The Right of Passage
As nature intended having a vaginal birth naturally is a
‘ Right of Passage ‘ for the baby. They instinctively know what to do and when the time is right they will make their entrance. As we know all too well, this is not always the case today, as the ever-increasing trend towards Cesarian sections, whether planned or emergency is very much the norm in all the major hospitals.
So the baby is left without the necessary and instinctive ‘ Right of Passage ‘ to complete their journey of entering this world.
This was so very much made evident to me when right from week two onwards, I started noticing how baby K, would keep moving upwards by wiggling and pushing backward with her feet and shuffling her body towards the top of the Moses basket. We were told that it is now safe practice to always make sure baby is at the bottom of the cot or Moses basket when putting the baby to sleep.
I noticed each time that when she just about falls asleep, she will instinctively just move herself up right to the top of the Moses basket. The interesting thing is that she always ends up in a slanted position towards one side only.
I soon realized she was putting herself back in the womb in a place of safety and familiarity as she goes back to sleep.
When the consultant carried out the c-section at baby K’s birth, the first thing she pointed out was that baby K was lying slanted in an engaged position. This suggests that when she shuffles back up to the top of the Moses basket, she is repeating how she was at delivery when she was still in the womb nearing her time of birth.
Baby K, was getting ready for her ‘ Right of Passage ‘, but just needed a bit more time to figure it out for herself.
However, as a precautionary measure, the planned c-section was carried out.