but Sebastian was not sure it was a fact), that labour may not automatically be painful for all women. It touches on the fact that we do not have an explanation for the difference in pain and distress experienced in labour by different women.
Well, the reason why I'm writing is, that I've one short question to you that bothers me. In his book "The Emotional Plague" Charles Konia describes that severe labour pains result from pelvic armor. My question is, if all women, armored or unarmored, have labour pains or are there unarmored women who don't have these pains at all?
My answer was the following:
Thanks for your enquiry. You are a good orgonomist! You have hit the bullseye with this question. The answer ist ganz klar [quite clear], with most women having some armouring and many a lot of it, there are still a small number of women who give birth without any real distress and who enjoy giving birth. The best birth I have witnessed was that of a young girl having her first baby. She didn't need any external pain relief at all and gave birth squatting in an atmosphere of complete calm and silence. As we say in English, you could have heard a pin drop. I have witnessed maybe half a dozen other, similar births. Careful, gentle orgone therapeutic support can also help a woman to give birth much more comfortably than she would have done otherwise.
I was so delighted to receive this enquiry that I sent off a reply almost immediately. On reflection I would add that in my years in the NHS I witnessed many more births that, although not entirely pain-free, were still completely bearable, enjoyable, and satisfying for the mother, who just made use of Entonox (a gas mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen commonly used in UK midwifery) for the strongest contractions. Most women expecting their first baby are fixated on how much it is going to hurt and see the pain as an immovable obstacle to be avoided or dealt with as effectively as possible. The 'pain of labour' is not a fixed item at all and changes according to the woman's position, movements, how fully she is able to breathe, and the moral support she gets. The keys to a good labour (from the mother's point of view) are remaining upright, moving about, and having contactful moral support.
So much of the everyday misery of human life is taken for granted as natural and part of the 'human condition' and the refusal to question this is one reason why no-one is interested in orgonomy. Examples that we all experience ourselves or see in others are - the pain of childbirth, the wretchedness of many new-born babies, the 'terrible twos' of toddlers, adolescent sexual conflicts, the loss of interest in learning in many adolescent boys, the 'yob' culture, racism, political authoritarianism, the rarity of happy, satisfying marriages and adult sexual partnerships, the destruction of the environment, moronic, stupifying entertainment, and so on, on and on. Someone open to orgonomy questions the alleged naturalness of these things and finds that orgonomy can explain why they are so common and what we might do about them.
I have learnt from experience that no-one wants to ask any question to which the answer is 'muscular armouring'. Any such question is automatically avoided. People do not want to be reminded of what they have done to themselves. Intuitively they know the answer and do not want to face this answer, which is emotionally upsetting to most people. Unconsciously they are aware of the causes and run away from any explanation that might reveal them. (21. 5. 12.)
All statements on this page are informed by 15 years' experience as a midwife in the British National Health Service as well as a lifetime's study of orgonomy and orgone therapy.
C O R E's Booklets relevant to this page
I have also written a full-length book, as yet unpublished, Orgonomic Midwifery and Baby-Care. I am willing to make the text of this available on line to serious enquirers and students of orgonomy and midwifery. At the moment it is being translated into Greek, Portuguese, and Italian. We hope to publish a small run of this title in English this year.
My apologies for the absence of a caption to this photo shown with permission from the originator, our colleague in Brazil, Beatriz Maia di Vasconcelos. The original caption was in a text box to the right, which I have just discovered obscuring part of the paragraph below. After several attempts to position it correctly with one.com's useless software I have given up and erased it. Anyway, these are some Brazilian barrigas, which means tummies or bellies. In the textbox I asked out loud how long before it would be possible to take a similar photo in the UK of expectant mothers who are preparing themselves for natural birth with orgone-therapeutic support and coaching? At the moment the answer looks like being never. We have had one enquiry about birth from someone in Australia. I sent her C O R E's booklets and haven't heard from her since. The way things are my skills and knowledge in this field will disappear with me into the grave.
Thank you for your interest in this vital area. Orgone Therapy is probably the least known aid to better birth of all the alternative methods available to expectant mothers. This is a tragedy, as it can give a nervous expectant mother extremely effective tools with which she can work to help herself to enjoy labour more and, we hope, have a better outcome clinically.
What is orgone therapy? How does it work? How can it help a woman in labour? Orgone therapy is the original 'body psycho-therapy' and was first developed in the nineteen thirties, while Wilhelm Reich was in Norway to escape persecution by the Nazis. The crux of its effectiveness is Reich's discovery of muscular armouring, the chronic tensions which people form, unawares, usually as babies and small children, to protect themselves from the pain stemming from the frustration of their primary needs in infancy. These also have a disruptive effect on the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and your ability to give birth easily without medical assistance.
Reich also discovered that there is a natural breathing pattern, which, if mobilised in a labouring woman, helps her to surrender to the involuntary movements of labour, reduces pain, and puts her in touch wiht her natural capacity to give birth by her own efforts. You can be coached simply to make some contact with this breathing pattern and this can help your labour significantly. It is not too difficult a job to also coach your labour companion, so that he/she can help you keep breathing more fully than usual, assisting you to remain open and relaxed. We can run a short workshop for a small group of expectant mothers or even visit you privately to help you to prepare for birth using these methods.
The disturbance to the ANS by armouring is probably what causes so much pain in labour to many women. (Not all labours are painful.) This disturbance means that there is a conflict in your physiology between the sympathetic side of the ANS, which resists the spontaneous impulses of labour, and the parasympathetic, which mobilises them. For a more detailed explanation of these observations and for more information on how orgone therapy works in labour, please enquire. We can send you further leaflets, articles, and diagrams.
We can also run a local day or weekend workshop, where we can teach you some basic ways of helping yourself during your labour. The information here and that contained in C O R E's extensive writings on childbirth are based on Peter Jones's fifteen years experience as a midwife in the NHS and a lifetime of the study of orgonomy and orgone therapy.
For more information contact Peter Jones, (retired midwife), at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last revised May 28th, 2018
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