WHAT IS PRENATAL EDUCATION?
Consider this situation. If you were a person who liked cooking and one fine day you decide to start a restaurant, what would be the first steps you would take towards this venture? Planning resources and strategies, finding space, infrastructure and support, various facets that call for decision making etc would be the logical way to go. Along with all this, you might have to consider the difference between amateur cooking and professional cooking. Suppose you start off on this venture and learn as you grow, with trials and errors, years down the line you would achieve a professional level of expertise. Even if you did take a crash course on professional cooking, finally it would be your practical experience that moulds you into an expert. However, is it not true that learning some basics before you started off would have certainly eliminated many errors along the way, and yet given you experience, while saving time and energy learning through mistakes?
Similarly, the prenatal stage is the time a human being spends in the womb- planning and constructing the blue print to a venture called “Life”. Will it not then make it worthwhile to gain the basic and foundational knowledge about life and its various facets? Why wait for years to go by learning through mistakes; own and others? Why waste energy and time training to be an expert on “How to live?” rather than live like an expert?
Prenatal Education is the process through which parents, family members or mentors facilitate learning about human life to the unborn child within the womb of the mother. In fact this could begin even before conception of the child. Is this possible? Yes. Both scientific research and spiritual teachings confirm this. Prenatal education empowers the child with lifelong knowledge.
DIMENSIONS OF PRENATAL EDUCATION
|1] Who Am I?||Self Knowledge|
|2] Where did I come from?||Universal Connect|
|3] Why am I here?||Glory of Creation|
|4] What should I be doing here?||Purpose of Life|
|5] How did I get here?||Design of Creation|
|6] Whom am I here with?||Network of Humanity|
|7] Where should I go from here?||Blueprint of Life Ahead|
|8] How should I continue?||Value and Belief System|
|9] What do I need?||Pursuits and Transactions|
PRENATAL EDUCATION Vs PREGNANCY CARE
Many ideas and practices are popular in the context of pregnancy. For instance – Lamaze classes for breath regulation and painless delivery, Skin Preservation( anti-stretch) through pregnancy, Prenatal Yoga, Pilate and physiotherapy exercises and the like. It must be clearly noted that not all practices are meant for or reach the prenatal child. In fact most of the practices are for the mother and not the child in womb. Most prescriptions on diet, usage of cosmetics, lifestyle and the like are meant for well-being of the mother. In the pristine Indian context all these would go under the banner of Garbhini Paricharya or well-being of the pregnant woman.
Prenatal Education, however, is a completely different concept and practice. Omnio Future focuses exclusively on educating the unborn child in the womb or Prenatal Education. Omnio Prenatal Education has its roots in Garbha Sanskara as given in Ancient Indian scriptures.
However, many practices in India go on in the name of Garbha Sanskara. While they may deliver benefits, their focus may not be the holistic education of the child in the womb. The difference between Garbhini Paricharya and Garbha Sanskara is quite stark in terms of the effect on the child. For instance, in a country like India, various forms of Garbha Sanskara are practiced. Many mothers, especially in the economically weaker sections, also take to such practices. The mother’s inadequate nutritional intake is something to be concerned about. However, it is also noticed that healthy and wise children are born to mothers who have gone hungry for many days!
The effect of the Garbha Sanskara is on the child in the womb. It causes the child to remain insulated from the harmful effects of the mother’s physical and emotional condition.
When you admit a child to school you are taken through an intensive orientation programme for parents. Thus parents understand the teaching methodology and are prepared to contribute and participate in the child’s education. Your orientation does not imply that your child has completed the grade.
Similarly, Garbhini Paricharya is your orientation and Garbha Sanskara is your child’s education.