Robert Mendelsohn in his book, Confessions of a Medical Heretic, claims the most political thing one can do is to fall in love, get married and birth the babies at home.
Patriarch Abraham was told in Genesis (Gen 22:17-18) "I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea-shore�and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed."
I suppose if Satan wanted to frustrate Gods plans for the House of Israel he would start by interfering with every aspect of fertility.
And He HAS!
The spirit of child death - the spirit of Pharaoh and Herod, is raging in our world.
In Malachi ch 4:5-6 it reads�"Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: and he shall turn the heart of the Fathers to their children and the heart of the children to their Fathers, lest I come and smite the Earth with a curse."
How can the spirit of Elijah turn the hearts if Fathers don't have children?
The question I was most asked while expecting my third child was, "Are you done?" Even some of my Christian friends assumed the only reason I was having a third child was because I had two daughters and we wanted a son. Whenever our family went out in public while I was pregnant with our fourth, we were greeted with stupefied stares.
Now when I am asked, "Are you done?" I usually reply, "Oh, I'd like to have 8 or 9 more children." Silence.
"Why are billionaires like Ted Turner so interested in population control?" In giving a billion dollars to the UN population fund he has exemplified his antagonism towards parents who desire large families. Why does he care? Is he afraid there won�t be enough food for him?
Lack of food in our world is caused by ignorance, not overpopulation. If we took all of the prime land that is used to grow tobacco, coffee, drugs, chocolate (all of the alkaloid plants that wreck so much havoc on our bodies), as well as the grains used to make alcohol and fatten cattle, and used that land to grow grains, beans, seeds, fruits, vegetables and herbs for healing, we could, in one generation, change our farmland from fields of death and disease to crops which promote abundant health.
I have nothing personal against those who eat meat, drink coffee or smoke cigarettes. I simply believe that it is not little babies who are the cause of starvation and disease in our world. Let's be honest about where the problem lies.
Monsanto, the huge agricultural company, wants to change the face of farming. The terminator seed is potentially dangerous to the ecosystem, yet an agricultural monopoly is all they seem to care about.
In Genesis it reads: (Genesis 1: 28-29) �God said unto them, Be Fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the Sea and over the fowl of the Air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed: to you it shall be for meat."
A century of chemical farming has caused tremendous amounts of disease. Those scientists who believe they can improve on what God has provided for food are risking the gentle ebb and flow that is the plant world.
I have learned that organic foods and natural healing offer some extremely valuable tools that enable the family to heal. Babies are not the problem, ignorance is.
Ted Turner, why don�t you offer your billions to the organic farmers of the world?
Multiply (part two)
Modern prophets have boldly declared that, �Gods command to Adam and Eve, the same command given to all of us to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. God commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between men and women, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.� (Proclamation on the Family)
Misused reproductive organs have a tendency to fill with cancer, shrivel up and fall off the body. Those who misuse their procreative powers in sinful ways have the most guilt, depression, cancer and surgery. This is not some plot against those who reject God�s laws for happiness; it is simply the way the body works.
The happiest couples on the earth are those who save their virtue for marriage, honor their marital vows with complete fidelity, and claim the fullness of their reproductive powers by quietly birthing their own babies in the sanctity and peace of their own homes. �Happiness in family life is most likely achieved and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities.� (Proclamation on the Family)
When parents relax and just let the babies come naturally, (exclusive breast - feeding has given us 15 months of infertility after each of our last three babies!), the ideal of replenishing the earth is realized.
A great prophet has said that Motherhood lies at the foundation of happiness in the home, and of prosperity in the nation...He added that there can be no lasting happiness separate and apart from the home, and every effort made to sanctify and preserve its influence is uplifting to those who toil and sacrifice for its establishment... There is no happiness without service, and there is no service greater than that which converts the home into a divine institution and which promotes and preserves family life.
I grew up in a home where Mother was always pregnant and nursing. The oldest girl in a family of eight children, I know the joys of having many brothers and sisters to share my life with, a loving nurturing stay at home mother, and a kind and generous Father. I have always told people that I was going to have twelve children when I grew up. As I entered into my dating years, I quickly realized that most men were not interested in having that many children. I married my husband because he was the first man I dated who didn�t RUN when I mentioned this desire. As we have struggled and learned how to be parents together, I have been so grateful to be married to a man who loves our children with all his heart.
