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Learn to reawaken your creative response and you will recapture the energy and enthusiasm of youth. In addition to helping you grow younger, the creative process can be applied to healing, relationships, the arts, and business. TAKING A CREATIVE LEAP Creativity is the process of taking the raw energy, information, and material of the universe and transforming it into something that has never been created before. As the uterus contracts, it closes off these open blood vessels and stems the blood loss. Remember, blood loss after birth is normal and to be expected. Normal blood loss is considered to be between 500ml and one litre. A litre is a significant amount of blood, and yet still considered within the parameters of normal loss. The quicker the uterus contracts and shrinks, the faster those open blood vessels are sealed closed and the blood flow stemmed. Just like with birth, the uterus muscles are fuelled by oxytocin, so the more of it you have, the more effectively (and faster) the uterus muscles will work. Therefore, giving a woman an injection of syntocinon (synthetic oxytocin) after birth boosts this natural process, speeds up the delivery of the placenta and gets the blood loss under control faster. For this reason, active management is recommended if you are at an increased risk of experiencing a postpartum haemorrhage. The three most common reasons (in no particular order) women are offered or opt for active management are: To speed up the process: Having the injection is likely to speed up the delivery of the placenta, which you might welcome if you have been in labour for a long time, are exhausted and just want to get into bed with your newborn and a hot cuppa. It really began as a hobby, he said. I started not with the idea that I would become so famous. Every day, after I finished my government job at five, I would come here to work for at least four hours, as I did on almost every holiday. At first my wife didn't understand what I was doing every day, but after I brought her to my jungle hut and showed her my creation, she was very pleased. One day I was looking out my bedroom window, and my eyes fell on an old whitewashed picket fence we had lying against our shed. I imagined faces within the weathering of the individual pickets (like when you see the face in the moon) and they looked like angels to me.

There are angels dancing in our picket fence, I said to my husband. Show me, he said, as he brought some of them inside. I spent an afternoon making them into garden angels by attaching a small piece of tin roofing material as wings to the back of the picket, and painting simple faces on the front. What treasures could you have just waiting to be discovered around your backyard? The finding exploded the idea that the children in the orphanages were dying simply because of exposure to germs. Rather, Spitz argued, they were dying from a lack of love, which compromised their health. There were probably other factors at work, too, like the lack of a stimulating environment, but it was undeniable that the children Spitz studied did not have a core person in their lives with whom they could forge a lasting, intimate bond--in whose company they felt comfortable, safe, accepted, welcomed, and wholly cared for. They were prevented from feeling any sort of belonging. As a result, they languished and suffered. In 1947, during a meeting at the New York Academy of Medicine, Spitz showed his colleagues video footage of the psychologically impoverished children at the unnamed orphanage he studied. The black-and-white film, crude and grainy, was called Grief: A Peril in Infancy. In one of the first title cards, the audience read, During early infancy the sum total of the baby's human relations is represented by its mother or her substitutes. Then Spitz's colleagues saw a little girl named Jane, who had just been dropped off at the foundling home by her mother. At first, Jane was happy and full of life. Whether you are creating an original work of art, a new piece of music, a unique software program, or a healing response to an illness, creativity requires a leap in awareness. If you are improving on something that already exists, that is innovation. Creativity brings something into existence that has never been here before. There are nine basic steps to the creative response. Become conscious of these steps and use the creative response whenever you are facing an issue or challenge in your life. You have unlimited creative potential that can be used to solve any problem you are facing.

