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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.
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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:
Read Pam’s blog posts on the 9 Birth Healing Journey Gates, starting with the first gate.
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.