BIRTH STORY CIRCLES & SESSIONS
Explore your experience of giving birth and becoming a mother
Please contact me if you would like to set up a group or private session.
Your Birth Story
Your experience of giving birth and becoming a mother is a unique and intense personal journey through the unknown. Even if you have written down your story or told it to others many times, your birth story is not a fixed story; your birth story changes over time, and depending on where, when, and to whom you tell it. Perhaps there are parts you have never spoken aloud or acknowledged. My circles and private sessions are for women who have had difficult births or who, for any reason, want to explore their experience of giving birth in an nonjudgmental environment where you will be truly heard and understood. Your feelings and beliefs will be honored as we move through a powerful and effective storytelling process to help you integrate and make sense of your experience. You will leave your session with a new-found lightness in your body and heart.
Who Can Attend
If you have feelings of disappointment, confusion, anger, guilt, shame, anxiety, and/or sadness surrounding the events of your pregnancy, birth, early mothering period, and/or breastfeeding, then a Birth Story session is for you. Whether you avoid thinking about specific parts of your experience or constantly replay it in your mind, you may be ready to change how you think about or give meaning to your birth and mothering experiences. Women who had unwanted medical interventions or cesareans are highly encouraged to attend. The birth need not be recent for you to participate (I work with grandmothers, too.) I also welcome pregnant women who had a challenging previous birth experience and are preparing for an upcoming birth.
This Is Important
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 sessions are NOT therapy, many women find that their whole outlook becomes more hopeful and experience immediate positive effects in their daily life and relationships-- with themselves and others.
My Birth Story circles are about two hours long, and offer you an opportunity to meet with other mothers in a warm, compassionate, and nonjudgmental circle to explore your deepest feelings about giving birth and becoming a mother. This is a space for you to re-examine your birth and to begin to see it and yourself in a new light. You have the opportunity to birth a new story about yourself as a woman and mother. Come and honor the transformative journey of the childbearing year. If you prefer, private Birth Story sessions are available too.
Birthing From Within Tools
Using art exploration and other Birthing From Within processes, we initiate self-awareness, promote healing, and celebrate ourselves as women who have given birth. The emphasis is on inner exploration and healing from within. No artistic skills are needed.
What to Bring
Be sure to bring your awareness, your fears, and your hopes. Bring your courage and willingness to be your own teacher. An open heart and mind will allow space for a meaningful and healing journey to begin. You may also want to bring a journal or notebook and a favorite pen.
Due to the intense and focused nature of our work, babies should be left with a loving caregiver.
Birth Story Circles are 90-120 minutes long and typically held on Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons. The fee is on a sliding scale: from $15 to $50. Private sessions, in person or by phone, are available for $125 (sliding scale starts at $50). Please contact me for upcoming dates and times, as well as for more information and to register.