BIRTH STORY MEDICINE ®
Everyone who experiences or witnesses the power of birth can be awed by its mystery. At the same time, many are haunted by feelings of powerlessness, betrayal, shame, blame, or regret about a particular moment in which they believe they failed, or were failed. This moment often colors the memory of birth and how we see ourselves long after the birth is over.
BIRTH STORY MEDICINE is healing conversation, a way of heals a negative belief about yourself, feelings of Here are a few more reasons people call for Birth Story Medicine:
Birth Story Medicine for Fathers and Partners
It is difficult to witness someone you love in pain or having interventions she had hoped to avoid – and to not be able to "fix" the situation. Even if you took a class, you may not have been emotionally prepared to be the primary support person during the first labor, induction, or cesarean surgery you have ever witnessed, events synonymous with uncertainty and peppered with decision-making. It makes sense that fathers and partners experience emotional birth trauma, too, but this is rarely acknowledged in our culture. It is difficult for couples to talk to each other about failed expectations related to the birth plan, birth attendants, or the supportive role, or to fully understand what the other is feeling. Although women talk to other women about birth experiences, many fathers don't know who to talk to; all too often upsetting memories and feelings are marginalized or buried. Unresolved and confusing feelings about the birth can adversely effect your relationship with your partner and child, and influence attitudes and decisions during a future pregnancy. It would be my pleasure to listen to your story and explore your questions in a private, confidential session.
Birth Story Medicine for Birth Attendants
As a health care provider, you are trained to put aside your own feelings about how certain births, patients, peers, or protocol affect you in order to bring your full attention to caring for others. While this may be necessary, even noble, during the work day . . . making it a habit to ignore or minimize your emotional needs is not sustainable as a professional working in the demanding field of obstetrics.
Do you make time on a regular basis to sort out how certain births are affecting your attitude and self-confidence? Do you have a process, an "inner map" that takes you through the maze in your mind toward a new understanding or self-acceptance? Or have you gotten used to, or resigned to, carrying the weight of regret, shame, or sadness from a birth you attended in your heart?
If wanting to avoid certain kinds of births or patients is beginning to feel like a stone in your shoe, making you limp through a shift, slowly chipping away at your confidence, creativity, or joy, you may be pleasantly surprised at the difference one private Birth Story Medicine session can make. Confidential, affordable.
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In an ideal world, in the same way health care providers are required to remain current with ongoing continuing education, I believe BIRTH STORY MEDICINE should be available to, and required of every birth peep on a regular basis. For now, give yourself the gift of peace of mind, of renewed passion for your work.
Ready for a dose of Birth Story Medicine?
There's no better time than now,
Let your healing begin today. Here's how:
Register first, then call Pam's office (505-377-8282) during normal business hours to schedule your private birth story appointment.
(Appointments can be conducted in person at Pam's office, or by Skype, or by phone.)