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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, Dr Erin Bowe, Clinical Perinatal & Author of More than a Healthy Baby, as we uncover “who is helping the helper?”

Birth trauma training: https://www.udemy.com/course/birth-trauma-training-for-birth-workers/?referralCode=ABA1D879884EBBF44BA4

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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, Dr Erin Bowe, Clinical Perinatal & Author of More than a Healthy Baby, as we uncover “who is helping the helper?”

Birth trauma training: https://www.udemy.com/course/birth-trauma-training-for-birth-workers/?referralCode=ABA1D879884EBBF44BA4

    HIGHLIGHTS of Remembering Amber Rose Isaac with Bruce McIntyre - conversations about racism in maternal health

    HIGHLIGHTS of Remembering Amber Rose Isaac with Bruce McIntyre - conversations about racism in maternal health

    *note* this is a very condensed version of my conversation with Bruce for those with short attention spans. It's an edited down version of a video so it will sound a little choppy. It's better viewed as a video - you can watch in both short https://youtu.be/iX0tSWeYdkU and long form on my Youtube channel https://youtu.be/XpkjS1AER4Q 

    It was really important to me to have this conversation with my guest today. I’ve interviewed him as part of my second book I’m writing – parents of the pandemic but it also just made so much sense to turn our conversation into a podcast

    Some of you may remember the story of Amber Rose Isaac. A beautiful soul who died a really unnecessary death. Amber had HELLP syndrome which results in low platelet counts which is treatable, except Amber was continually ignored. She knew her body. She knew she didn’t feel right and yet she kept being dismissed and ignored. It wasn’t until she decided she’d switch to a midwife and homebirth model that they discovered how high risk she was. Doctors were signing off on her bloodwork and yet by the time she went to be induced her blood was like water. Induction resulted in an emergency c-section.

    Instead of being with her partner Bruce and her mum, she bled out in a hospital room alone. She didn’t even get to met her baby boy, Elias. I just don’t believe it wouldn’t have happened if she were white.

    In my first book, more than a healthy baby I talk about how in the Bronx in New York City black women are 12 times more likely to die than white women. Not just statistics. I don’t want us to forget and just say “oh well, that’s sad” I want things to change. This is in 2021, not 1821.

    Since I first her of her story, it has haunted me. Maybe it’s because like me, Amber had a psychology degree and was getting her masters. Maybe it’s because my parents are Glaswegian and Amber’s partner Bruce McIntyre has one of the most Scottish sounding names you can have.

    Maybe because I know a little of what it’s like to lie on a hospital bed, terrified while knowing I was losing a lot of blood.

    3 days before she died Amber tweeted about how she wanted to write a tell all book about the negligence. Her partner Bruce has channelled his grief into activism. It was such an honour to be able to speak with him. This episode is a little longer. It is a beautiful love story with such a tragic ending.

    As you listen to Bruce and Amber’s story – I ask you to channel your sadness and anger into action. Go to the Save a Rose foundation

    @savearosefoundation

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/JusticeForAmberRoseIsaac?member=5876644&rcid=21691913083746949a8aff83d145f184&sharetype=teams&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&utm_medium=sms&utm_source=customer

    More than a healthy baby: Finding strength & Growth After Birth Trauma

    https://doctorerin.com.au/more-than-a-healthy-baby-birth-trauma-book/

    Join over 1500 people in my Birth Trauma Training for Birth Workers

    https://www.udemy.com/course/birth-trauma-training-for-birth-workers/?referralCode=ABA1D879884EBBF44BA4

    There’s also my Supporting Birth Partners After birth Trauma masterclass

    https://www.udemy.com/course/supporting-partners-after-birth-trauma/?referralCode=507DAEDCAA7E7449E5FA

    • 14 min
    Remembering Amber Rose Isaac with Bruce McIntyre - conversations about racism in maternal health (FULL INTERVIEW)

    Remembering Amber Rose Isaac with Bruce McIntyre - conversations about racism in maternal health (FULL INTERVIEW)

    *note* both the full version of this interview & a 15 minute highlights reel can be found on YouTube & wherever you listen to podcasts

    It was really important to me to have this conversation with my guest today. I’ve interviewed him as part of my second book I’m writing – parents of the pandemic but it also just made so much sense to turn our conversation into a podcast

    Some of you may remember the story of Amber Rose Isaac. A beautiful soul who died a really unnecessary death. Amber had HELLP syndrome which results in low platelet counts which is treatable, except Amber was continually ignored. She knew her body. She knew she didn’t feel right and yet she kept being dismissed and ignored. It wasn’t until she decided she’d switch to a midwife and homebirth model that they discovered how high risk she was. Doctors were signing off on her bloodwork and yet by the time she went to be induced her blood was like water. Induction resulted in an emergency c-section.

