The Global Prenatal Initiative is a campagne to raise awareness about the impact of the prenatal period on the developpement of a human being. The goal is mainly to spread information about this period to further the evolution of individuals, families and even society in all it’s aspects. The vision we have is that peace starts in the womb and we defend « Maternal empowerement » (Give power to mothers) as an essential part of sustainable developpement.
The Youth Delegation that unites about thirty young people from about fifteen nationalities and from various fields of expertise (Midwifes, Doctors, International Relations Specialists, Artists, Students, Political Scientists…) participates actively in this campaign on a global scale in partnership with the Noble Institution for Enviromental Peace (NGO in special consultative status with the UN).
In 2014, the GPI held an official partnership with the International Year of Families and in 2015 with the International Year of Light. In 2016, the GPI is helping to spread information about the importance of Pulses for the nutrition of pregnant women, in partnership with the Internation Year of Pulses. The GPI also supports the “1001 critical days manifesto” (from conception till 2 years of age) in the United Kingdom: http://www.1001criticaldays.co.uk/
Meet the Youth Delegates:
Lubiana Gosp Server
I have always been passionate about social engagement, philosophy and international politics, this is why the balance beween those interests in my life is fundamental for me. Living in several countries helped me realise how important cultural diversity is for me. I speak French, German and English. I have a Bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva and I have learnt a lot about Economy, History, Law, Political Science on an international level. Because I wanted to increase my critical mind and my capacity of questioning the world, I decided to do a second Bachelor degree in Philosophy with the University of Paris X.
I am now doing my Master degree in Public Management (major in International Policies) at the University of Geneva.
I am involved in the cause of « maternal empowerment » since 2011, because I strongly believe that parenthood and education are the keys for a global and durable peace. I was an United Nations Representative of a first NGO for 4 years in Geneva, where I could speak up for “maternal empowerment”. Now I am a United Nations Representative of the NGO called Noble Institution for Environmental Peace, which recognizes that the first human environment is the womb. I had the opportunity to do advocacy for maternal empowerment in several places : at the United Nations for 5 years, in the preparation conference of RIO+20 in Paris, at two World Family Summits in Germany and in China and finally in local organizations in India (schools, hospitals).
Furthermore, I am the Co-Director of the Global Prenatal Initiative – Youth Delegation which I co-founded. Because I think that “youth empowerment” is a very important tool for peacebuilding, I founded Coexister Genève as well. It is a group of young people which, through dialogue, solidarity and the development of mutual awareness, promotes an active coexistence between people of all faiths and none, fostering togetherness and social cohesion.
In sum, my involvement is based on my passion for humanity and my determination to be part of the global changes.
I am a Family Medicine Specialist M.D. from Romania, Deputy-Chief, GPI Chief Medical Officer, Youth Delegate in our organisation’s UN ECOSOC Commission. Writer/Editor for a Romanian website about health (mental, spiritual, physical) safiisanatos.ro and blogger at prenatalbliss.wordpress.com. I participated as a Youth Delegate at the World Family Summit +9 (Berlin,2013), at the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (Paris,UNESCO Hq,2015), at the Antenatal Mental Health Symposium Parliamentary Lecture Series (London,2015) and at the World Family Summit 2016 (Cairo, Egypt). In 2014, I took part at the „Conference Exchange Madrid 2014” internship program for general practitioners. My passion for prenatal education started with reading a book about prenatal education, which made me became aware of the importance of intrauterine life and how it influences the future of a human being…! So I knew i had a „job” to do in this field…Because this period has a long-term impact on physical, emotional and mental development from the moment of conception to early infancy. My believe is that if future parents, especially mothers, are informed, educated and supported, it is possible to bring healthy, emotionally secure, creative and capable human beings into the world, changing the existing paradigm.
I’m Marie Cier, a 20 years old midwife student. I have been passionated all my life about prenatal education and how this period could be hugely important for the baby future life. I have been getting involved in that cause for a few years. Now I’m tooling a gap year in order to discover what is happening about birth all around the world. I was in India with Lubiana as youth delegate and I’m about to take part in a GPI event in Hawaii, for the beginning of the year 2015. I did the first year of medicine in Grenoble after passing the French Baccalaureate. Now I would like to go in an english speaking university next year (Sydney or London) to increase my speaking skills and in order to do my midwifery Bachelor. I hope to meet all of you soon, to know you more and to begin the networking together. I wish our youth delegation will became as well organized as it could and by that way, becoming useful for the all humanity.
