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Enneagram + Birth | Type 5

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5: THE INVESTIGATOR

“Fives are alert, insightful, and curious. They are able to concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and skills. Independent, innovative, and inventive, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary constructs. They become detached, yet high-strung and intense. They typically have problems with eccentricity, nihilism, and isolation. At their Best: visionary pioneers, often ahead of their time, and able to see the world in an entirely new way.”

INSIGHTS:

  • In general, fives will do tons of research and go into birth super prepared.

  • Fives also desire privacy and may opt out of having a support team for this reason.

  • As a five, you may end up subconsciously isolating yourself during your pregnancy. Be careful not to isolate too much – having a supportive “village” once baby arrives is so important!

  • Fives may get overstimulated and need privacy during labor. Don’t be afraid to ask people to leave the room (or have a support person do that for you).

HOMEWORK:

  • If you’ve done a ton of research (like a true five), sit down with your partner and make sure they know all the same things you’ve learned and they are prepared to support you through labor.

  • Make sure your care provider and birth team know that you’d like to be left alone as much as possible and maintain privacy during labor. For example, if you are birthing at a teaching hospital, they may ask if students can attend your labor, which is probably not something you’re comfortable with. Make sure these conversations are had before you are actually admitted and in labor.

  • On the other hand, it’s okay to let people in and allow them to help you during labor, birth, and the newborn days. Surround yourself with people who love you and who you trust.