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Natural childbirth. No medication. Friends and neighbors could not believe that I would choose to have a baby this way, but as a lifelong Christian Scientist it was only natural for me to turn to God for help during my pregnancies. I had learned from a very young age that God would be my help in any situation.
When my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child, we immediately called a Christian Science practitioner to pray with us for the next nine months. The practitioner helped me see that I needed to begin immediately to establish my understanding that the baby was God's child, and that both of us had our own identity in our Father-Mother God. A statement from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures made this very clear: "Whatever reflects Mind, Life, Truth, and Love, is spiritually conceived and brought forth; but the statement that man is conceived and evolved both spiritually and materially, or by both God and man, contradicts this eternal truth" (p. 303). I did not have any discomfort during the first few months.
As the fetus grew, it appeared to be getting too big for me. When it kicked a certain way I was very uncomfortable. This statement helped a great deal in healing this: "Adhesion, cohesion, and attraction are properties of Mind" (ibid., p. 124). Cohesion meant to me in this case everything fitting together perfectly; there could not be any overlapping or overcrowding, because as ideas of God, the baby and I reflected divine harmony. Once I realized this, there was no more discomfort when the baby moved.
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Watching today's kids, seeing who they truly are
Ralph Hollingsworth Clarke
You think you are a victim—think again!
Prove them wrong!
Robin Jagel Berg
Who is your model?
Grayce G. Young
Letters to a Sunday School pupil: the Ten Commandments
with contributions from Your Sunday School teacher
In the midst of challenges, seeing God's presence
Robert A. Johnson
Freely sharing your insights of Truth
Lacy Bell Richter
Seeking an experience of the sacred
William E. Moody
How can you pray about ethnic strife?
Mary Metzner Trammell
Jennifer Ball Wolf with contributions from Robert C. Wolf
I was born and raised in a Christian Scientist family
In August 1993 I spent a few days with some Parisian friends...
Corinne Isabelle Poncet
My husband was alarmed when I cried out, "I'm all right
Patricia C. Annis