Maria Navarro Sanchez
My name is María Navarro Sánchez, I am 22 years old. I am from Spain. I grew up in a small town of Zaragoza, next to a mountain with my parents and my siblings (I am the oldest of four children), due to I had to look care of them, grew in myself, a big maternal sense and a huge responsibility. Some years later, I went to the University in Zaragoza, where I studied to be an Infant teacher (children from 3 to 6 years) with a speciality in English education for little children. I have finished my studies this year. Meanwhile I studied my career; I participated in several courses and conferences related to pedagogic and educational subjects like the holistic education called Pedagogía 3000. Now, I am studying a postgrade about Waldorf Infant Education, whose forefather was Rudolf Steiner, in Barcelona. Its length is two years. After all these years of study and experience with children (through different activities in schools and camps), every time I am more aware of the importance of parent’s education in order to they can be able to educate their children providing them all the elements that they need. Parents have to give them some values and help them to be people who will be eager to know themselves and to be better, and therefore they will be willing to improve their society, to give something from themselves to others. I knew the prenatal education through my mother who is interested in this subject long time ago and like her, I think that a better world is only possible thanks to a conscious pregnancies because the nature of children is completely influenced by the way of the mother live these nine months. Therefore, I really want to dedicate a big part of my professional and personal life to spread the prenatal education around the world.
My name is Moffat Osoro, 31 years of age from Kisii County Nairobi Kenya. I have a management and administration professional background from Zenith College Nairobi. I have also trained and have experience in Information Technology. Additionally I learned some basics in foreign languages including Germany, Spanish, Italian and French. I worked as an administrative assistant for four years in one of privately owned Company in Nairobi Central Business District. I later resigned and started a family business which I ran until 2009 when I decided to get involved in community activities. In 2009, I founded FreMo Medical with meager resources and support from a few friends and relatives. We have been running the centre since then. Later last year we founded a Nongovernmental organization Family Birth and Community Support (FABCOS) where I am the Board Member and Executive Director with the mission of mobilizing communities to be involved in birth process, parenting, formal and informal education for the youths and adults to get empowered fully. We are in the early process of projects planning, identification and funding from well wishers.
Cooperation between nations and cultures is inherent to how I was raised and educated. Being French and German, speaking both languages and growing up in Alsace surely opened my mind. I went to a French-German high school and graduated in both the Abitur (German high school diploma) and the Baccalauréat (French high school diploma) in Freiburg, Germany. After one-year studying IT in Strasbourg I decided to go to Geneva and graduated in a Bachelor degree in International Relations, majoring in Law and Political Science. I’m currently doing a LLM in International Public Law and Human Rights in the Netherlands.
I got involved in prenatal education because I firmly believe that education, parenthood and children are the core and the core values of large-scale societies. In Geneva, I had the opportunity to get involved at the UN alongside NGOS representatives.
Yasmine El Kettani
My name is Yasmine El Kettani, I’m 20, I live in Rabat, and I m in my third year of Biology in the Science Faculty of Rabat. I want to pursue in pharmacy than in Analysis Laboratory. Recently I have created an association with some friends to help poor kids in precarious situation. We think that one of our principal axis will be moroccan young girls education and future, additional to the help we will give to the other poor kids. We are just waiting for the legal autorisation to start.
More than that, I was benevol at La Maison de l’Avenir, at Rabat, association for children with cancer, summer 2011 and summer 2012.
My name is Dr Karan Katoch. I am 25 years old with a Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and I am also a Certified Yoga Therapist from North India. I live in Palampur a small town in Himachal Pradesh.
The subject of Prenatal care has always been of great interest to me: the nine months period in a mother’ womb which lead to the qualities in her child; the food she eats; the environment she lives in; the psychological mind frame she is in during prenatal period etc. I truly believe that Prenatal care and Prenatal education are actually more important than food supplements or medications during pregnancy. It is my sincere belief that we can change the world by raising awareness on the importance of the prenatal period on a global level, by raising awareness on the dos and don’ts during this special period of pregnancy. A world free from terrorism, violence, corruption & many other matters polluting our surrounding can only take place if we start from the beginning: by the education of mothers on how to bring to the world children of a different type. My dream is to start a not for profit multi speciality hospital here in my hometown in order to Provide a separate Prenatal education program for pregnant women but also help people who are less fortunate to be able to have proper medical treatment.
Lucia Gomez Roux
I was born in a small town in Buenos Aires, Argentina 32 years ago, i’m the oldest of four siblings but i have an oldest brother also, from my father; we are all very close. Be the oldest has graetly influenced in my own developmente through a maternal instinct to care and protection. When i was eleven years old we moved to the north of Argentina and then to Madrid (Spain) when i was nineteen, where i actually live, because of this i’m used to mantein relationships, also very important frindships through the distance. I started to study psychology but i after a few years i leave the university…i was sure that human being are more than stadistics, synaptic conections and stimulus-response.. My vocation were always children, so i studied to be a nurse teacher (0-3 years old). Two yearse ago i met ANEP SPAIN’s president and she changed my life, i read “the natural prenatal education” (Marie-Andrée Bertin) and started to study more and more about this unknown reality. That was when i realized the importance of raising awareness among prospective parents of the graet work that lies ahed. At the moment i’m doing a training of coach in transpersonal education, an inclusive education of the psysical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of human beings.
