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Healing Your Birth Story, with Pam England

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #49

Birth does its own thing, and often it’s harder than expected, even for women whose experience matched their birth plan. How can you heal? Is there a way to prevent birth trauma? Pam England from Birthing From Within tells us more.

To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.

 

What we talked about:

  • The importance of acknowledging emotional birth trauma
  • Choose your listener carefully
  • Creating emotional healing after a difficult birth
  • The 9 phases of a birth story, as it goes through healing
  • Going beyond the medical story: finding your own meaning
  • Is the sharing of birth stories helpful?
  • How to listen to a birth story
  • Why healing your story can take years
  • Do you carry your story in your body as well?
  • Healing is not just for traumatic births
  • Ways to prevent or reduce birth trauma
  • Are birth plans useless?
  • Questioning what you really need as you prepare for birth
  • Letting go of expectations
  • The importance of compassionate birth education
  • Embracing discomfort and uncertainty

 

More on healing your birth story:

 

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About Pam England

Pam received her nurse-midwifery education from the Frontier School of Family Nursing and Midwifery in Hyden, Kentucky, and was certified by the American College of Nurse Midwifery (1979). She practiced midwifery for 16 years in hospital, birth center, and home birth settings. She also has a master’s in psychology-counseling with an emphasis on birth-related psychology, from Antioch University (1986). Inspired by her own birth experiences, Pam developed Birthing From Within, which is an innovative, holistic approach to childbirth and postpartum preparation.

She is also the author of the book, Birthing from Within written in 1998, and next year she will be publishing an updated version with Virginia Bobro called Ancient Map for Modern Birth.

Pam is the mother of two grown sons, one born via cesarean birth, and the other at home. Each birth experience gave her insight, humility, compassion, and a holistic perspective of birth in our culture. Pam lives, paints, teaches, writes, hikes, in New Mexico. She is the mother of two grown sons, Sky and Lucien. She gave birth to her first son by cesarean; her second was born at home. Each birth experience gave her insight, humility, compassion, and a holistic perspective of birth in our culture.
Learn more at Pam’s personal page: BirthingFromWithinNewMexico, her personal blog (Birth Peeps with Pam England), BirthingFromWithin.com page or follow the conversation on Facebook.

Adriana Lozada

Comments

Margot

Hi Adriana-
This was such a rich podcast, thank you. I really appreciate Pam England’s approach to birth trauma. In the podcast you asked about holding trauma in your body and your experience in releasing the trauma during your doula training. I wanted to let you know there is so much research and great information about how trauma really is a mind/body issue and is really best treated through body-centered approach. If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk’s research and the work of Dr. Peter Levine on somatic experiencing.
Thank you again for this great information and I really enjoy hearing directly from so many birth experts on your podcast.

Adriana Lozada

Margot! Thanks for the message and the resources. I’ll certainly look into them. I know my experience during the podcast was anecdotal, but it was powerful moment, specially for the immediate healing that it created. 🙂