---- So what would you most like to tell a woman who is going though pregnancy right now?
We would really like for them to feel true excitement and joy through the experience of birth and parenthood.
---- That really happens you give birth here?
Yes, people really experience it. Once they are over the painful contractions and hold the baby, all the pain totally disappears and all you feel is this amazing happiness and love towards the baby.
Babies really are lovely and that moves people tremendously and deep content arises within you. To have such a deep happy emotion, to have such feeling as the starting point of your parenthood will allow you to get through the difficult hurdles of parenthood with a strong driving force.
Here we always make sure the baby sucks the mother’s nipple as soon as it is born so a strong bond between the mother and the baby is formed. This bond is a very important base of going through hardship together. Through experiencing your pregnancy and birth experience in this center, we would like you to nurture the feeling that "whatever happens, I love my baby"
Even in the most difficult times of parenthood we would like you to feel first and foremost the love towards your child, by making a wonderful start in our center.
---- What is it that you find is most important at the time of labor?
It is very important that the mother holds the baby as soon as the baby is born. This skin-to-skin contact straight after birth, deepens the emotion and strengthens the bond (helped by the increased secretion of hormones such as oxytocin and prolactin).
In our center, through respecting the natural rhythm of the labor we make sure that the perineum does not tear so there are fewer burdens on the body’s recovery. Through natural birth, both physically and mentally you can enter parenthood as feeling of love towards your baby as the starting point and as the base.
---- So what is important during pregnancy?
Natural birth comes from living naturally; this is our prime message toward pregnant women. So first, start spending your days in tune with the nature’s rhythm and lead your body to be in tune with nature. This is important, as a person who is in tune with nature is able to "catch" the contractions well.Practically speaking, the first step is to start getting up in the morning with the light of the sunrise and go to bed when it is dark. Then your body will slowly be able to sense the subtle changes in nature, such as waning and the waxing of the moon as well as the tides of the ocean, which labor is influenced by. This will allow your body to start the contraction at full moon and be able to give birth with a good momentum.
So we do recommend you to have a life style, which is as close to nature’s rhythm as possible so that your body will be in tune with nature.
---- So that is the basic preparation to aim for a natural labor at Matsugaoka Josanin.