Objectives of the Programme
- To make way for a physically, mentally and emotionally blessed healthy baby,
- To enhance the spiritual, mental and physical health of the mother,
- To promote wholesome daily habits, practices and behavioural patterns that would help the mental and physical growth process of the unborn baby,
- To help establish the prospective father’s role in creating a congenial, vibrant environment for the health and well-being of the mother and the unborn baby,
- To help create a family unit fortified with love, happiness and understanding,
- To create a peaceful environment for the health and well-being of the mother and the unborn baby in the community through public awareness and
- To revive wholesome cultural and religious customs and practices associated with pregnancy and childbirth
- Mind-body connection
- Medical and scientific evidence on the mother-child connection,
- Spiritual practices such as loving kindness meditation, walking meditation, breath-by-breath meditation and exercises in mindfulness,
- Create wholesome daily habits, practices and behavioural patterns,
- Awareness creation about wholesome cultural and religious customs practices (e.g.chanting ‘pirith’-Buddhist scriptures, reciting hymns and prayers, and singing lullabies) related to pregnancy and pre-natal care,
- Mindful parenting
- Mindful yoga
- Awareness creation about developing an environment-friendly child.
From the moment of conception, the unborn baby experiences the thoughts, feelings, emotions and actions of its mother. This is because the minds and the bodies of the mother and the unborn baby are inseparably one. Whenever a thought springs, a molecule follows. The impulses in the mother’s mind are instantly translated into a palette of neuro-chemicals. These chemicals communicate with cells and tissues throughout the body. As the unborn baby is part of its mother’s body, a mother’s thoughts, emotions and feelings translate into molecules that enter into the body of the foetus. If the expectant mother is unable to deal with her thoughts, feelings and emotions appropriately, especially when unwholesome states of mind pervade her being, the foetus will also be affected ultimately bringing into this world a physically and mentally sick human being.
The unborn baby’s sense of self-awareness dawns as early as the baby grows inside the mother’s watery womb. As soon as the baby’s sensory awareness develops, it perceives and responds to subtle sounds, sensations, sights, tastes and smells from inside the mother’s body. The warmth and security given by the expectant parents help strengthen the genetic structure of the unborn child. During the past two to three decades plenty of research has been done and it has been scientifically established that the tiny being inside the mother’s womb begins to develop its heart beat at 18 days, starts limb movements at 12 weeks, and responds to external stimuli like needle pricks and pressing of the abdomen. The foetus starts developing brain cells from the initial stage of pregnancy and very speedily it multiplies more cells culminating into billions just before it enters the world as a newborn baby.
The father is expected to create an environment of peace, love, harmony and understanding, being mindful of the importance of the mother’s thoughts, feelings and emotions in order to protect the mother and baby from dangers of unwholesome thoughts, feelings, emotions and actions, as they are nurtured in a peaceful environment. When the expectant mother/father sends messages to the baby inside through soft music, words of loving kindness, respecting and accepting the tiny being, these wholesome thoughts, feelings and emotions get lodged in the infant inside and he/she will enter the world as a physically and mentally healthy human being.
The ability of the unborn and the newborn to learn from experience is an absorbing discovery that calls for immediate changes in the systems we are providing for them in our technological approach to birth. The ‘Holistic Approach to Motherhood ‘ Programe having studied the prenatal influences in a much broader way, the attempts to bridge this gap by using our socio-cultural wisdom along with a spiritual touch.