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The Birth Song: A True Testament to the Bond between a Mother & Her Unborn Child

Translated, in part, from Jack Kornfield’s Audio Meditation, The Art of Inner Listening

This is one of my favourite stories – one that illustrates the quality of listening, hearing & connection that develops between a mother and her unborn child.

In a particular East African Village, when a child is born, parents don’t count the “birth”day as the day the child enters the world – or even on the day the child is conceived; but rather from when that child is first a thought in her mother’s mind …

As soon as a mother realizes that she would like to have a child, she will go out & sit in a field under a tree, and she will listen – until she can hear the song of the child whom wants to be born in her heart … when she hears this song, she sings it to herself …

As she returns back to the village and teaches it to her partner, they conceive a child together – and they sing this song & invite this child to be born.

Later when this woman is pregnant, she sings this song to the child while in the womb; she teaches it to the midwives, so that when the child is born, the first song or sound that she hears is each of her family members & midwives gathered around, singing her own, unique song …

And after that, as the child grows, the people in the village learn the song of this child, so that when she falls and hurts herself, someone picks her up & sings her song to her… in rites of passage or spiritual rituals, the song is sung … at her wedding ceremony, both songs are sung … until finally even at the end of life, the song of this child, now as an elderly person, is sung for the last time as villagers gather around to pay their last respects …

Finding time for stillness, healing and silence in our lives, allows us the ability to hear the song within ourselves, and to be respectful of the song within those around us.

Entering into motherhood in a conscious and peaceful mindset initiates the process of raising conscious and balanced children who grow to learn balanced & effective coping mechanisms.


Carla Beharry, DSHM.

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  • Kate
    January 18, 2012

    Thank you for sharing Carla,

    That is lovely and makes me tear up a bit.

    • Carla
      January 18, 2012

      Hi Kate, you are most welcome – I love this story too… I have it on a Jack Kornfield CD about the “Art of Listening” and always have a few tears when I hear it … xo

  • Denise
    February 27, 2012

    As a mother to be, I find this especially resonated with me. I remember the moment I became aware I wanted to have a child. It has been a journey. This is a beautiful ritual.

  • Carla
    February 28, 2012

    Hi Denise, thank you so much for taking a moment to read & leave your thoughts … I agree, this is a touching & beautiful ritual – an amazing way to feel connected to your child while still in utero. Best wishes on your motherhood journey … Warmly, Carla

  • Jeanette
    May 3, 2013

    I have a question. I’d like to know if you know the East African Tribe that this is from. Thank you!

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