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Encountering one's own birth experience with Identity-oriented Psycho-Theory and Therapy (IoPT)
Birth is the physical separation of child and mother, starting a new autonomy. During birth, the child is subject to their mother's experience, as well as going physically through their very own difficult moment.
The trauma experiences of your mother or her awareness of these are crucial prior conditions for childbirth. In addition, the physical and mental state of the mother during birth has a significant influence on the way you are experiencing this episode in your life.
Adding to these, there is the physical event of birth itself, including experiences of violence. Were instruments used, was medication applied? How long did the birth take? Was it bright In the birth room, was it loud, and was it cold? When did the child start breathing? Who touched the newborn first and talked to it?
Everything that is experienced during childbirth, emotionally and physically, can also be manifested in physical symptoms: hypersensitivity and headaches can be after-effects of displaced skull plates, autoimmune disorders or fear of failure those of a C-section, general body pain resulting from the violent experience of a medical examination.
Our birth is reflected in our lives both physically and mentally, especially at challenging times.
I would like to talk about births today, about the own birth experience and its relevance for our trauma biography, and about potential re-productions of that moment in our lives. After that, there will be time for an identity-oriented constellation on the issue of "My Birth Trauma".
Lily Anne Maier, born 1977, home Birth Midwife since 2003. Alternative Practitioner, homeopathy and phytotherapy and Perceptive Educator. Working with Identity-Oriented Psycho-Theory and Therapy (IOPT) according to Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert.
My Body and blood disorder
I grew up not understanding why I am always having fainting spells during assembly and piano classes. I took it as normal and accepted my condition. When I was pregnant with my children, I discovered I had low blood count and after tests found out that I am Thalassemia Minor. Thalassemia is in the medical sciences called an inherited blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anaemia. Anaemia is a condition in which your body doesn’t have enough normal, healthy red blood cells. This explains why I have the fainting spells, have shallow breathing and even a hunch on my right side of my back.
It was only after I met Prof Franz Ruppert’s works, that I looked at the root source of my trauma. I needed to have Thalassemia to save my parents from their constant fighting with each other. I experienced an amazing psychosomatic change on my hunch on my right when I realised that I was carrying my mother’s stress.
Often this is also the case with my clients, who have all sorts of creative ways to save their parents, being sick all the time to distract the parents from their own stress. As a mother, I finally understood how I unconsciously put stress on my children by playing the victim role.
Rebecca Lee, IoPT Facilitator, has been closely supervised by Christine Wong, Vivian Broughton and Professor Franz Ruppert since 2014. She graduated from Professional Training in Identity oriented Psychotrauma Theory led by Professor Franz Ruppert and Christine Wong in Asia in June 2017. She has practised the works of Professor Franz Ruppert since 2015 in both individual and group settings in Singapore and Manila.