Intended Outcome The first step of the creative response is to have a clear intended outcome. You must have a clear vision of what it is that you want to have unfold. If you are not certain about what you want, you are unlikely to fulfill your needs. To get blood loss under control: Giving the mother the injection will help the uterus to contract and shrink quicker, closing off the open blood vessels and stemming blood loss. If your midwife thinks you are losing more blood than expected after birth they will recommend active management. Retained placenta: If you have waited an hour and the placenta is showing no signs of coming of its own accord you will be offered the injection. The injection should kick-start the uterus muscles into action and, by contracting, help the placenta separate from the uterus wall. So, there we have it! All the stages of labour and, most importantly, what actually happens at each stage. Hopefully, having read this article, you now feel a lot more informed about how labour (despite its unpredictable nature) tends to pan out and the key elements you need to consider when creating your own set of birth preferences. BIRTH STORY Positive water birth at an attached birth Baby Wilf was born at thirty-nine weeks and is my third baby. Create a place in your home that feeds both the body and the spirit. It has often been said that the heart of the home is in the kitchen. People gather there more than any other room, in part to nourish the body. Along with our bellies, our spirits are fed there, too. Warmth and aromas from the stove provide comfort and contentment. I often sit in my kitchen with a friend, drinking tea, and working out a problem in this spot.

It's also where I learned to make fried chicken with my mother, as she shared the stories and lessons of her life. It's where I taught my daughter how to use a measuring cup and to count on herself, and where I've spent many hours alone, sipping a cup of coffee as I greet the day and myself. If you search your memory, you, too, will find delicious moments spent in the kitchen with family and friends. Savor those memories and bake up a few more. When Spitz leaned over her in the crib smiling and playing, she smiled back and laughed joyously. Then the film cut to footage of her taken a week later. She had become an altogether different child, with a depressed and searching look on her face. When a female attendant came over to her crib to play, as Spitz had done the week before, Jane looked at her and then started to cry. When Spitz came over and tried to comfort her, she was inconsolable. During the three-month period she was observed, Jane appeared to be in a state of grief, moaning with tears in her eyes. The other children also suffered. Upon entering the orphanage, they smiled, played, and explored the world around them--they were normal infants. But after having spent time in the orphanage, their personalities transformed. Their eyes went blank. State your intended outcome in clear positive language: I have a healthy body with abundant energy. My intimate relationships are loving and nurturing. Avoid defining your intentions in terms of what you don't want. Rather than saying I want to leave this dreadful job, state your intention as I have a position that enables me to express my full potential. Write down your intentions and review them regularly to be certain that they reflect your current desires. Although living in a state of flexibility implies not being attached to a particular outcome, it is still essential that you have unambiguous intentions.

Formulate a clear intention and be detached from the outcome. Information Gathering The second step is information gathering. In this stage, learn everything that is available about the issue you are facing. My previous two deliveries were less than ideal, which had left me feeling a bit negative about labour if I'm honest. I had pre-eclampsia with one and a failure to progress with the other, leading to two very `medical'-feeling births (me on my back, bright lights, lots of bodies, drugs and a total loss of control on my part). Wilf's birth could not have been more different and I am still on Cloud Nine about how well it went. I feel the whole delivery was a testament to hypnobirthing. On the morning of the birth I just knew he was on his way and I was excited about what would happen next, rather than anxious. I had my eldest son's nativity play at the local church at 10am, and by the time I was sitting down listening to him singing I was having light surges every fifteen minutes or so. Back at home, they continued in the same manner for the best part of the day and I chilled out, watching The Holiday, drinking tea and eating biscuits. At 4pm, I attempted a nap to bank some sleep and help me to relax but found I could no longer sleep through the surges, which were around every ten mins. Then, at 5pm, my waters broke all over the living room floor (proper comedy waters gush like in the movies - it was everywhere). It was at this point that I had a bit of a worry as I realised, with all the excitement over things happening, that I hadn't felt the baby move for a couple of hours. I have also come to understand that I am not alone in this. The foods, family recipes, traditions, comfort foods, and culinary delights we share with one another add flavor to our memories, and help to make our lives delicious. When I explore my memories of meaningful times, it is hard to not think of the food that was served. When I think of people whom I love and who have enriched my life, I often think of the moments and foods we shared. It seems that food and memories are as linked as hot dogs and ketchup, salt and pepper, and strawberries and cream. When I was a child, my mom made chicken fricassee with dumplings.