Frederick Leboyer was one of the pioneers in articulating how the life of the unborn child is conscious, sensitive, vulnerable and sacred. He took the spiritual philosophies of the world and shined the light of that wisdom on the mysterious passage all human beings make between heaven and earth--that period of ten lunar months we call gestation. How do we forget birth touches the ultimate mystery---the mystery of creation itself? A totally unique individual woven out of the union of the genetic material of its parents will join the human family. Leboyer woke us up to the care we need to use in greeting each new arrival.
The following is a quote from Birth Without Violence by Frederick Leboyer:
In the womb the child's life is unfolded like a play in two acts; two seasons as different as summer from winter. In the beginning, the "golden age." The embryo, a tiny plant, budding, growing and one day becoming a fetus. From vegetable to animal; movement appears, spreading from the little trunk outward, to the extremities. The little plant has learned to move its branches, the fetus is now enjoying his limbs. Heavenly freedom! Yes, his is the golden age! This little being is weight-less: free of all shackles, all worries.
Carried weightless by the waters, he plays, he frolics, he gambols, light as a bird, flashing as quickly, as brilliantly as a fish.
In his limitless kingdom, in his boundless freedom, as if, passing through the immensity of time, he tries on all the robes, he tastes and enjoys all the forms which Life has dreamed up for Itself.