    Instead of being with her partner Bruce and her mum, she bled out in a hospital room alone. She didn’t even get to met her baby boy, Elias. I just don’t believe it wouldn’t have happened if she were white.

    In my first book, more than a healthy baby I talk about how in the Bronx in New York City black women are 12 times more likely to die than white women. Not just statistics. I don’t want us to forget and just say “oh well, that’s sad” I want things to change. This is in 2021, not 1821.

    Since I first her of her story, it has haunted me. Maybe it’s because like me, Amber had a psychology degree and was getting her masters. Maybe it’s because my parents are Glaswegian and Amber’s partner Bruce McIntyre has one of the most Scottish sounding names you can have.

    Maybe because I know a little of what it’s like to lie on a hospital bed, terrified while knowing I was losing a lot of blood.

    3 days before she died Amber tweeted about how she wanted to write a tell all book about the negligence. Her partner Bruce has channelled his grief into activism. It was such an honour to be able to speak with him. This episode is a little longer. It is a beautiful love story with such a tragic ending.

    As you listen to Bruce and Amber’s story – I ask you to channel your sadness and anger into action. Go to the Save a Rose foundation

    @savearosefoundation

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/JusticeForAmberRoseIsaac?member=5876644&rcid=21691913083746949a8aff83d145f184&sharetype=teams&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&utm_medium=sms&utm_source=customer

    More than a healthy baby: Finding strength & Growth After Birth Trauma

    https://doctorerin.com.au/more-than-a-healthy-baby-birth-trauma-book/

    Join over 1500 people in my Birth Trauma Training for Birth Workers

    https://www.udemy.com/course/birth-trauma-training-for-birth-workers/?referralCode=ABA1D879884EBBF44BA4

    There’s also my Supporting Birth Partners After birth Trauma masterclass

    https://www.udemy.com/course/supporting-partners-after-birth-trauma/?referralCode=507DAEDCAA7E7449E5FA

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Episode 38: Parenting through Birth Trauma with Mama Manon Depre

    Episode 38: Parenting through Birth Trauma with Mama Manon Depre

    The interview with my guest today took about a year to coordinate! This happens a lot on this podcast because babies get born, we get sick, there’s the whole parenting and home schooling in a pandemic thing. There are times when I feel like I can barely run a bath let alone run a podcast, so if you’re feeling frazzled, know you are not alone!   If you are interested in trauma informed parenting, then you may have heard of the lovely Mama Manon.   No matter how much we cognitively know how we want to parent our kids, and we read books, and we take courses, we still get triggered. We still struggle with feeling resentment, rage, numbness and depletion. As a parent, I personally find Manon’s videos and resources so helpful.  When she posted a video last year about using somatic experiencing with her own traumatic birth, I knew we would get on like a house on fire. Self-compassion for our traumas is something we are all working on.   Manon has a voice that makes you feel like you’re being wrapped in a warm blanket. She combines Aware Parenting and somatic experiencing to offer deep, gentle and empowering support. She chats to me today about her birth, her healing and growth and the lessons that come with working alongside your child in that process.   

