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Speaking over Emma's frantic screams, I instructed Alice to breathe and to relax, holding Emma close. I suggested she imagine the birth as she would have wished it to be and simply enjoy visualizing herself holding Emma and keeping her close after birth. She knew now that Emma was fine, and she could take that knowledge back with her to the time of birth, allowing it to change the picture back then, healing the past -- holding her close and warm, no separation at all, just keeping her next to her after she was born ...

Within two minutes of visualizing and relaxing into a healing visualization of this imagery of bonding after birth, Emma abruptly -- as abruptly as she had begun -- stopped crying and looked around the room and at me for the first time. Alice and I continued to talk about the possibility that Emma had developed an overwhelming negative and fearful response to any change in her environment, however slight, based on her first experience of being whisked off in an ambulance with sirens blaring and no one to hold or comfort her through the many medical procedures she endured in the hours that followed. What a shocking way to enter the world! We also talked about the healing visualization, the feelings of holding Emma immediately after birth with no separation, and giving herself this healing experience now and throughout the next few weeks. Later in the session, Emma cried again, but much more quietly and she responded to Alice's holding -- and imagery of holding her after the birth- by becoming quiet.

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