Hello, my name is Emma, I am 26 years old. I’m from the South of France near Perpignan where my parents live. I was raised in a family of organic fruit and vegetable producers. I spent mychildhood in the nature, because my parents have values such as respect for the environment, love of nature, respecting the body and a healthy lifestyle. These are values I have today and I place them very high on my list of priorities. I was early fascinated by all that is connected with maternity and birth, probably from my mother who is passionate, I made Midwife studies and currently practicing in Mayotte for my first post. I do not find myself in current practices and believes that there are other ways to prepare for a birth, welcome and raise a child in this world, in the aim of the rise of a happier humanity. I love all above music, essential in my life and like to sing accompanying me on guitar.
I am currently a French teacher at the University (IAU) in Aixen-Provence, South of France. I have lived and taught last year in the USA (Maryland) and was lucky to attend the « Maternal empowerment panel » last February in NYC, organized next to the U.N ; and at another conference at Montclair University New Jersey, organized and animated by Julie and François Gerland. It has been really a rich and precious experience for me as I saw the interest aroused by this cause. This year, in addition to my job, I am finishing my last year of my master degree in Science of Education. I got to know Julie Gerland during a workshop in the South of France one July and then I joined the movement to defend “maternal empowerment” I think in 2005 or so. I was first really interested by the concern of the power of prenatal education and the role that pregnancy and parenthood has to play in our society. I am more and more convinced that our goal as the Youth Delegation dealing with such a wonderful matter, is to spread the word and make people aware of this essential need of giving the best of the conditions to all the mothers and parents as a whole in the world, in order to think of a better and more welcoming society, pregnancy has to be considered as a citizen part, that has to be conscious, empowered and responsable for our future. As young people, we are fully invested in this era, I hope that I will be able to bring my best to this great cause, and that altogether we will be able to have beautiful things done, throughout the world.
My Name is Rajaram Joshi, 30 years old from Nepal. I passed my masters degree on Business Management from Shanker Dev College, Tribhuwan University Kathmandu Nepal. I started my career from Rotary International’s Health Hunger & Humanity Grant Project as a project Manager. This project is mainly focused on Reproductive Health and poverty Alleviation.
My experience in this organization, to enhance my competence in the community based training on reproductive health issues, planning events, monitoring and evaluation, Rural Development and Social Coordination, social performance upliftment, Volunteering Management, Project Running and effective Action Plan, Social Motivation & Rural Setting, Advocacy for peace and Brotherhood, Awareness on Sanitation/Population/family planning/Hygiene/ Child Spacing, Medical/Dental Service/HIV AIDS/Uterine Prolepses, Community Development/Microcredit/Birthing Centers, Disaster Response, Conflict Resolution and Peace Planning.
As a President/Project Director of Volunteer Youth Nepal (VYN) I am also engaging in community Development activity Nationwide. The Target of this Organization are Poor, Vulnerable & Socially Excluded (PVSE) People with a special focus on highly Marginalized indigenous groups, ultra poor and poor households, adolescents, single women, conflict survivors and disaster affected people.
I am Tsedey Abay Tedla, a Harvard Law School LL.M. graduate who specialized in International Laws and currently working as an Adjunct Professor at Kentucky State University. Prior to coming to the United States, I was engaged in several activities involving women one among which was volunteering at a Legal Aid Center as an Assistant Legal Advisor, where I worked with women and children who were victims of domestic violence and economic exploitation. I have also worked as a Legal Associate in Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) which was established with an ultimate purpose of improving livelihoods of smallholder farmers through modern agricultural marketing.
I have always been passionate about women and the role they can play in realizing global sustainable development if given the opportunity. As part of pursuing my passion, I conduct independent researches and I had the chance to present a paper titled ‘Freedom: The yet to be realized dream of Rural Girls in East Africa’, which mainly focused on Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), at a Conference held in University of Kentucky, College of Law, in 2014. I also intern for Birth Rights Bar Association which works to address violations of women’s rights during childbirth. If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that I cannot sleep tight until this world becomes a better place and I have a strong conviction that the role of family in making this a reality cannot be overrated. Together, we can make a differece!
Through my upbringing immersed in arts I have always been open to the sensitivity to nature and more inclined to trust my instincts. I am a poet, I almost became a professional pianist, I paint; I studied classical philology for a while, graduated with a BA in English.In pursuit of a profession that would allow me to help people I have gone on to study homeopathy at the SHI Schule in Switzerland, then onwards in the London School of Classical Homeopathy. The most important point in my life, however, has been becoming a mother. Pregnancy was the most beautiful time for me. My son came to the world at home, in an atmosphere of love and peace. To birth him in a calm way I was using HypnoBirthing techniques. Afterwards I wanted every woman to be able to experience birth this way, so with time I have qualified as a HypnoBirthing practitioner and since have been teaching this amazing method to expecting couples. The significance of the time in the womb together with the birth is such an important message to pass on. Being aware of how much we can do for humanity just by making moms and their babies happier and calmer from conception onwards can change the world we live in. My heart and motivation is with the Global Prenatal Initiative and I will give my best for our projects to thrive.
