Becoming a Family

Margaret Shaw


The first three intense and joyful years of the family journey.

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Becoming a Family explores the first three intense and joyful years of the family journey.

Raising children is a lifelong journey and is never what you imagine it to be. It is also a profound personal journey: parents need to trust their own inner sense as a guide for health and truth. After all, mothers and fathers have been raising children successfully long before childcare experts came along!

Babies arrive ‘trailing clouds of glory’, creating a profound spiritual and human presence. Margaret Shaw explores how babies can be welcomed onto this earth with warmth, love, insight, joy, rhythm, structure and sensitive care. This helps lay healthy physical, psychological and spiritual foundations for life. The book follows the incarnating process of the child, starting before conception through the first three years of the family up to the third birthday.

Margaret Shaw was a mother, a Dr Hauschka rhythmical masseuse, author, and childbirth and parenting educator. A qualified working physiotherapist, she pioneered training for couples facing childbirth and also trained childbirth educators. In later years she coached families of children with learning difficulties and worked in healing massage.

Becoming a Family is a helpful companion to intending family makers and parents … The message of this book is the need for the young family to have a safe place, a place of containment, warmth and rhythm.” —Margie Bruvel, Protea


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