With the guide you can:
📔Put down the books, stop memorizing physiology, and build your confidence in your inner knowing to guide your homebirth
💫Prepare for your intuitive homebirth with three of the Sacred Cycles your ancestral Wise Women followed to give birth intuitively
🌹Practice the 6 included inspirational affirmations to help you embody the Sacred Cycles and connect more deeply with your intuition
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Does the full moon influence labor?
Is it an old wives tale or do more women actually go into labor during a full moon?
It might surprise you to find out that the "moon" does influence the timing of your birth, but not necessarily the moon we see in the heavens above.
My background in Chinese medicine affords me some insight into physiology from a perspective that differs from the usual, and from the ancient history depictions of physiology the full moon is very much responsible for initiating labor.
This can be most easily explained via a diagram of the cycles of life that guide everything our body experiences in the day and throughout our lifetime. This cycle explains many, many cycles, but we will start with the basic 24-hour cycle. In this cycle you can see midnight is at the bottom of the circle and as we go clockwise, morning is next, noon at the circles top, and evening on the right. This cycle occurs everyday for our lifetime, as we are very familiar with.
Another way we experience this cycle is through the seasons. Looking at the seasonal cycle, we can see winter is at the bottom and going clockwise, spring is to the left, summer at the top, and fall at the right. Again, this cycle recurs yearly for our lifetime.
Then, we come to the moon cycle. At the bottom, we have the full moon, the waning moon, shrinking from our view on the left as we go clockwise, the empty new moon at the top and the waxing moon on the right becoming full once again at the bottom.
Our final circle is the birth cycle, you can see early labor starts at the circle's bottom, which coincides with the full moon. However, this cycle circles many, many times before labor begins, but when your baby is ready and you are rested and nourished enough, the moons line up and labor begins.
So, you see, this old wives tale has some root in truth, but we have to first uncover the original context to understand the full meaning behind the saying. Of course, sometimes earth's moon also lines up with birth and smiles down upon the newest human being!
Don't miss Part 2 where I will discuss the meaning of the circle in more depth and why the bottom of this cycle is so important for positive birth outcomes.
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