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That the child at the time of delivery feels: one of versions


About feelings and emotions of future mother it is at the time of delivery written much - both in scientific, and in fiction. And what is felt at this time by the kid? The theory of matrixes of Grof - only one of attempts to describe it. Let`s tell about it in more detail, having refrained from comments and giving to readers an opportunity to estimate its logicality and credibility.

So how the kid will endure process of own childbirth? What will he test at this moment? What feelings will accompany its arrival to this world and what mark this event will leave in soul of the little man? Whether patrimonial experiences are reflected in mentality of the child and how? Than we can, adults to help or facilitate this test and whether it is worth doing it? It is a lot of questions... To answer them, psychologists used various methods, for example biographic when in the description of human life some regularities were traced and attempt to reveal interrelation of features of mentality of the person with how there took place process of its childbirth became - whether there was a patrimonial activity slow and sluggish, or prompt and uncontrollable.

Among a set of methods of researches of this interesting process were even such extraordinary as use by the researcher of easy extents of narcotic excitement to enter own organism into that psikhofizio - a chemical state which is similar to a condition of the born person. Doctors established an approximate “chemical picture“ of a condition of the baby leaving a maternal womb for a long time - the content in blood of adrenaline, endomorphines (biologically active agents influencing nervous system) and other components. - that a chemical picture in themselves some of brave researchers also tried to recreate this once again to experience that we felt during own birth.

Should be told

at once: to a consensus about what is felt by the child at the time of delivery did not come yet. But some general regularities it is possible to allocate everything-.

the First of them is a recognition that the beginning of patrimonial activity is the most severe stress for the child - a stress mental, physiological and even almost moral. It is possible to tell that the child for the first time in the life faces injustice and insidiousness. The warm, cozy mother`s womb which so much time gave all necessary for life suddenly becomes aggressive and unfriendly. It begins to extort from itself, “to expel from paradise“.

from conception before childbirth Stanislav Grof 1 Most consistently characterized a condition of the child . In the concept of prenatal (prenatal) existence of the person created by it four main periods which remain in human subconsciousness are allocated. Grof calls them the basic prenatal matrixes (BPM) and in detail characterizes that occurs on each of these matrixes that is tested by the child what features of accommodation of each of these matrixes happen and as in the subsequent life of BPM can influence behavior of the person.

a naivety Matrix

So, the first matrix about which Grof speaks is a long period from conception before preparation of an organism of mother for childbirth. This time of “Golden Age“. If the course of pregnancy is not complicated by psychological, physical or other problems if mother wishes and loves this child, to it is very good and cozy in her womb. It napityvatsya by mother in literal and figurative sense - not only depending on her physically, but also spiritually - her love. This period comes to the end (and there is a wish to tell that all good sometime comes to an end!) emergence of the warning chemical signals in an organism, and then mechanical reductions of a uterus. Primary and habitual balance and harmony of existence are broken, the child for the first time feels psychological discomfort.

of 1 Stanislav Grof is the American doctor and the psychologist of the Czech origin, one of founders of transpersonal psychology.

the Matrix of the victim

After the period which is urged to be time of pleasure, tranquility, silences, a pacification, “swings in the ocean of a maternal womb“ comes test time. This time of the second prenatal matrix. The fruit periodically contracts uterine spasms, but the system is still closed - the neck of a uterus is not opened, an exit is inaccessible. The womb which so much time was protecting and safe becomes menacing. As the arteries supplying a placenta with difficulty penetrate uterus muscles, each its reduction limits blood inflow, so, oxygen, food for the child. He begins to have comprehensive feeling of the increasing alarm and feeling of the approaching danger to life. Grof believes that at this stage the born baby tests a condition of horror and a hopelessness. It is surprising that each person in own way endures this stage. Someone “makes the decision“ to look for an exit and all the state subordinates to this search. Someone contracts for horror and makes all efforts for returning former rest. Someone falls into a disabled condition, enduring a peculiar paralysis. Some psychologists draw parallels between this matrix of pre-natal development and subjects as in adulthood of people begins to react to the changed situations. How the adult endures a condition of the increasing alarm as he solves problems of the approaching danger - roots of his behavior, perhaps, - in that decision which was “accepted“ it in a maternal womb.

a fight Matrix

the Third stage is connected by

with disclosure of a neck of a uterus. There is a possibility of an exit. Very important point in the psychological plan - at first the person makes the decision - to look for an exit or not, and the possibility of an exit appears only then! At this time the child is doomed to begin “fight for a survival“. Irrespective of whether the decision to leave “is made“ by it or in every way to try to preserve a situation, uterine reductions push out it. It begins to move ahead gradually on the patrimonial channel. His body is exposed to shattering mechanical pressure, lacks for oxygen and asthma. Grof notes that these circumstances make related him with the mythological characters passing difficult labyrinths or with the fantastic heroes who are torn through impassable thickets. If in mentality there is a courage to overcoming of obstacles if already the internal determination of overcoming ripened, then and passing on patrimonial ways will become for the child the first experience of a purposeful way. A way only one - it is necessary to be born. But as this distance is covered by the person whether help it with passing of a way or not, - from these circumstances, according to the author of the theory, a lot of things depend in his further life.


According to Grof, during this period lay the foundation of the majority behavioural, psychological and, as a result, social problems. The first serious vital test which the person did not manage to overcome independently as “came to the rescue“ of it puts installation and further to expect the help from outside. When the child is born from a family womb, psychologically gemmates from parents, assuming burden of independent establishment of the social relations, he “remembers“ experience of own birth.

freedom Matrix

I at last, the fourth period - actually childbirth. Grof believes that this end of a feat. Sharp change of all previous living conditions - transition from existence, water to air type, change of temperature condition, action of the strongest irritant - light, action of atmospheric pressure, - all these conditions in a complex cause the most severe stress of all organism of the newborn. According to most of psychologists, patrimonial shock allows mentality of the child to develop so intensively in the first three years of life. There is an opinion that the person is never so close to death, as at the time of the birth. And at the same time after this test becomes possible impossible during other periods of life. In three years after the birth any child carries out such intellectual program which not on forces even to the Nobel laureate. And the feat of the birth is one of the main reasons of such achievements.

Prompt childbirth, Cesarean section, premature birth are a most severe stress for the child who then, according to Grof, will negatively be reflected in his mentality and physiology. But by full breastfeeding about one year, good leaving and love it is possible to compensate negative prenatal matrixes. And the loving mother knows and feels it and without any theories.