Dr Kumari Valentine | Meditations for Pregnancy Related Loss

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Meditations for Pregnancy Related Loss

by Dr Kumari Valentine

Mindfulness inspired reflective exercises and visualisations for pregnancy related loss.
Genre: Spoken Word: Educational
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Making Peace with Your Body
4:32 FREE
2. Acknowledging Dreams and Hopes
3:57 FREE
3. Connecting with Your Baby
3:21 FREE
4. Working with Anger
5:03 FREE
5. You Are More Than Grief (A Hydrangea Visualiation)
3:38 FREE
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Album Notes
I'm a clinical psychologist and also a mother to a beautiful little girl who passed away on her due date. Much of my work has involved mindfulness - the practice of being in the here and now, compassionate, and present. If you have experienced a pregnancy related loss, my heart goes out to you, I feel with you, and hope that these tracks give you words and a space to be. I recorded these tracks not to suggest how you "should" be as there are no rules around grief and life and loss. Rather, I hope these meditations offer you some comfort, give you words when you might not have enough, and bring you into the here and now; present; and compassionate to yourself.
After my daughter was born, in my clinical work, my clients gifted me with stories about their pregnancy related losses. Sometimes, these weren’t even recognised as pregnancy related losses. While many felt able to speak about miscarriages and stillbirths with me, there were other losses I acutely became aware of: the loss of the birth one imagined, the loss of control; the loss of the chance to become pregnant, the loss of the chance at fatherhood, and so on.
01: Making Peace with your Body. In this meditation, I invite you to dialogue with gentleness and compassion with your body. There may be subtle and not so subtle ways in which we treat our body, post loss, as if we do not trust it, do not like it, or do not identify with it.
02: Acknowledging Dreams and Hopes. We can have dreams and hopes for our children to be. What happens to these when there is a loss? When you are ready, you may be able to make meaning out of what has happened and making meaning out of tragedy helps move to a new place of being.
03: Connecting with your Baby. This may feel very painful. It may feel tempting to push away these memories, hopes, and desires. Suppression has huge emotional and physical consequences. I invite you to celebrate and connect with your baby.
04: Working with Anger. Feeling angry at others, at the world, at professionals, at the Universe, is common. Anger often accompanies feelings of hurt and loss. I suggest some ways that you might want to explore anger if you wish to.
05: You are more than your Grief. It can feel like all you are doing is grieving and that you are your experience – that what you are is frozen into one aspect of your life. When you are ready, this exercise is about acknowledging the other aspects of yourself.
You may find writing in a journal alongside these exercises useful. These exercises were created with love and given in a spirit of offering you a solace and compassion. They are not meant to replace work with a suitably qualified professional if that is what you need, although they may compliment that work. I urge you to please seek professional assistance if you require it. Know that you are not alone.
This album is available for free through CD Baby. If you have found this helpful, you are welcome to make a donation through my website that will help projects associated with this album.



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