My name is Arnaud N’zassy. Born in the city of Port-Gentil (Gabon). I obtained a Master degree in French and Francophone literature at the Omar Bongo University. I currently live in Libreville (the political capital of Gabon) where I teach French and work in an editing agency. Writing and playing music are for me a real passion (especially the writing of novels, essays, theatre plays, poetry….the practice of choral singing, guitar, flute). I joined the Youth Delegation in 2013 after the Benin symposium on prenatal education. To make sense of one’s life is to put it at the service of others. This is the reason for my commitment in the Global Prenatal Initiative.
Chada El Alj
My name is Chada EL ALJ, I am 21 years old from Morocco. I speak fluently three languages, Arabic, French and English. I am an exchange student in ESC Rennes School of business, from the Rabat business School in the International University of Rabat, majoring in Marketing, communication and management studies.
I have some experiences in the field of volunteering, thanks to my university in Rabat, I completed fifty hours of community work in two associations, ‘Achbal Biladi’ and ‘Jeune pour Jeune’. Also, I helped in numerous fundraising events with the Rotaract Club of my home university.
I truly believe that a born child already has a past of nine months, so I am glad to be a part of the Youth Delegation, and I hope I can spend my time sharing my vision!
My name is Amelie Paterne. I’m 34 years old and I live in Brive-France. After a 3-year University Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, I have worked for 5 years in an International Cosmetics Company as a Marketing Assistant. I spent 2 years working for them in their British subsidiary then came back to France near my family. Then I started to teach English in a private school. And since 2011, I started my own business. I’m teaching children at home from primary school to high school. I’m helping them with their homework especially on literary subjects. But the most important part of my job consists in giving them confidence so they can feel better to express themselves and make them believe in their real potential. I realized that it’s very challenging for children as we are living in a very competitive world. So I’m trying to give them new perspectives and make learning more meaningful.
I’m also a mother; I have a 3 years-old boy. I had a wonderful experience during my pregnancy and also to birth my son. I used some HypnoBirthing techniques. Becoming a mother made me realize that every woman or every parent needs more support to be ready for this beautiful human adventure!! I believe there is a lot we can do before conceiving, on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. This can make a huge difference for both parents and babies and that way we may see changes in our societies. I wish I knew more! So I’m deeply willing to do something to make this possible for every future parent to be healthier and happier and so give every child the chance to start his life in a peaceful and loving environment. I’m so glad to be part of the Global Prenatal Initiative.
My name is Jean-Marc Pineau, I’m a student living in the south of France in a town called Pamiers. I am half-french on my father’s side and half-english on my mother’s. I am currently studying at a French Lycée but soon I hope to go to university to study History, English and anything else that may interest me until that time. I love travelling and playing music and I am a big fan of History. I was born in England 17 years ago and I moved to France when I was only 3 years old. I’ve started to become interested in the world and realise the problems and challenges that we as humans face not long ago. I have a great passion for education, which I feel is the single most important aspect a country needs to focus on. I found out about prenatal education through the Global Prenatal Initiative and Julie Gerland, and I believe that this idea will be one of the next social advances to come into the public view in the years to come. My wish is to be able to change the world for the better and I believe that starts by getting other people to help change it with you.
I am a Counsellor practising in the UK and registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I trained in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and I hope to further my education with a Diploma in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy. Through my experience of working with mums who experience perinatal depression, anxiety or are struggling with the consequences of birth trauma, I have developed a real passion for supporting new and expecting mothers with their partners. Thanks to my training, additional reading and networking with holistic birth practitioners, I started realising that there is a fundamentally different, and yet healthier, view on pregnancy and birth compared with the perspective of mainstream culture. I am convinced that we, as part of modern societies in the world, can do so much more to create supportive environments for pregnant women. We can help them to know and feel that they are bringing something very special to this world – a human person! – and that they are respected for this. I believe that by recognising the importance of a peaceful pregnancy and birth for all women we are making a radical step towards creating a better world for all of us.
Purpose, passion, travel, impact, and family. These five pillars are what continue to drive my life long fascination with social entrepreneurship, and every decision I’ve made has molded my path to improve the lives of others through life-changing travel experiences. Having previously only stayed in run-down hotels at best when growing up in California and Arizona, my love affair with hotels began the first time I set foot in a Costa Rican Hilton Hotel September 2009. From the excellence in bell service to plush-pillows and breathtaking balcony views I made a split decision to pursue a career in Hospitality. Later, globe-trotting through Asia, Europe and Latin America on my own after graduating from Arizona State University (the first in his family to obtain a university education) would forever change my perception of the world and the meaning of living. On a whim, I moved to Hawaii in 2011 without a job, and within 1 month began my career with Hilton Hotels Worldwide. I worked diligently at Hilton for 5 years’ post-grad earning a nomination of the highest honor, the CEO Light & Warmth Award Nomination in 2015 for my dedication to the brand values, and community service; however, I was struck by the opportunity that the travel industry could significantly impact people’s lives, including local under-served communities in a positive way. My next step was to set-up a private travel management company to realize my vision of helping organizations and everyday people travel in a socially responsible way. Since its inception this March, MYGHT Inc., has had a progressive evolution into the social innovation space. While I’ve spent most the first half of 2016 traveling and networking the heck out of this world, I’ve been simultaneously developing a program for at-risk teens to educate them on travel, professionalism and soft skills to prepare them for opportunities within the travel industry, or wherever their journey may lead. My involvement with GPI was a personal decision. I truly believe if this initiative was available for my mother and sister their lives would have been impacted in a positive way. I am truly looking forward to my involvement with this community.
