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What Imagery Is Best for an Upcoming C-Section?

31 Mar

Dearest Belleruth,

I love your guided imagery CDs and downloads. They have been so helpful to my family in so many ways.

Now my sister is now pregnant after 4 miscarriages in 3 years. According to all the pre-natal testing, the baby is healthy, strong and free of any possible congenital abnormalities. Nevertheless, my dear sister is (understandably) "waiting for the other shoe to drop". What imagery would you recommend?

I ask this because due to prior complications, she must have a scheduled C-section. The pregnancy and childbirth CD appears to be focused on vaginal birth. I want to honor her reality and provide her with a program that will support her confidence in her body.

Many Blessings,

Terry K., Chiropractor

Hi, Terry.

Congratulations to you and your sister!

I would recommend she listen to the first CD from our pregnancy/childbirth CD, which should help her get a little calmer, give back some of her battered optimism, and also offer a sense that she's actively doing something to help ensure a positive outcome.

2142bAnd then, a couple of weeks before her C-section, she can start listening to the Surgery imagery instead of the second CD in the set on Childbirth. She might want to alternate this surgery CD with the pregnancy imagery. That should suit her specific circumstances perfectly.

My very best wishes to you all.


Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award.