the moon cycle, the solar cycle of the seasons—so we experiencenatural cycles within our bodies, the lifecycle, the menstrual cycle, andthe birth cycle. The gestation of pregnancy is actually ten lunar cycles,and many people call the postpartum time, the babymoon.Throughout gestation, the mother and baby are biologically one unit.The baby is dependent upon the health, nourishment, and love of themother. Humans live in the womb of Mother Earth, and we are alldependent upon the health of the planet and our environment, whichprovides us with everything from atoms to atmosphere, to food,shelter, and medicine.The Earth is our Mother. She gave birth to all of us; all the trees,mountains, herbs, flowers, animals, minerals, and humans are herchildren and family. Her web of interconnectivity and interdependencebinds us all. This Earth-Body balance is vital for health; a balancebetween ecological health, such as a sense of connection to place andenvironmental health, and somatic health, the physical, personal, andinner essence of body and spirit well-being.Humanity must honor our interdependence with nature in order to healour bodies, and our Earth. Western culture’s disrespect for the Earth isseen as the destruction of the environment, natural resources, ancientforests, atmosphere, and oceans. This is mirrored in the highlyinvasive treatment of women’s bodies in medicine, media, andchildbirth practices. Western culture is no longer in sync with therhythms and cycles of nature. We are cutting open our bodies and ourplanet. The farther we push ourselves from living ecologically, inbalance with nature, the more we kill ourselves and our planet. Howdo we find a way to regain balance?In our vision to create a safe world for children to live in, we mustbegin with making birth safe for children, so that they may be at homein their bodies. In order to heal birth, we must care for the wholehealth of mother, baby, family, and community. Healing art midwiferymust address the body, mind, heart, and spirit of mother and planet.Each birth is a seed for humanity. The journey to healing begins withaddressing the birth trauma that we carry, from our own births, andthe births our ancestors. Each birth brings a new opportunity topreserve the garden.
Michel Odent, a French obstetrician-turned-midwife and primal healthresearcher, advocates in his book “The Farmer and the Obstetrician”