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Do you believe that birth is about more than just a healthy baby? Do you believe trauma could actually be our biggest teacher and conduit for personal and professional growth? Knowing how cope with vicarious trauma and develop sustainable self-care is a non negotiable for all birth workers. Join me, Doctor Erin Bowe, Clinical Perinatal Psychologist, as we uncover “who is helping the helper?”

Want to complete my online course? You can access the first lesson for FREE here: https://learn.doctorerin.com.au/pl/121948

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Do you believe that birth is about more than just a healthy baby? Do you believe trauma could actually be our biggest teacher and conduit for personal and professional growth? Knowing how cope with vicarious trauma and develop sustainable self-care is a non negotiable for all birth workers. Join me, Doctor Erin Bowe, Clinical Perinatal Psychologist, as we uncover “who is helping the helper?”

Want to complete my online course? You can access the first lesson for FREE here: https://learn.doctorerin.com.au/pl/121948

    Episode 34 Back to Basics Coping

    Episode 34 Back to Basics Coping

    I’ve been really mindful about what messages I want to put out about overwhelm and anxiety. Now is not the time for adding more stuff. A distressed brain cannot learn or retain new information well. That’s true for adults and kids.

    Instead, work towards meeting basic needs each day with constants. Things that your great, great, great granny would have done. Things that will stay constant so long as the earth turns.

    These are some my go to strategies, bringing in the elements:

    Earth - I put my bare feet on the ground. I garden. If that’s not possible try a sensory tub with sand, dried beans, salt or anything you can sink your hands into. Maybe you have a shell, pebbles, a feather, a leaf in your apartment somewhere? Make some connection to touching something from the earth each day.

    A lot of us will be struggling with unconscious inner child stuff at the moment. Out subconscious taking us back to times when we felt scared and uncertain. 
    Also consider that some of our reactions are not ours. Trauma is in your DNA from your ancestors. Those genes are being triggered right now. Scarcity, fear, anger. Some if those reactions are from your ancestors. Touching things from the earth will help with feeling alive and present to now.

    Fire - drink or eat something warm. Sit with a warm drink that you like and take a full minute or two to notice the warmth in your hands, watch the steam rise

    Water - drink, bath/shower or cry

    Wind - breath is the one coping constant so long as you are alive. Take one deep breath a day. Preferably more but pair it with something you already do - like every time you touch a door handle, take a deep breath

    + heart (yup a Captain Planet reference for all my 90s peeps) - have gratitude and compassion for yourself for simply getting through the day

    Focus on the constants - the sun will rise, and it will set. The wind, water and fire will continue to exist.

    The birds and bugs outside don’t know there’s a pandemic, they’re just going about their business. Watch them. If you can’t get outside watch some nature videos.

    Keep it so simple and so over achievable that there’s no room for failure.

    A glass of water with vitamins
    Finding 1 thing to be grateful for
    A deep breath

    That’s enough



    If you want 1:1 support for counselling or coaching, reach out :)

    I work with birthing people and birth workers 1:1. You can reach me @doctorerinbowe on instagram or dr.erinbowe@gmail.com

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    • 28 min
    Episode 33 My Experience of Breath Work with Theo2awakening

    Episode 33 My Experience of Breath Work with Theo2awakening

    A few weeks ago I went to a 2 day Breath work workshop with Theo2awakening. I share my personal and professional insights into this technique. There are SO many parallels with the psychophysiological techniques I've researched and used, and with hypnobirthing and just the altered consciousness state of birth itself. 

    you can also find the video of this podcast on my youTube channel https://youtu.be/3DFXt0x3WWg 

    I work with birthing people and birth workers 1:1. You can reach me @doctorerinbowe on instagram or dr.erinbowe@gmail.com

    don't forget, access to lesson 1 of birth trauma training for birthworkers the online course is Free!

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    • 31 min
    Episode 32 Top 10 Most Downloaded episodes of 2019

    Episode 32 Top 10 Most Downloaded episodes of 2019

    I run through the 10 most downloaded episodes of the birth trauma training for birthworkers podcast of 2019. 

    you can reach me @doctorerinbowe on instagram or dr.erinbowe@gmail.com

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    Episode 31 Privilege in Birth Work with Sabia Wade

    Episode 31 Privilege in Birth Work with Sabia Wade

    Could you even count on one hand the people in your life who are willing to challenge your ego and call you out on your desire to just stay comfortable in your life? To draw your attention to things that you take for granted? Who make a point of saying “ok here’s this thing you say you don’t agree with – what are you doing to put that belief into action?”

    My guest today began our interview by asking me lots of questions. Questions about the climate of racism in Australia and what’s happening in terms of activism for maternal mortality for marginalised groups, and it was clear that I really don’t know a lot. I don’t claim to know much, but it is really easy as a white woman who birthed in a private hospital in Australia to forget about my privilege and not have to think about these things too much. And that’s good to acknowledge because growth is not a comfortable process, and we don’t make changes by just appealing to each others’ egos, right?

