World Summit on Birth

May 17, 10 World Summit on Birth

Here in Damanhur, we held the World Summit on Birth, May 5 – 9, 2010, with the participation of people from 16 different countries: midwives and doctors, healers and artists, coming together to share experiences and cultural perspectives around childbirth, building a unified movement to create world of peace through the sacred act of birth.

The speakers and workshop leaders of the Summit included: Ibu Robin Lim, Rev. Amanda Edwards, Antonella Marchi, Chiara Sozzi, Clara Scropetta, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Elsa Del Bo, Fiorella Rustici, Faye Read, Gino Soldera, Hanna Ojus, Jeanice Barcelo, Julie Gerland, Maria Pia Pandolfo, Marianne Littlejohn, Marta Campiotti, Stephanie Dawn, Tiziana Valpiana, Vitor Varela, and Damanhurians: Daina Albicocca, Farfalla Vitalba, Formichiere Carota, Giancarlo Fiorucci, Iride Pistacchio, Orango Riso and Wallaby Pulsatilla.

SummitDuring the five days of the Summit, there were sessions dedicated to: exploring birth in the world, getting glimpses of child birthing conditions in Africa, Asia, Australia, America and Europe, delving into the sacredness and ritual of birth, creating a Spiritual School for the Art of Birth, and defining the role of the doula. Workshops were presented on a wide range of themes: from yoga to facilitate childbirth, to the importance of the placenta, to the psychology and sexuality of birth. Damanhurians shared about the traditions and practices around childbirth and education at Damanhur. An international commission was formed to define objectives and build bridges of cooperation in this area of work.

I felt very fortunate and honored to have been present in those five days. The atmosphere was increasingly infused with nurturing feminine energies. We honored the elements and made sacred circles of connectedness. Participants offered tearful testimonies of gratitude for the reawakening of sensitive and spiritual aspects of themselves that had been overshadowed by everyday life and institutional contexts. The invisible realms were balanced with scientific and medical perspectives. New alliances and friendships were born. We celebrated life with songs and dances of peace, and at the culmination of the Summit, I truly felt that we had created a new world, in our microcosm within the Damanhur Crea conference center.

I invite all presenters, participants and friends to share their own experiences of the World Summit on Birth, by adding comments here on this page, keeping the fire of our intention alive and sharing it with the world.

 

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