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Friday, August 12 • 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Poster: Ancestral Birth

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If we look back to anthropological accounts of birth in pre-civilized human groups, or attend to the myth and lore surrounding birth in indigenous communities, we discover that the birthing process was not always laden with the dread it elicits in the modern world. Unfortunately, in recent times nutrient deficits, morphological distortions arising from sedentism, the impacts of trauma, and other factors have rendered birth more challenging. In the medicalization of birth rampant in the Western world, a cascade of interventions is often employed that disempower birthing women, create deleterious health consequences for mother and baby, and interrupt the bonding process now known to be crucial for the psychological development of the young (the rate for caesarean birth in the United States is now 33%). We will discuss why this is so, as well as how we can assist and empower birthing women in the prenatal, birthing, and postpartum phases.

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Lina Sylvae

Lina Sylvae is a Certified Clinical Herbalist and doula (birth attendant). She has engaged in over a decade of dedicated inquiry into human health and healing, researching plant medicine, nutrition, movement, and strategies for the support of birthing people. She offers birth support... Read More →

Friday August 12, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT