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Pregnancy complications healed and a harmonious childbirth

From the February 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

It is with a great sense of gratitude that I would like to report some healings that occurred during the final months of my second pregnancy, which culminated in the quick and completely harmonious birth of my daughter a little over a year ago, just a week before Thanksgiving. 

When I found out that my husband and I were expecting our second baby, I was delighted. And I immediately began praying to see this experience in a wholly spiritual light—and as an opportunity to demonstrate the power of divine Love over fear concerning my past. The birth of my first child had been very difficult and challenging, and while I was very grateful for the outcome of a beautiful and healthy baby boy, the experience had left me with a lingering feeling of failure. I had been praying to correct that view of pregnancy and childbirth and replace it with what is described in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy as the “new idea” being “conceived and born of Truth and Love” and “clad in white garments” (p. 463). 

I periodically called a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me during this time. And I contacted a Christian Science nurse to assist with loving practical support during and after the baby’s birth. 

I went back and looked over notes that I had kept from my work with the practitioner during my first pregnancy and relished in spiritual truths that were filled with divine Love. And I began reading Science and Health through cover to cover. I realized that I had never read the Christian Science textbook straight through, and I felt that would be a wonderful exercise to prepare for the birth. For the first seven months, all of the required checkups with medical professionals went smoothly and were relatively unobtrusive, and I was grateful for the harmony. 

But when a standard test came back showing an abnormality and risk of a serious complication, I immediately called the practitioner I had been working with. She assured me that I had no reason to be discouraged, and that this was just a call to go deeper in our understanding of the reality of baby and me as spiritual creations reflecting God’s perfect substance. We prayerfully worked with the idea that this medical claim was just a false belief that didn’t need to be believed because it was not of God, and that God was keeping both the baby and me completely safe. 

I knew that since I am a spiritual idea of God, all functions of my being are actually only spiritual, not material. In the paragraph in Science and Health on “Scientific obstetrics,” quoted from earlier, it also says that “a spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive” (p. 463). I clung to this idea of perfect spiritual being and functioning and worked to eliminate the fear that I would be labeled “high risk” and have to be transferred out of the family birth center I had chosen and into the hospital for delivery, as I had been with my previous child. 

I was asked by the midwife to monitor certain blood levels daily and to come back for an appointment the next week. She assured me that if the levels were controlled, I would not have to transfer out of the birth center, but she said that I would likely have to continue testing several times a day for the duration of the pregnancy. I prayed with the desire to understand my spiritual nature and found this teaching in the book of Isaiah particularly helpful: “Thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine” (43:1). If God had formed both the baby and me and claimed us as His children, we could not help but be found perfect in every way.

At my next appointment, the midwife was pleasantly surprised by the consistently normal test results I had logged. After a second week of completely normal readings, I was no longer required to continue testing, and the concern of complications from that condition was not mentioned again. 

During the final weeks of the pregnancy, the midwife became concerned that my blood pressure was too high. This belief was also destroyed by Truth through prayer. I gained a palpable sense of being cared for and surrounded by divine Love, and my blood pressure quickly returned to normal. 

As the baby’s due date approached, an angel message came to me that I needed to completely erase every material belief about pregnancy, childbirth, and the growth of the baby. This even included so-called practical beliefs about how to be prepared for labor or being concerned about knowing when to go to the birth center. In Science and Health, it says, “The evidence of man’s immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted” (p. 428). 

The practitioner and I prayed with the immortal fact that in reality there is no material birth process—there is just the beautiful unfolding of an eternally complete and perfect spiritual idea. God was “delivering” this child and was in complete control of every detail. I again contemplated the idea of spiritual functioning as it related to childbirth and delivery, and I thought about how the qualities of right movement, serenity, calmness, endurance, are all imparted by divine Mind. 

The months of deep spiritual study bore fruit in the most beautiful and harmonious experience of childbirth that I could have imagined. When I woke early one morning to find my water had broken, I immediately called the practitioner, Christian Science nurse, and midwife, and then I woke my husband up. To our surprise, our daughter was born about thirty minutes later, at home, with no human attendants aside from my husband and me—and we simply witnessed her appear. God truly did bring her forth! There were no phases of labor to go through, and except for a few initial contractions, there was no pain during the birth. A very kind EMT (emergency medical technician)—who had been called by the midwife—arrived shortly after the birth of our baby and commented on how peaceful and calm she was. I recovered quickly, as well, and by the following day was able to move freely up and down the stairs of our house. 

We named our daughter Grace, and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I had to witness God’s grace unfolding this precious divine idea every step of the way. 

Jessica Raflo
Greenville, South Carolina, US

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