Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Baby Collage

When I came across an amazing list of questions in a Hypnobirthing book, I decided that I needed to look at them on a daily basis for a while. That's when I got the idea to combine the questions with images of babies. One strategy I have for helping myself go into the birthing experience with confidence is to focus on the end product: a lovely baby boy! I want to focus on remembering that all of the sensations my body experiences during the birthing process are related to helping our baby enter into the world. I will try really hard to focus on the idea that the intensity is good because it is bringing us closer to holding our sweet baby boy. I figure the more I look at images of babies, the more excited I'll get. So I put together this collage and stuck it next to the water dispenser on our refrigerator. It takes forever to fill up my 40-ounce water bottle, so I have plenty of time to look at the collage each day!

Here are the questions:
  • How welcome do you feel?
  • How loved do you feel?
  • What kinds of messages are you receiving from things that are said?
  • What are your feelings about the interaction between your parents?
  • What kind of pace do your parents keep? Will there be time purposely created for you?
  • What kind of atmosphere will you come into?
  • How confident are you that you will be raised with love and patience?
  • How calm a world is being prepared for you?
  • How loving are the people you will be living with?
  • What tone of voice will be used by the people around you?
  • Do the people you are going to live with talk in gentle, loving ways?
  • Is each motion that you make received with joy?
  • What kinds of sounds/music/noises do you live with?
  • Is the nourishment that you are receiving conducive to your healthy growth?
  • How wholesome is the air that you are breathing? Will it foster good heath for you?
  • Are your environment and your body smoke free, alcohol free, and drug free?
  • How certain are you that you will be helped and guided toward becoming a loved and loving human being?
  • What kind of assurance do you have that your parents will give you understanding as you learn to adjust to your strange, new world?
  • Are you confident that you will learn by guidance, not punishment?

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Kelsey said...

These seem like really good things to be reflecting on! I have a question though - are you asking these questions from your baby's point of view or yours? i.e. are "the parents" in the questions you and Matt or are they your parents? I think it's you and Matt but I could see how both perspectives would be good reflections!

Anonymous said...

I have the same question as Kelsey!

Sara E. Cotner said...

Hi, All! The questions are from the baby's perspective. You can't see it clearly in the photo, but I wrote in black ink "from the baby's perspective" to clarify.

Kelsey said...

Ah, I see it! I was too distracted by all those cute babies!

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