    Sabia Wade is someone who can encourage us all to be less quiet about privilege in birth. Sabia is a Radical Doula, Educator, Coach, Reproductive Justice Advocate & the founder of For The Village and Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings. For The Village provides doula services to under served families in San Diego with an emphasis on marginalized groups, such as people of colour, LGBTQIA and low income families.

    So we start our conversation with me referencing the so-called flora and fauna act. I was under the impression that up until the 1967 referendum, aboriginal people in Australia were classified as animals rather than human beings. In researching this topic, it may appear that this is inaccurate information. As in, the idea of Aboriginal people being classified as fauna was not part of a formal act, but refers to a speech in the seventies given by Aboriginal filmmaker Lester Bostock.

    However, can we sit in collective agreement that historically, and currently, Aboriginal people have indeed been treated like animals.

    Sabia and I have a cross-cultural chat about birth and privilege and then we end up with a conversation about koalas and chlamydia. You’ll love it.

    You can find Sabia at www.theblackdoula.com and on Instagram @theblackdoula

    You are more powerful than you know. If birth workers and the people they serve remember that they are powerful, then we will change the world.

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    • 48 min
    Episode 30 Coercion, Mental Health & Racism in Birth with Dr Sayida Peprah

    Episode 30 Coercion, Mental Health & Racism in Birth with Dr Sayida Peprah

    Every time I post about maternal and infant mortality that’s happening for black birthing people and families I’m often met with some version of some passive aggressive response. I get DMs from people saying “but this isn’t happening in Australia”, or “maternal mortality rates have improved” or “you’re scaring people by sharing these really peripheral stories”.
    Guess what? I’m not here to make you feel comfortable. We have a genuine health crisis that’s occurring on a global level. Get out of your frickin bubble – particularly if you are a white, cis gendered woman sending me these messages. I don’t share these stories to tick a box, or for some sort of gold star – I share them because I give a s**t. The fact that black women are up to five times more likely to die in birth then white women is a phenomenal health crisis.
    I’m not an expert. There is a LOT about birth and trauma that I don’t know and I’m not shy to admit that. I’m sure this comes across in many of the interviews I’ve conducted on this podcast! But do you what’s a really easy thing to do – is reach and have a conversation. Actively choose to have conversations with people who aren’t in your bubble.
    Dr Sayida Peprah is one of those beautiful people I reached out to. Like me, she is a Clinical Psychologist. She’s also a doula and the founder and lead trainer of Diversity Uplifts. Part of her work is training people to see their implicit bias and working towards compassion rather than fear mongering and coercion.
    In this episode we chat about language in the birth space and this phrase “no time for…” I’m sure you’ve heard it. There’s an emergency situation in a birth and people will insist that there’s no time for niceties.
    And yet, as Psychologists, we are defying this myth every day. A Psychologist’s job, in part, is to navigate emergencies – talking people down from suicide or homicide. Hostage situations where people have a knife, a gun or a bomb. We manage to be calm and care for people with a quiet voice. We don’t rush, yell at people, talk down to them or ignore them. We make a human connection. We help people feel seen, heard and safe.
    If our child is hurt, we explain what is happening, we reassure them that they are seen and heard and acknowledge their fears and pain. These are skills I want translated into the birth space.
    You can find Dr Peprah at www. Drsayidauplifts.org and on Instagram @drsayida
    You are more powerful than you know. If birth workers and the people they serve remember that they are powerful, then we will change the world.
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    Episode 29 Integrating Magic & Medicine With Dr Danielle Arabena

    Episode 29 Integrating Magic & Medicine With Dr Danielle Arabena

    There is magic and medicine in story telling and my guest today is one of the best at all three of those things.

    Dr Danielle Arabena is an Indigenous doctor, healer, witch, and a doula. She is a shamanic healer, a holistic pelvic care practitioner, and an all round witty and wonderful witchy woman.

    She is a keeper of the crossroads between magic and medicine, and how these things can coexist. For any science or health practitioner who is wu-wu curious, comes from a diverse cultural background, or is simply feeling they hide to their spirituality and culture,  Danielle is your go to.

    She has stood on a stage at medical conferences speaking about astral travel and no one set her on fire or tried to drown her.

    Danielle is a kindred spirit in that she, like me, has earned degrees in part to prove a point. To have people take us and our healing gifts seriously. It’s not been an easy ride by any means, but Danielle has found ways to heal in a way that feels authentic and aligned.

    Danielle and I talk about birth as a sacred practice and her ability to feel the energy between the two worlds. We talk about trauma in the context of the erasure of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and ways in which we can make space for Indigenous families to feel safe and supported.

    You are more powerful than you know. If birth workers and the people they serve remember that they are powerful, then we will change the world.

    Resources

    To watch this episode on YouTube 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGD3z4RMsdg

    Birth Trauma Training for Birth Workers

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    Dr Danielle Arabena https://www.drdaniellearabena.com/and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drdaniellearabena/?hl=en

    • 1 hr 7 min

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