Art by Josephine Wall
In my blogging absence, I have accomplished quite a bit in my work as a server of my birth community. In August I became an Accredited Breastfeeding Counselor with Breastfeeding USA and started our Bloomington Chapter (first meeting to be held in a few weeks!) I have also been approved to start and lead, with Co-Leader Amy Beck, our ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) Chapter here in Bloomington. In addition to volunteering, I have decided on a Midwifery Program and found a wonderful preceptor! This is what I have been working towards for a while and it thrills me to bits to see it actually coming into fruition!
The point of my post here is something I learned in my Childbirth Educator Course through Birth Arts International. One of my assignments was to consider Susan Weed’s Six Steps of Healing and to use them in both a life scenario and a birth scenario. What I learned from this assignment was that it made things much clearer and easier if I observed/considered each of these steps, often not needing the last few steps. I wanted to share them with you and ask if you have used them, can you share an example and did doing so make things clearer or easier for you?
Susan Weed’s Six Steps of Healing:
Step 0: Do Nothing (sleep, meditate, still the chatter, observe)
Step 1: Gather Information (support groups, low-tech diagnosis, books)
Step 2: Engage the Energy (ceremony, homeopathy, affirmations, laughter, open window)
Step 3: Nourish and Tonify (herbal infusions, vinegars, hugs, food choices, massage)
Step 4: Stimulate/ Sedate (hot/ cold water, many herbal tinctures, acupuncture)
Step 5A Use Supplements (synthesized or concentrated vitamins, minerals, food substances)
Step 5B Use Drugs (chemotherapy, tamoxifen, hormones, high dilution homeopathics, and potentially toxic herbs)
Step 6 Break and Enter (surgery, invasive tests, radiation therapies)
For more information about the Six Steps of Healing, as well as the Three Traditions of Healing, visit here.
Please share your thoughts and/ or experiences below. Do you find these steps useful? Can you apply these to a birth scenario and share how they worked or how they may have worked if the steps were observed?