    Manon offers 1-1 sessions online and in person. She also has online programs and workshops all around Australia. You can find her at https://mamamanon.com/

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

    Birth trauma training for birth workers the online course now has close to 700 enrolments. 

    https://www.udemy.com/course/birth-trauma-training-for-birth-workers/?referralCode=ABA1D879884EBBF44BA4

    My other course, More Than a Healthy Baby: How to Cope With Birth Trauma is perfect for people who are navigating their own trauma. It’s an a la carte menu of some of my best tools and strategies. It’s not a replacement for therapy but it’s a starting point. Again, it’s under $100 (usually way less).

    https://www.udemy.com/course/more-than-a-healthy-baby-how-to-cope-with-birth-trauma/?referralCode=092FFCAF4E5C01984978

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 37: The Embodiment of Trauma with Erin Underwood

    Episode 37: The Embodiment of Trauma with Erin Underwood

    Erin Underwood is a movement therapist from Oregon that specializes in prenatal and postnatal health. She is passionate about education around pelvic floor and core strength and function. She has studied extensively and certified and trained with the top minds in the country connected to pelvic floor and core wellness. She currently is focusing on her local community by serving through workshops to the prenatal and postnatal community as well as local birth workers, providing them with the most up to date science broken down into practical and helpful tools. She also has four beautiful boys and, post deliveries, has personally healed from a grade 2 uterine and grade 2 rectocele prolapses and a four finger Diastasis Recti using all the tools she teaches in her movement therapy, which further fuels her passion for seeing women fully functional and getting all the information necessary to heal.

    Erin Underwood: https://www.erinunderwoodmovement.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erinunderwoodmovement

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erinunderwoodmovement/

    Free Workout Videos for Upper Body and Back Care: https://www.erinunderwoodmovement.com/pl/142602

    Psoas Release Video: https://youtu.be/dMsYwy1Uolo

    Pelvic Floor and Core 4 Week Class Online Series: https://www.erinunderwoodmovement.com/core-pelvic-class-lf-standard

    Thriving Birth Worker Movement Method: https://www.erinunderwoodmovement.com/pl/125595

    Thriving Birth Worker Podcast: https://www.erinunderwoodmovement.com/blog?tag=podcast

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

    Birth trauma training for birth workers the online course now has over 670 enrolments. Most people who have never bought a course on Udemy before are able to snap it up for $14 or less. 

    https://www.udemy.com/course/birth-trauma-training-for-birth-workers/?referralCode=ABA1D879884EBBF44BA4

    My other course, More Than a Healthy Baby: How to Cope With Birth Trauma is perfect for people who are navigating their own trauma. It’s an a la carte menu of some of my best tools and strategies. It’s not a replacement for therapy but it’s a starting point. Again, it’s under $100 (usually way less).

    https://www.udemy.com/course/more-than-a-healthy-baby-how-to-cope-with-birth-trauma/?referralCode=092FFCAF4E5C01984978

    • 56 min
    Episode 36 Black Lives Matter in Birth With Hawk & Chivon Newsome

    Episode 36 Black Lives Matter in Birth With Hawk & Chivon Newsome

    How we birth is a political statement. Birth trauma is a political issue because it’s a human rights issue.

    Imagine you’re pregnant and with kids and you’re sending your partner out for food or nappies and wondering if they’re going to be harassed, arrested or shot at?

    Imagine going to the hospital to birth your baby and being told that your pain isn’t real? That you’re being too dramatic, that your health problems are your own fault. Imagine wondering if you’re even going to make it out of the hospital alive to see your family again?

    In order to even begin to work on trauma, we need mothers to be alive

    Black women are three to four times more likely to die in birth than white women.

    Again, we’re not talking about the third world here. This is current daily life in New York City, and some stats are indicating that for new York, black women are even 12 times more likely to die than white women. This is in the Bronx, where my guests today grew up and are doing lifechanging humanitarian leadership on the ground. Brother and sister goals – the amazing Hawk and Chivona Newsome from Black Lives Matter New York chapter took time out to speak with me. We had a chat in the car while they were on their way back from delivering food to over 200 people. The Bronx is the global epicentre for covid-19. Hawk, Chivona and their team work and work and work so that people can have access to proper food, healthcare, housing and an end to oppression. I could see the see the exhaustion on their faces, and yet there’s a fire in there that can felt from oceans and oceans away.

    Their parents met at a civil rights rally in the 1960’s, so you can say that they were born into this fight. They have both pledged their lives to bringing justice to this unjust system. If you can donate to the people’s food program, please do. 

    https://au.gofundme.com/f/PEOPLES-FOOD-PROGRAM

    Donate to Save a Rose foundation, set up by Bruce, partner of Amber Rose Isaac to raise awareness of the disparities in the maternal mortality rate amongst women of colour. 

