Birth Story Processing
Birth is powerful, raw, awe-inspiring, amazing, and intense. After you give birth you are raw and open.
Maybe you find yourself going over and over the details of the birth, asking yourself questions like “Why did I do that?” or “Why did the doctor say that?” Maybe you just keep seeing the same scene over and over, or hearing or smelling something on a repeated loop.
Telling your birth story is important and you will likely tell it many times. It matters to whom you tell it, everyone wants to know how it went. But not everyone knows how to listen.
Sometimes telling the story is hard. Sometimes the people listening say things that hurt deeply, usually without intending to. Sometimes you experienced birth trauma or birth complications. Possibly you locked it away for months or even years, just to survive.
Many have benefited from telling their birth story. Sometimes it is enough to simply write it down. I absolutely recommend you do this. It helps to solidify the memories for the future and re-reading it over time can give you insight and healing.
But sometimes things happened in the birth that didn’t go the way you expected, or they went too fast, or someone said something that you can’t get out of your head. Possibly the birth trauma was so intense you can’t face it or you or baby experienced birth complications. You might feel like no one will ever understand.
It IS possible to process this monumental event. I have taken extensive training in birth processing as well as having had 2 very intense and at times traumatic childbirth experiences of my own.
Additionally, I am trained in evidence-based therapy specifically for processing these kinds of events. I am also trained in Brainspotting which is a highly effective method for processing birth trauma.
Even if it has been years since the event occurred, it is not too late. The story is still there, waiting to be told.
How it works
It starts with us getting to know one another. Then once you feel safe with me, you tell me the story. I listen to the whole story straight through. I will ask questions for clarification to make sure I am understanding it. But mostly I will just listen. Then together we will work through each moment, processing it, labeling it, feeling it. This sometimes takes several sessions; we go at your pace.
It might hurt and focusing on the feelings is at times unpleasant. It takes time to process what happened and you deserve to take the time needed to incorporate this chapter into your life story.
Your sessions will include screening for birth trauma as well as support for processing any trauma you experienced or unresolved emotions that are stuck.