Morgan Kapyala Phiri
I am a Zambian Economist, music producer and sound engineer, currently based in Zambia after graduating at the University of Namibia as an economist for energy and company competition. I was born on the 19th April 1985 in Ndola Copperbelt province in Zambia. In 2002 I graduated at Kabulonga Boys High school, i then proceeded to Obtain A-Levels at Springfield training center. As a humanitarian, my general about Africa is that, Africa has reach cultural diversity that can be branded in the world view thus encouraging an universal growth. In the music industry, my brand name is ‘Morgan the syndicate’. I have had the honor to have worked with some of the revered musicians in the world from south Africa, award winning artists from Namibia, Nigeria, Australia, Germany and the United States of America. As an ambitious individual I am also committed to helping the world community by volunteering to various organizations as youth director, mentor, and talent identification coordinator. In southern Africa i provide my services as a director of youth for Families Are Nations. In Europe I am a member of the Global Prenatal Initiative, while on the worldly scale I am an active member of the World Family Organization to which I have volunteered as a member of the task force to implementing Sustainable development goals. In introspect, I view myself as an entrepreneur by nature as well as an avid learner of sorts. After graduation i took on a childhood dream of road construction, with a preliminary training in cobblestone technology and graduated in July 2017. I then pursued an accounts executive position as a trader and broker in the capital markets for a Pan-African organization known as PANEX and I have been trained as a derivatives expert, certified by Knut berry trees and licensed in the capital markets by the Securities Exchange Commission of Zambia.
Born on the prestigious International Women’s day, which is celebrated worldwide on March 8th, I believe, I am an extremely honoured representative of gender equality. My formative years were at the Lawrence School, Lovedale. Its 160 years of pedagogic history exposed me to the notion of ‘self’, ‘society’ & collective responsibilities. I was ranked 15th among the 500,000 aspiring candidates in the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Engineering Entrance Exam in Tamil Nadu, which earned me a merit Scholarship for my college education to pursue Mechanical Engineering. I was one of only two selected through Rotary for the honour of being an Indian Ambassador, in the Semester at Sea program (a global studies program certified by the University of Virginia), introducing the depths of Indian culture and its rich heritageto more 1500 people on board the ship. Quitting my corporate career, I took up the opportunity of being the Public Relations and Finance Head of Blink Foundation; an NGO that trains college students to impart metrics based values education to school students from all economic sectors. We currently have 370 trained college volunteers who’ve taught 8000+ school students from 18 schools in and around Chennai, India. A year later, we founded Blink Research & Services (BRS), a social enterprise sister company. As Executive Director of Operations at BRS,I drove focus towards 2 key areas viz; Values based Education in schools & salience of prenatal care & education for expectant mothers. Since then,I have hosted multiple events in hospitals and our office facility, and spoken in many platforms to raise awareness on maternal health and care for moms and moms to be. The implications of the gestational period is unaware to many of the expectants mothers in today’s time. During this magical period of 9 months, the conscious or unconscious reflexive interactions of the mothercan have a long lasting impact on the development of the child, both mentally and physically. The name of the first school any new born attends is the “Mother’s Womb”, silently learning traits that are essential for survival, and simultaneously developing its senses and personality.Although this topic has only come to light recently, lot of these things track back to our ancient scriptures from many centuries ago. To build a better society filled with peace and happiness, we must start from womb for it all begins here.
(More bios coming soon)
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Precious moments spent in the womb represent the foundations for long-term health, emotional security, brain construction, creativity and even behavioral characteristics for every human being.
During pregnancy, it goes hand in hand with what a mother is experiencing and after delivery. We can hardly turn the clock back. Today, it is largely proved by scientific studies that it no longer has to do with any faith-based theses.
Discovering that mother’s emotions can directly influence a baby’s development in the womb is a turning point in the adoption of a new paradigm : the archaic vision of pregnancy in which the baby was just « a thing » unable to have his own feelings, is clearly behind us.
