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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?”

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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? It's now more affordable than ever https://www.udemy.com/course/birth-trauma-training-for-birth-workers/?referralCode=ABA1D879884EBBF44BA4

    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

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    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

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

    Follow Hawk: @hawk.newsome

    Follow Chevona: @newyorkvonni

    I work with birthing people and birth workers. I do a mix of counselling, coaching, supervision and of course I have two birth trauma courses.

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

    Birth trauma training for birth workers the online course now has close to 600 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/

    • 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
    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

    Birth trauma training for birthworkers the online course is now more accessible than ever! Over 350 birth workers have snapped it up for less than $14.00AU! 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 

    • 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

    Birth trauma training for birthworkers the online course is now more accessible than ever! Over 350 birth workers have snapped it up for less than $14.00AU! 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

    • 31 min

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