Mira the miracle
Jyoti Marianne Bahri takes us through the birthing of her granddaughter, who emerged a fighter, influencing everyone involved
Birth. What does it mean? Everybody knows but still has a different understanding of it. According to the dictionary, it is the emergence of a baby from its mother’s body; the start of life as a physically separate being.
It brings memories of the birth of my children and grandchildren. A few years ago, my daughter Lavanya was in the last months of her pregnancy when complications arose. The doctor induced labour to save the child despite not reaching full term. The water had leaked out, and there was the danger of infection. Months before, we had worked together on the preparation for the birthing of my first grandchild: physical exercises, visualisations, breathing, and inner connection with the child. Amazingly, after the first dose of induction, the contractions came on very strong. We were encouraging the child to take the plunge, entering the tunnel of the unknown. I felt it would enable mother and child to go through the birthing process in a better way, being connected with the child—feeling the child and working together —supporting it, and ensuring it that it would be supported and welcomed on the other side.
Preparing for childbirth
I made my daughter aware that, in natural delivery, we have a choice to deliver the baby in loving contact with it through conscious breathing. It gives us a way of sensing the child, riding the waves of the labour pains, instead of being thrown about and overwhelmed by them, and, in the end, ejecting the child and throwing out an almost unwanted guest or a parasite.
The baby has been pushing ahead right into the required position to take the final journey into this life. It is not looking forward to moving out of the tightness. The urge to leave the cosy space of warmth and care, where every need was fulfilled without a demand, has not set in yet. It is too early; the natural impulse has not kicked in. It might not have the strength and courage to venture out from the little haven of the known to the darkness of the unknown. There is fear, hesitation, and maybe the need to feel a signal from out there—a sign to be welcomed, wanted, and well-received. A part can sense it, but it also needs to hear it loud and clear. She needs to be addressed not just as the unknown being inside but also as the beautiful baby girl you long to see. Tell her that the time has come. Reassure her to take courage to step into the unknown, secured. You are there, waiting for her. We long to be assisted, received, and welcomed at the uncertain time of birth and death, and need a lot of courage and assurance to let go and take the plunge.
The delivery was fast but a bit traumatic and not the kind of conscious birthing we had wished and were preparing for. The baby’s heartbeats slowed down, the breathing stopped, and they had to apply suction to pull out the baby as fast as possible to save her. My daughter’s first message was “Mom, we did well. We managed the baby and worked well as a team !” Unfortunately, the baby had the umbilical cord around the neck and suffered quite a bit in the end.
The mother and baby looked okay from the pictures they sent within five minutes of the birth. All of us were relieved, and we rejoiced. But shortly after, the baby developed high fever and breathing problems. The blood count went down and her situation was dire; they shifted her to the ICU. Later, I had the feeling that the baby might decide to quit her visit on earth. I realised the importance of finding access to the newborn and assisting her in coming to terms with life on earth.
From a hypnotherapy session, I could remember how lost I felt, witnessing my own birth experiences, being left in a dense fog, cut off from the clear perception of the guides and all the helping spirits who appeared to be so close and within reach inside the womb. To be born felt like torture, passing through the dark tunnel, searching for the light. Taking on this body fully by leaving the womb and entering this life, birth seemed like a tremendous loss. Confinement, another kind of imprisonment in such a tiny, vulnerable body, dependent on others, unable to do anything myself.
I could imagine that the baby might feel a sense of revolt, disappointment, and frustration, especially landing at the ICU in total isolation. Maybe she doubted if this was the place, the life, and the setting she had chosen. Was there a mistake, was she alone out here? Isn’t it better to return?
The inner dialogue with the baby
Entering in a deep inner connection, I could console her and ring the little bell to remind her of the choice she made and the plan—the blueprint—which she had laid out for herself. I could encourage her and assure her of the support she would receive from her parents and the entire family, to fulfill the task she has set out to accomplish. And I could also request her to give in, trust, and finally surrender, with the assurance that everything would be fine.
To everyone who had asked what they could do to help the baby survive, I suggested: “What makes life worth living despite all the complications and difficulties? Convince her. Just have an inner dialogue with her; tell her why she should stay in this life. Or clarify what this life (life in general) or your life is all about. That would help.”
And, in this way, at such a tender age, hardly a few days old, she acted as a special catalyst to bring one in touch with oneself and reflect on life and the more profound meaning and the purpose of our existence.
The miracle turnaround
The hospital rules, especially for the ICU, are stringent in Germany. My daughter and son-in-law battled their way in and made sure to touch the baby, talk to her, be with her, and envelop her with their love. They also understood that it was essential to give her a name fast to provide an anchoring point for the baby and a special vibratory force to manifest in her life. They named her Mira.
It’s amazing what all has happened since then. She survived and returned home a month after her birth. Life was not easy, not for her nor her parents. Everything was difficult, her feeding, her sleep, and it took a long time till everything came to a bearable level.
Life is difficult at times and must have appeared for Mira like a rose garden full of thorns pricking her at every step. But she turned into a fighter, a unique child full of empathy, bringing in her love for the world and everyone around.
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