Such a vision is fully refuted by Dr. Barbara Findeisen, a psychotherapist with over 28 years of experience, in her book Womb Prints : « The psychology of the womb and birth is such a neglected subject ». She has been closely working with Dr. Burce Lipton, Ph.D., who is internationally recognized as a pioneer in New Biology. He is the main author of The Biology of Belief. He received the 2009 prestigious « Goi Peace Award » (Japan) in honour of his scientific contribution to global peace by freeing humanity from the fatalistic dogma of genetic determinism, bringing knowledge that is empowering us on the path of our self-determination. In Nature, Nurture and the Power of Love, his research has led to the fact that environmental signals are responsible for selecting the genes produced by the fœtus. Our DNA is no longer seen as rigid, but as flexible and constantly modified by nurture and how we perceive it, by giving shape to our body and our psychological attitude. Given that our perception has the final say as regards physical ressources, it is no doubt our responsibility to choose our filters of reality to regenerate ourselves so that we have a direct impact on our « genetic data base ». Thus, our fate is no longer determined by our genetic heritage and if we keep this as a postulate, to get to the bottom of things, it leads us to the concept of Maternal Empowerment : Mothers are able to build a better world !
I. What does it mean?
Scientific studies show a fetus receives chemical signals from its mother that could have a negative impact on how a baby develops after birth.
The psychological state of a mother has a direct impact on the health of a baby after birth.
Therefore would it not be wise to start feeling at peace with oneself before deciding to have a baby? It can become a way of life, a way of being. Moreover it would be easier to keep experiencing peace during pregnancy. Simple things should be done during pregnancy to stimulate your own secretion of hormones such as endorphins (well-being hormones) and oxytocin (the love hormone). For example, talking to your baby while in a state free of stress, would permit the releasing of these two chemical signals which are shared with the fetus through the umbilical cord. On the one hand, it is believed that these two hormones are crucial for development of the fetus, but on the other hand, stress hormones may play a terrific role. One of the hormones our brain releases when we are under the influence of stress is adrenaline. It can be highly useful in an emergency situation in which our survival instinct is needed but in everyday life it may be responsable for the increase of blood sugar levels, artery pressure, breathing rate, blood flow to skeletal muscles and heart rate. Moreover these hormones are addictive and both the body and mind become used to secreting one group more than the other. Our whole vision of life might be determined by this habit our mother gives us while in her womb. If a universal rule could then be found, it would sound like « the more you stay positive, the more you will prepare your baby to be so as well ! »
II. Who are the players in the field?
The GPI, known as the Global Prenatal Initiative, is a citizens organisation from the UK which has decided to gather and share scientific knowledge on prenatal issues and which has organized events all around the world. Its main aims are simple :
• To raise awareness in all sectors of society on the long-term impact of the 9 months of pregnancy thereby attaining individual and global peace, sustainable development and poverty eradication.
• To emphasize the impact of parenting, and especially the key role of the mother during pregnancy and birth, for the future of humanity.
• To advocate putting Prenatal Education at the heart of all education, health, social development and policy making. This is about to be done in the UK through the legislative validation process of the 1001 critical days Manifesto and in China where senior authorities are searching for new programmes to better anticipate pregnancy.
III. What are the alternatives ?
1. Home birth
Seen as a good alternative The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in the UK, support home birth for women who have uncomplicated pregnancies.
Women may choose home birth because they prefer the intimacy of a home and family or desire to avoid an over-medically centered experience, which hospitals offer. There is no reason why home birth should not be offered to women at low risk of complications and it may confer considerable benefits for them and their families. It is common sense in Northern European Countries such as the Netherlands, where the rate of home birth is one of the highest in the Western World. Some 30 percent of Dutch women deliver at home while around 60 percent do so in hospital, mostly for medical reasons, and another 10 percent deliver in special out-patient birthing clinics. In other European countries such as Germany, France, Britain, Belgium and the Scandinavian countries home deliveries account for no more than two percent. Thanks to the empowerment of midwives and doulas, it is far from being difficult to give birth at home, compared to France, where midwives have no insurance if anything should happen during labour. Should something go wrong during labour, a midwife in France would find him or herself solely responsable and would face a prison term or pay a considerable sum of money. Thus a pregnant woman is left with one option : deliver her baby at hospital in the emergency service, where she would be « warmly welcomed ». Can you imagine the beautiful cocktail of stress hormones and then pain ? However, in those countries in which midwives are appreciated for their wonderful work, families enjoy follow-up from the beginning, even before birth, up to delivery, and midwives or doulas work with the woman to win her trust in order that she should feel comfortable and safe on d-day, thanks to exercices aimed at warding off stress and suffering. Training in hypo-birthing, sophrology or yoga is highly useful to control your body pain and give birth in a natural way without epidural anesthesia.
There are other options for your pregnancy : Birth centers are good alternatives to hospitals as you are able to stay there, with your relatives, from one to nine months. These are places in which staff cares about you and your family by offering you the best conditions through workshops, training and artistic activities.
A crucial thing on a mother to-do-list is definitely to breastfeed her baby.
In 2012, UNICEF announced that the increasing of breastfeeding rates in the UK could save the NHS money through improving health outcomes.
