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Forget hospitals, find peace with hypnobirthing

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If you are not keeping up on the arts and successes of hypnobirthing, it's time to check in with Lakshmi Landa. For the past 12 years, she has been a leading practitioner of counseling pregnant women and their partners as they go through the rituals of birthing, either the way nature designed, which can lead to enduring moments of joy, or the conventional medical establishment way, which can be fearful, hurtful and expensive -- obstetrical violence, in other words.

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Dutch theologian and Scripture scholar Henri Nouwen first encountered Rembrandt van Rijn's "The Return of the Prodigal Son" on a poster on the door of an office at the L'Arche community in France. That encounter prompted Nouwen to go to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, in order to see the original.

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