Childbirth is a transformative process for all women, an initiation. In the past, this process was recognised and revered. Childbirth was seen as a shamanic initiation. The childbearing woman had access to altered states of consciousness and visions. She brought not only new life to the world, but new information and insights. Sadly, the understanding of birth as a powerful, transformative process has been lost, but women continue to feel it nevertheless. Many, confused and isolated and without any cultural reference to understand what has happened to them, experience this transformation in the negative, in the form of post natal depression. But it does not have to be like this. The butterflies represent the metamorphosis of the pregnant woman. She must follow their example and embrace the profound changes that gestating a child will entail, allowing her consciousness to flower into something of unparalleled beauty.
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