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In the Middle of a Transformation With Dr. Britta Bushnell
Dr. Britta Bushnell (she/her) is a wife and mother, author of Transformed by Birth, host of the podcast Transformed, veteran childbirth educator, celebrated speaker, mythologist, and specialist in childbirth, relationship, and parenting. For over 20 years, Dr. Bushnell has worked with individuals and couples as they prepare for the life-changing experience of giving birth. Her work with parents has been enriched by her doctoral work in mythology and psychology, her years spent as a co-owner of Birthing From Within, as well as her dedicated study of solution-focused brief therapy, storytelling, sustaining sexual vibrancy, and helping romantic partnerships thrive even during parenthood.
What you’ll hear in this episode: Britta’s yoga career Episode 97: Birth Story Medicine with Pam England Transformed by Birth book by Dr. Britta Bushnell E X P A N D your birth expectations Global postpartum period The transformation brought on by birth and becoming a parent Dealing with isolation in 2020 The highs and lows of parenting The illusion of perfectionism Rites of passage and what they have to do with this moment in time Connect with Britta: Website: BrittaBushnell.com
Book: Transformed by Birth
How Knowing the History of Birth Can Help You Give Birth with Tina Cassidy
Tina Cassidy writes about women and culture. In addition to Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?: Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson and the Fight for the Right to Vote, she is the author of Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born; and Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams. A former journalist who spent most of her career at the Boston Globe covering business, fashion, and politics, she is the Chief Marketing Officer of WGBH. Cassidy serves on the board of The Conversation US. She lives in the Boston area with her husband, the author Anthony Flint, their three sons, and a Norfolk Terrier named Dusty.
What you'll hear in this episode: Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born book by Tina Cassidy Jackie After O book by Tina Cassidy Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?: Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote book by Tina Cassidy Issues with birth Cultural influences on birth Why birth is worse for women of color Women's rights Connect with Tina: Website: TinaCassidy.info
My Journey through IVF, Unfiltered with Brett Russo
Brett Russo was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated with a degree in business management from Bucknell University, where she also met her future husband. After graduation, Brett found her passion working beside her twin brother and father for her family’s printing company, of which she is now the chief executive officer. She married her husband in 2015, and together they fought the hardest battle of their lives with their journey through IVF. Brett lives in new jersey with her husband and their one-year-old son, who enjoys meatloaf and responding with “Nah” every time his mom asks for a kiss.
What you'll hear in this episode: The Underwear in My Shoe: My Journey Through IVF, Unfiltered by Brett Russo Creative expression is so healing The emotional rollercoaster of IVF It's not your fault Connect with Brett: Website: brett-russo.com
Birth Story Medicine with Pam England
Pam England is the Founder and Director of Birth Story Medicine. When I was a young nurse-midwife, certified but not yet initiated by the power of birth itself, I used to teach 'fantasy birth' classes. In labor, I had a profound awakening and vowed to tell the truth and to bring change to how women are prepared for birth. While on the cesarean operating table, I realized that the naive positivity and promises I believed (and taught) were the seed for my own rapidly manifesting emotional birth shock, trauma, and postpartum depression. I sought counseling from a midwife, cesarean support group, and therapist, but found only superficial listening. This prompted me to earn a Masters in Psychology /Counseling from Antioch University, with an emphasis on perinatal issues and group dynamics.
Eight years of searching for answers and self-acceptance had passed since my initiation through birth; after meeting many teachers and authors and participating in conferences and ceremonies, I had a second epiphany which made me laugh out loud: 'All this time I thought I had to heal my birth, but now I see my birth healed me.' Perhaps this was the pivotal moment I morphed from the seek to a wounded healer.
Thus began Pam's now three-decade-long devotion to the study of emotional birth trauma and the development of the Birth Story Medicine philosophy and process that has helped many find their way "home" to self-acceptance and self-compassion following their initiation through childbirth or birth work.
Following the publication of her best-selling book, Birthing From Within, Pam created a profound movement in multi-sensory, holistic, and mindful childbirth preparation and developed the concept of childbirth mentoring (versus teaching).
What you'll hear in this episode: The message "I'll never lie to another pregnant woman again." Stories we believe before birth Children recalling their birth Hypnobirthing The judgment of your birth story The surprise The seven gates Trauma comes from self-judgment Free birth story sessions available through Oct. 31, 2020 Connect with Pam: birthstorymedicine.com firstname.lastname@example.org YouTube Facebook Instagram
Sex After Baby with Debra Pascali-Bonaro
Debra Pascali-Bonaro is a world-renowned inspirational speaker, filmmaker, doula trainer, childbirth educator, and author. Debra’s latest book, an Amazon #1 New Release, The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Baby: Secrets to Love and Intimacy brings together her passion for pleasure in every aspect of life with her Jersey-Girl attitude of talking about what no one is talking about! Debra is a mother, grandmother, and featured expert in parenting journals and media around the world.
Debra Pascali-Bonaro is also Co-Chair of the International Childbirth Initiative and Chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative both of which promote safe, respectful childbirth maternity care. She is a Lamaze International childbirth educator, birth and postpartum doula trainer with DONA International, Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret, co-writer of “Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth” and the Founder & President of the revolutionary online childbirth class Pain to Power, which prepares expectant mothers, fathers, and partners to be positively prepared for birth and focuses on the intimate and sacred nature of birth. Debra’s passion comes from her over 30 years of working with women, men, midwives, doulas, physicians, and nurses in over 40 countries bringing comfort, love, and pleasure to birth and life!
What you'll hear in this episode: Orgasmic birth Honoring the body after birth Intimacy & sleep Nine pleasures The Fives Love Languages book Sex education Goop Lab: The Pleasure is Ours In the Flo book Online Class: Sex After Baby launches November 2020 Connect with Debra: Website: OrgasmicBirth.com
The Film: OrgasmicBirth.com
The Class: PaintoPowerChildbirth.com
Bali Retreats: EatPrayDoula.com
Think Beyond Birth with Stephanie Stamas PT, DPT, PRPC, ATC and Jessica Babich PT, DPT, CFMT
Stephanie and Jessica are both Doctors of Physical Therapy, Pelvic Floor Specialists, and the founders of the Chelsea Method, the first fourth-trimester rehabilitation program for moms. Passionate about raising the maternal standard of care, in August they launched a campaign called Think Beyond Birth with the mission of improving education, preparation, and care for the immediate postpartum mom.
What you’ll hear in this episode: – Think Beyond Birth campaign
– Postpartum care for moms in the US & how it’s lacking
– 4th Trimester Guidebook
– Helpful postures post-birth
– Mental, emotional, & social support post-birth
– How to return to intimacy
– Baby blues & seeking help
– Practical must-haves for recovery
– Perineum care
– Why new moms need rehab prior to jumping back into fitness
Connect with Stephanie or Jessica: ChelseaMethod.com