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Closing the bones, my story, by Helen Discombe

This story has been written by Helen Discombe Where to start with this story?  I had planned to start at the birth, but I feel I need to reach back before then. There was a time where I thought I would never be a mother.  I feared birth.  I feared hospitals and doctors and nurses.…

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A mother’s experience of closing the bones

When I first heard of a ‘closing the bones’ ceremony I must admit I thought it sounded slightly sinister and cult-ish – I couldn’t have been more wrong! A quick ‘Google’ brought up lovely stories and images of South African women celebrating motherhood with a wonderful woman-centred ceremony incorporating massage and rebozo work. So, not…

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