Thanks to the Infant Feeding Survey, done every five years and published by the NHS Information Centre, figures show that there were real improvements from 2005 to 2010. The proportion of breastfedbabies at birth rose by 5%, from 76% to 81%. The initial breastfeeding rate in 2010 was the highest in England at 83%, compared with Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Breastfed-babies are less likely to be subject to gastroenteritis, respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, obesity, type 1 and 2 diabetes and allergies such as asthma or lactose intolerance. Its entire immune system is stimulated by the four types of breast milk at different stages of his development. Breast milk is constantly changing to satisfy a baby’s need. The first type is colostrum, followed by transitional milk, then foremilk and finally hindmilk. There are numerous benefits in breastfeeding for mothers as well. The longer a mother breastfeeds, the greater she will be protected against breast or ovarian cancer, and hip fractures in later life. The UNICEF report showed that for only five illnesses, moderate increases in breastfeeding would translate into cost savings for the NHS of £40 million and tens of thousands of fewer hospital admissions and consultations.
In conclusion, thanks to this research, we can no longer afford to ignore the deep implications of our behavior on our baby’s development. Finding time to truly work with your body and your mind during pregnancy, by transmitting positive energy to your baby is synonymous with acting as a responsible citizen. Let us do our best to build a better world together!
Author: Marie Cier
Editor: Ioana Frandes
Today’s Youth is tomorrow’s parent. His role is critical in overcoming the obstacles on the path to better maternal care. The world should have faith in it and so should be the organizations that are part of women’s pregnancy journey. The youth has the goodwill, the opportunity and the critical roles to play. I have been there and I know it’s a challenge, but with energy, passion and a spirit of adventure big things are on the way.We started a medical and birth centre in my mid-twenties with no resource, goodwill or experience in the world of medicine worse still, I myself didn’t possess medical background. It was risk-taking but worth enduring in the end. It carried a lot of expected failures and that is why I regard it to be the best ride in this adventure. Who believed in us? Pretty not sure but we did our best to be ourselves. I anchored my dreams on service to humanity, passion for serving and youthfulness energy. To serve with passion full of energy, that is what it means. If you find the calling as a youth challenging, take a little time and look at my experience. I assure you it will take precedence to challenge yours. Most of you are younger than I was, more experienced than I am. You are more enlightened and intellectually correct which put my involvement in this noble organization into humility but with so much pride to be part and parcel of.We have attended facilitated and served women’s care at prenatal level, birth room and postnatal at homes from our simple birth centre and how I stand with conviction with surety knowing the benefits will outlive many of the challenges ahead. We call it focused amiable conceived care. The outcomes are encouraging. The whole care sets at prenatal level. Information is power and the positive prenatal information is empowerment. Witness the challenges of this informal settlement woman, (poverty, ignorance, drug abuse, HIV, Anemia, domestic violence, disease, dirty water to name but a few), so horrific to imagine to digest but they come out strongly to overshadow the threats in every possible way banking on the guaranteed support of encouragement, information, resources, recognizing dignity and the incorporation of compassion all throughout care.Empowerment to an expectant woman is to lighten a dark alley in the journey by pulling down the fears, countering unnecessary complications, creating understanding between caregivers and families and the need for the expectant woman to learn to listen and keep her pregnancy safe by all means at will.
At our birth centre here in the slum of Kawangware the challenges faced with these women and their families are myriad woven with social, economic and cultural system dysfunctional yet most of them have been overcome by a culture in service delivery packaged and practice adhering to the woman’s needs; the midwifery model of care that works magical and befits well to every low-risk pregnant woman.The youth given information and opportunity is an enlightened mass who are seizing the opportunity to a brighter life of birth and pregnancy. On their part, they are incorporating science, culture and ethics to propel the agenda of their cause to higher levels. They know that Science has got its part, that path to propel positive prenatal towards successful and possible results. Culture has its part to overcome the obstacles that bring about fantasies of the modern era where civilization ridicules decency. Ethics calls on care to adhere to the true basic virtues of practice to do the best including providing right and timely information, respecting and honouring client’s body and participation and putting into practice proper care full of satisfaction.The youth of today is tomorrow’s parent. They know, understand and are aware of their defiant environment. The prenatal process forming the backbone of their childbearing and development should be put into focus. They know their world so well, its challenge and its positives.
I married in my mid-twenties and my son came two years later. We had already opened our Medical and Birth center to care for local pregnant women. The culture was not the one we pride with but with the gracious Midwife Vicki Chan, incorporating the safety, compassion, support and dignified care during birth all changed. Unfortunately, my son will be born in a public facility where my wife endured a lot of loneliness and anxiety that came following. I love my son dearly, but I understand well his birth-care was not the beautifying one. Two years later my daughter was born. She is a princess who was welcomed into this world by loving, compassionate and dignified care. Irvinta now 3 years old was born at home with my wife Judith, Son Frank, Midwife, Doctor and I, a choice we took because it was a low-risk pregnancy. The birth was simple, easy and sacred so to say but little. This care received by my daughter perhaps is the greatest gift any caregiver; parent or community would ever adorn their babies. The journey was walked with love, care and support. All fears buried, love was in the air to empower the whole care. I reaped what I had sown by caring women with the standard basic care that is full of safety, compassion and social justice. Many of the families we serve have had the privilege and opportunity to experience the same. As a youth, I stood for what is right and I earned a place in my daughter’s life by giving her the care she needed and deserved. If all the youths are brought aboard to identify how critical their involvement in prenatal and birth, we will all see the beauty of the world that God foresaw after creation. It was all beautiful. The youths will make the difference and our life will be beautiful.