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/25fr1s6epc?member=5876644&rcid=21691913083746949a8aff83d145f184&sharetype=teams&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&utm_medium=sms&utm_source=customer

    You can watch the video version of the podcast on my IGTV @doctorerinbowe or on YouTube

    Follow Hawk: @hawk.newsome

    Follow Chevona: @newyorkvonni

    You can reach me @doctorerinbowe on instagram or www.doctorerin.com.au

    Birth trauma training for birth workers the online course now has over 1400 students from 36 countries and 12 languages.   https://www.udemy.com/course/birth-trauma-training-for-birth-workers/?referralCode=ABA1D879884EBBF44BA4

    My other course, More Than a Healthy Baby: How to Cope With Birth Trauma is perfect for parents and birth workers who are navigating their own trauma. It’s an a la carte menu of some of my best tools and strategies. It’s not a replacement for therapy but it’s a starting point. 

    https://www.udemy.com/course/more-than-a-healthy-baby-how-to-cope-with-birth-trauma/?referralCode=092FFCAF4E5C01984978

    Udemy also supports affiliates. This means that if you qualify, you can use a unique code for either of my courses to add to your website, socials or to give clients and you will receive a percentage of the course fee. It’s free to register, it’s just a bit of work to get yourself signed up https://www.udemy.com/affiliate/

    • 37 min
    Episode 35 Midwives Rising #6: Researching Birth Trauma with Kristy Watson

    Episode 35 Midwives Rising #6: Researching Birth Trauma with Kristy Watson

    Let’s talk about flashbacks. When I saw midwife Kristy Watson’s ad for birth trauma research popping up on my social media feed I instantly had a flashbulb memory of being 20 and knee deep in my honours year of research. Truthfully, my memories of my honours year was that it was one of the most difficult years of my life. I was ever aware that I probably didn’t really deserve to be there. My year was a bigger intake than normal. The anxiety levels and competitiveness were high. Online research was not really viewed favourably back then, so I really felt like I was scraping together whatever research participants I could find for my project on PTSD. I did a comparison of people who were injured during trauma versus people who were not injured and found that people who sustained a physical injury had more severe PTSD symptoms. Most of those research participants were my friends and that research never saw the light of day!

    So, fast forward to seeing a mum who is trying to get participants in an area I’m super passionate about, and she’s a midwife who is juggling all of this with covid-19, home schooling and 3 kids. Of course I felt pulled to help her. And, after listening to Kristy’s passion, I’m sure that anyone who can help her will want to do what they can. Ultimately, research is what leads to policies. Policies is what leads to organizations being convinced to spend money and make changes. If you can help a sister out, this could actually lead to phenomenal changes in birth trauma research.

    Participant criteria:

    Live in Victoria and have had a vaginal birth that was traumatic between August 2018 -August 2020 (roughly)

    You can get in touch with Kristy at: kbar0026@student.monash.edu 

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

    I support birthing people and birth workers in a range of ways. I do 1:1 work, supervision and mentoring, and I have a couple of online courses. 

    Birth trauma training for birth workers the online course now has over 500 enrolments. Most people who are new to Udemy have snapped it up for $14 or less. The price fluctuates according to sales the platform is running, but rest assured it will remain under $99 for the foreseeable future. https://www.udemy.com/course/birth-trauma-training-for-birth-workers/?referralCode=ABA1D879884EBBF44BA4 

    My other course, More Than a Healthy Baby: How to Cope With Birth Trauma is perfect for parents and birth workers who are navigating their own trauma. It’s an a la carte menu of some of my best tools and strategies. It’s not a replacement for therapy but it’s a starting point. Again, it’s under $100 (usually way less). 

    https://www.udemy.com/course/more-than-a-healthy-baby-how-to-cope-with-birth-trauma/?referralCode=092FFCAF4E5C01984978 

    Udemy also supports affiliates. This means that if you qualify, you can use a unique code for either of my courses to add to your website, socials or to give clients and you will receive a percentage of the course fee. It’s free to register, it’s just a bit of work to get yourself signed up https://www.udemy.com/affiliate/

    • 35 min

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