I meet so many spiritual women who would love to have more children, but the husbands shy away from the expenses involved in raising a large family. What these men don�t realize is that having children in actually very inexpensive. It is the doctor bills, the baby formula, the plastic diapers, the name brand clothing, the junk food, the day care and the schooling that is expensive.
I figure by the time we finish raising our children holistically we will have spent about as much raising our brood as a two income family spends in raising one mainstream child. We rarely go to a medical doctor (usually just the E.R. for emergency care.) We buy most of our clothing at thrift stores. Second hand toys, shoes, and washing our own cloth diapers save thousands. Breast - feeding saves about two thousand per child. I stay home, so we don�t have day care costs. We drive one beat up second hand mini van, and live in a small house. We believe that if our children have the ability to read and write well and excel in math they will be better educated than 50% of the population. Internet schools and universities will greatly reduce college costs for families and by the time we are finished our children will be healthy, educated, alive, (I think these recent school shootings are the tip of an iceberg of violence in the public schools) and ready to marry and start their own families. Which is what this whole business is all about...grandchildren!
Fathers, what you need to realize is that home life can be done very inexpensively and happily on one income and if the desire is to have many children, it can be done!
Natural Family Company
This essay on Parenting was an excerpt from Jenny Hatch�s book Elijah Birth, How to turn the hearts of the Father�s, an E-book written for Father�s who are feeling pressured to have an unassisted birth but don�t want to. Written with the reluctant Father in mind, Jenny covers all of the issues relevant to the home birthing family and gives parents many practical tips and arguments in favor of Couples birthing alone. Many wonderful birth stories and testimonials are shared in this easy to read format on the web. Buy it now from her web site - $10.00 � http://www.naturalfamilyco.com
Reader review for Elijah Birth
�I have tossed around the idea of unassisted birth now for a few weeks but I never seriously considered it as an option. Until now. I thought that unassisted birth was fine as long as it was someone else taking part in it. But, me?
One of the books I read that helped to shape this idea is called, "Elijah Birth- How to turn the Hearts of the Fathers." The author of this account of birth experiences is Jenny Hatch.
The set up of this book is incredible, a series of essays for Fathers about unassisted birth. The essays are interwoven with stories, experiences, and interviews with other LDS women who have given birth unassisted and many are from an email group called LDS-UC. It was so refreshing to sit down and read something about birth from my own religious perspective and realize that I was not alone in my crazy, alternative birthing thoughts!
Many of the things I read in Elijah Birth has given me the courage to really seek an unassisted birth for my next baby and has prompted me in helping me decide what "method" of childbirth that I really want to teach to women. We are taught in our church that the Savior Jesus Christ is going to come to reign on the earth once more and when that day comes, there will be much despair and famine and drought. Families will be in disarray because of the calamities that will take place. We are taught in our church that we as families need to be prepared and self sufficient for that time. In other words, we need to know how to give birth to, raise, and care for our children and families without the assistance of the government or public and without technology. This book was great in bringing across that point and it really has prompted me to seek out knowledge in herbs and homeopathy as well as essential oils and alternative healings.
But, it also talks about being able to birth our babies without medical (or medwifery) attendance.
It seems so simple yet why is it so hard to do? Family Sovereignty (or independant or self-governed) is what the aim is for and that includes birth. It is not a new concept but for many of us in this culture in this day and age when every one of our needs are met instantly, I can see how this would be a tough concept to grasp. But, it has helped me immensely in understanding unassisted birth. There are so many other areas of life that need to be "unnassisted".
The book focuses on such things as nutrition for pregnancy, and quotes many reputable sources such as Dr Tom Brewer and talks about cleaning and purifying our bodies, the dangers of drugs and the pharmaceutical companies, and leaving materialism behind. There are many stories and experiences throughout the book that leave you wanting to experience your very own "Elijah Birth." and the freedom that comes from this type of birth. Many people say over and over that they would never plan any other kind of birth except an unassisted birth, there is no way you can go back after knowing what you know.
This book has brought me much closer to that step and has made me see it through the eyes of many who have experienced unassisted birth and want to tell others about how glorious it can be!
Oh I wish I had read this book sooner!�
Natural Family Company
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