Author: Moffat OsoroFounder Member FreMo Medical and Birth Centre.Nairobi- Kenya.Editor: Ioana Frandes
o Lubiana Gosp-Server went to the annual meeting conference of the Secretary General of the UN and the NGOs
o Ioana Frandes has been writing a blog since 2014 on prenatal education named “Prenatal Bliss”
o Interventions in India with Julie Gerland, François Gerland, Lubiana Gosp-Server and Marie Cier at
o Palampour – In a primary school named “Mother’s touch School”
o Bangalore (National Institute of Mental Health) and Bangalore Birth Network
o Action India (NGO financed by the UN) o Mumbai with a midwife o Mumbai during a local biological market o Mumbai at the Bhakti Vedanta Hospital All these exchanges have been well received and multiple contracts have been formed to establish partnerships and to continue our work in India. One person, Sanghamitra Sau, friend of Julie and François Gerland, is starting an association for “Maternel Empowerement” in India.
o Lubiana Gosp-Server, Elie Evencho, Julie and François Gerland went to China.
o They went to Zhuhai to participate in the 11th Family Summit, invited by the World Family Organisation (WFO) and the Chinese Ministry of Health. They collaborated with other activists for a preparation of a document adressed to the United Nations concerning the Agenda Post 2015. Lubiana-Gosp Server was invited to give a talk infront of the NGOs during the first day of the meeting. They had the chance to speak a lot with the Chinese participants and others from around the world. Elie (who’s focusing her Masters degree on Prenatal Education in China) helped us communicate with the Chinese people by translating for the group. There has been much interest on the subject of Prenatal Education in China. Important contacts for the futur have been put in place.
o Meeting with midwifes in Hong-Kong with Julie Gerland. Elie Evenchoen gave a short presentation in Shenzen to parents during a pre-natal visit. December 2014 – January 2015: o The GPI was reprised as a project by the Youth Delegation. Marie Cier accompagnied Julie and François to Hawaii to “relight the torch” in the njame of the delegation on sunrise on the 1st of January 2015. Subsequently, the GPI had a partnership with the international Year of Light with the U.N that year.
o They visited the “Birth stones” where ancient royals from all of the south Pacific came to give birth.
o Lubiana Gosp-Server and Ioana Frandes represented the GPI at the opening of the International year of Light at the UNESCO center in Paris.
o Ioana Frandes accompagnied Julie and François Gerland to the 1001 critical days conference in the British Parlement in London. Julie was invited to give the opening speech at the last day of the conference. It was a very good opening on working together with parlementary representatives and various NGOs present.
January – June 2015:
o Lubiana represented the “Maternal empowerement” cause at the U.N in Geneva.
o Lubiana Gosp-Server was invited by the NGO coalition give a presenation on the conclusion of OMDs and futur ODD at a conference at the UN.
o Lubiana Gosp-Server also had the chance to give a presentation on the work of the Youth Delegation at the ONUG in the context of a conference of the NGO coalition for the OMDs at the NGO meeting.
o Meeting of 10 members of the Youth Delegation in the south of France.
September – December 2015
o Lubiana Gosp-Server represented the “maternal empowerement” cause at the UN.
o Marie Cier went to the ONUG open day to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN
o Lubiana Gosp-Server and Maxime Goupil represented the GPI and the NIEP at a NGO coalition meeting for the ODDs with various partners.
o Yasmine El Kettani, Ioana Frandes, Pilar Vizcaino, Julie and François Gerland were invited to the World Family Summity in Cairo in Egypt. The presence of the Youth Delegates was noted in the report sent to the U.N
o A new partnership with the Noble Institution for Enviromental Peace NGO was formed with the GPI
o Lubiana Gosp-Server became it’s main representative at the UN in Geneva
o Lubiana Gosp-Server and Julie Gerland participated in the preparatory skype meeting for “Women Deliver”. The GPI sponsored Lubiana Gosp-Server to represent the importance of maternal empowerement in May 2016
o Amelie Paterne participated in the event “Teaching peace in school summit” online and wrote an article which linked to the GPI.
o Lubiana Gosp-Server represented the GPI at the 31st session of the Human rights council.
o Lubiana Gosp-Server was invited by the NGO coalition for the ODDs and the UNESU to talk about “Feminin leadership: a necessary condition for the objective of gender equality”. As such, she will speak about the importance of mothers and their role in Humanity.
o Lubiana Gosp-Server was invited to the 31st session of the Human rights council’s closing ceremony, organised by the Mission of Great Britain with the UN
It would be too long to write about all the different activities and initiatives by different delegates here, but please contact us if you want more specific informations.
Happy New Year and to the 20th Anniv of the International Year of Family!
— Global Prenatal (@GlobalPrenatal) December 31, 2013