Birth Story Listening
Everyone who experiences or witnesses the power of birth can be uplifted by the mystery and power of birth, and at the same time be haunted or dominated by feelings of powerlessness, confusion, shame, blame, or regret about a particular moment in which they believe they failed, or were failed.
A private Birth Story Listening session is for:
- Mothers who gave birth weeks ago or years ago.
- Mothers who are pregnant again and memories from a previous birth are causing doubt, fears, or raising questions.
- Partners who experienced birth trauma. Carrying the weight from even one unsettling moment in labor can affect your relationship with your partner and your child, and your attitude during a future pregnancy.
- Birth professionals who want to serve with a clear mind and strong spirit but are troubled by a particular moment, an unexpected event, or a dialogue between coworkers, clients or within themselves.
Whether you avoid thinking about specific parts of your experience or constantly replay a moment in your mind, you may be ready to change how you think about or give meaning to your birth experiences.
You may be told that it doesn't really matter how you feel about your birth as long as you had a “good outcome.” For many in our culture, “healthy mother, healthy baby” may be considered the only thing of value. Yet we know inside that it does matter what happened to YOU during this important time in your life. Also, during birth or postpartum, sometimes things do not go as you expected or hoped, and you may have questions about it, or want to learn from your experiences.
Difficult or traumatic births can affect personal relationships, physical and mental well-being, self-esteem, and parenting. While these Birth Story Listening sessions are NOT therapy, many find that their whole outlook becomes more hopeful and experience immediate positive effects in their daily life and relationships.
Due to the intense and focused nature of this work, babies should be left with a loving caregiver.
Sliding scale $30-$50 for a private 60-minute Birth Story Listening session.