Birth Story Listening

From Erinn:

"I felt like our birth story session was so incredibly helpful in uncovering what's still left for me to process, and words cannot express how thankful I am for the encouragement, perspective, and constructive advice you offered to help me try and look at my experience in a new way. I've had a couple pretty major 'aha' moments as I've continued to process what we talked about, and I want you to know that I will be forever grateful for you, as I continue to transform/accept/heal from the feelings related to my first birth."

 

"The focus on survival demands that you notice the tiger in the trees before you pay attention to the beauty of the branches." 
-Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark

Why is Birth Storytelling Important?

The opportunity to formally process birth stories is often overlooked in modern postpartum recovery, but the story itself plays an important role. Stories not only describe, but shape our experiences. Many of us are taught to only share socially-safe highlights, leaving the most difficult memories stuck and unresolved. A clear, supportive outlet for the unfiltered story can open new avenues for healing,  and guidance through the return from the immense experience of birth.

Birth is a transformation. It can be difficult and beautiful; intense, ecstatic and confusing, all at once. Birth might test parents' deepest hopes or fears, and require major, though invisible, internal shifts. It may bring both an ending and beginning, a breaking point and a reinvention of the self.

 

Put simply: childbirth is a lot. Any significant change can be painful to navigate, especially without a "map" to the other side, and tools to digest all it has stirred up.  Even with an amazing support system, the transition to parenthood can leave little space to find proper footing after emerging from birth's intensity.

 

Whether your birth appeared traumatic or ideal, it is entirely normal to feel troubled by some piece of your experience.  Birth Story Listening is a sort of resting place in the midst of adjusting to a new life, where you can pause, process your pain, and find what you need to go forward in a new way, gently lead by a trained listener.

About the Process:

Birth Story Listening is not therapy. It is a supported inner process, involving guided storytelling, deep listening, solution-focused dialogue, and more. Rather than offering external solutions to an internal difficulty, my role is to sensitively guide you through your experience to land upon and access the part of you who knows the way forward. Our goal is not to "fix" a past event, but to begin re-framing your relationship to it, so that you may continue on in a new, personally constructive, way. 

I learned and practiced this method through training in Birth Story Listening and Birth Story Medicine with Pam England of Birthing From Within.

 

Who May Benefit? 

Birth Story Listening is helpful for those who continue to feel somehow negatively impacted by any aspect of their birth story. My sessions are open to parents, partners, doulas, midwives, and other birth-givers, attendants, and witnesses. 

 

Details:
Sessions take place in calm, private environments, either in-person, by phone, or via Skype, at any point after birth. Payments are donation-based. A typical investment is between $45 - $80 when feasible, but this amount is left to storytellers' discretion and financial reality. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please click here to schedule your storytelling session now.

 

Article:
"Changing the Way We Tell Our Birth Stories"-- NIcole Tricarico

 

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