Are we sub-human? What would it take to gift our
planet with generations much better primed for
kinship with all life?
In 2012, I wrote Childbirth in 4012 – a utopian
text – for the closing round-table, at the Mid-Pacific conference on Birth and Primal Health Research
in Honolulu, organized by visionary Michel Odent.
My utopia tells of a plan dear to Omraam: parks
all over the world especially designed for pregnant mothers to experience wellness, peace, joy
Childbirth in 4012
The times we enjoy today in 4012 were only
a utopia in previous civilizations. For millennia,
love had been diseased – love for self as well
as love for others. That essential kernel of selfesteem had never been collectively addressed
and nurtured; it had never truly blossomed in
any nation. Yes, throughout the ages there had
been individuals whose hearts and minds had
flourished without ever betraying life, who were
prone to kinship with all. But they were not many.
Prisons were full; abuse, betrayal, greed, war,
crime and indifference were common plagues
among governing elites. Always a foul thirst to
diminish and control others in order to feel better.
However, towards the end of the 20th century
and into the first decades of the 21st, diverse
branches of science shed galaxies of light on the
genesis of a wholly healthy human being, confirming what many sacred wisdom traditions had
taught since the dawn of time.
The intricate physiological orchestration of our
development in the womb was finally understood,
appreciated and respected! Babies were given
better and better conditions to grow robust and
resilient organs – especially the brain – thanks to
the optimal biochemistry and nutrients flowing in
their mother’s blood.
In schools and universities, students of all ages
learned about nature’s plan for a fulfilling primal
period. All over the world, governments started
waking up to the simple yet grand reality that
every pregnant woman needs above all to eat
well, feel joy and be inspired by beauty. For the
first time in over 12,000 years, societies began
dedicating important financial and cultural resources to the wellbeing of pregnant women, in order
to protect this decisive stage of parenting. For the
first time in all those millennia the powers that be
got it: Mothers birth civilizations.
The 21st century saw the start of the centers we
enjoy today in cities, suburbs, and remote villages. Gathering places built in gorgeous parks
where expectant mothers walk in nature, sing
together, rest, weave, paint, read, dance, swim…
enjoying an exquisite and joyful synergy among
the wee inhabitants of their pregnant bellies.
As humanity learned how receptive we are to the
inner world of our parents, that the integrity our
adult body and its trillions of cells begins in the
loving nature of their sexual embrace, unplanned
pregnancies became increasingly rare. Even the
months leading up to the conception started to be
Oh, and I have to tell you about birth! The ignorance that had marred most of birth practices
slowly receded and died. The unbridled use of
technological intervention, finally recognized as
counterproductive at best and abusive at worst,
peaked in the early 21st century. Once and for
all, “experts” left laboring mothers undisturbed,
trusting their bodies’ wisdom. Quiet and privacy
were embraced as the primary facilitators of easy
The decade of the 2050s marked a turning point
when the first generation of the wellborn ones
attained maturity. They grew up to be teachers,
artists, merchants and policy makers of a different breed. Their presence on earth instilled more
creativity, empathy, flexibility, social intelligence
and resilience into the marrow of the human family.
They began to have their own children, and the