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Radical, empowering, transformative Birthwork in all of its nuances.

Birth Bruja Podcast Eri Guajardo Johnson

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Radical, empowering, transformative Birthwork in all of its nuances.

    Ep 19: A Survivor’s Story: Hospital Birth, Supporting Survivors Who Birth Series, Pt 4

    Ep 19: A Survivor’s Story: Hospital Birth, Supporting Survivors Who Birth Series, Pt 4

    You are listening to episode 19, part 4 of the Supporting Survivors Who Birth Series- A dive into the intersections of sexual violence and birthwork and what we can do to best be of support for survivors.

    In this episode, we speak with birthworker, single mother, and sexual assault survivor advocate Melissa Lucchesi, for powerful story telling of her hospital birth experience as a survivor of sexual assault. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to stop this episode and listen to the first two parts of this series so that you can listen with a strengthened ability to recognize the aspects of survivorship that surface throughout this birth story.

    Interested in learning more about supporting survivors? This series is in celebration of my upcoming training through Cornerstone Doula Trainings in December 2019 called Supporting Survivors Who Birth. It’s a 4hr online intensive with an anti-oppression based exploration into the intersections of sexual violence and birthwork.

    In this training you will...
    *Deepen your understanding of the workings & impact of sexual violence
    *Unveil the ways in which trauma can manifest for survivors through birth, pregnancy, & postpartum
    *Embody these practices through role playing to FEEL what it can be like to provide support in the moment
    *Identify and strengthen your abilities to best be of support

    The first two parts of this series are a sneak peak into the training- go to BirthBruja.com to see a detailed description of what the course will cover.

    One final note before we begin- as with any topics related to trauma, please take gentle care of yourself. Press pause to take breaks, call to debrief with a friend, or spend some time moving your body to help process and integrate what you’ve heard.

    The music you heard in today’s show is entitled “ Quiet,’ by Milck. Deep gratitude to Melissa Lucchesi for joining me in today’s episode and to We Rise \ Productions for assistance in production.

    Go to BirthBruja.com to learn about upcoming trainings, mentorship circles, and more. Follow me on social media @birthbruja to continue the conversation.

    • 38 min
    Ep 18: A Survivor’s Story: Home Birth & Birth Center, Supporting Survivors Who Birth Series, Pt 3

    Ep 18: A Survivor’s Story: Home Birth & Birth Center, Supporting Survivors Who Birth Series, Pt 3

    You are listening to episode 18, part 3 of the Supporting Survivors Who Birth Series- A dive into the intersections of sexual violence and birthwork and what we can do to best be of support for survivors.

    In this episode, we once again speak with somatic coach, rape crisis counselor, and birthing person, Tabitha Thomas, for candid story telling of her two birth experiences as a survivor of childhood sexual assault. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to stop this episode and listen to the first two parts of this series so that you can listen to this story with a strengthened ability to recognize the aspects of survivorship that surface in an otherwise common experience of birth and postpartum.

    Interested in learning more about supporting survivors? This series is in celebration of my upcoming training through Cornerstone Doula Trainings in December 2019 called Supporting Survivors Who Birth. It’s a 4hr online intensive with an anti-oppression based exploration into the intersections of sexual violence and birthwork.

    In this training you will...
    *Deepen your understanding of the workings & impact of sexual violence
    *Unveil the ways in which trauma can manifest for survivors through birth, pregnancy, & postpartum
    *Embody these practices through role playing to FEEL what it can be like to provide support in the moment
    *Identify and strengthen your abilities to best be of support

    The first two parts of this series are a sneak peak into the training- go to birthbruja.com to see a detailed description of what the course will cover.

    The music you heard in today’s show is entitled “ Warrior,’ by Demi Lovato. Deep gratitude to Tabitha Thomas for joining me in today’s episode and to We Rise Cultural Productions for assistance in production.

    Go to BirthBruja.com to learn about upcoming trainings, mentorship circles, and more. Follow me on social media @birthbruja to continue the conversation.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 17: A Step-by-Step Birthworker's Guide, Supporting Survivors Who Birth Series, Pt. 2

    Ep. 17: A Step-by-Step Birthworker's Guide, Supporting Survivors Who Birth Series, Pt. 2

    You are listening to episode 17, part 2 of the Supporting Survivors Who Birth Series- A dive into the intersections of sexual violence and birthwork and what we can do to best be of support for survivors.

    As some of you may know, I am a rape crisis peer counselor and a birthworker that specializes in supporting survivors through the birth experience.

    In this episode, I offer a step-by-step breakdown of some of the primary ways in which I offer support to birthing survivors. This is a sneak peak into my upcoming training through Cornerstone Doula Trainings in December 2019 called Supporting Survivors Who Birth. It’s a 4hr online intensive with an anti-oppression based exploration into the intersections of sexual violence and birthwork.

    In this training you will...
    *Deepen your understanding of the workings & impact of sexual violence
    *Unveil the ways in which trauma can manifest for survivors through birth, pregnancy, & postpartum
    *Embody these practices through role playing to FEEL what it can be like to provide support in the moment
    *Identify and strengthen your abilities to best be of support

    The first two parts of this series are a sneak peak into the training- go to birthbruja.com to see a detailed description of what the course will cover.

    One final note on sound quality before we begin- I had family visiting and had to record atop our bed. As such, you’ll occasionally hear sounds of a rustling weiner dog’s collar along with whooshing sounds of her moving to cooler spots on the bed. #MomLIfe

    The music you heard in today’s show is entitled “Healer,’ by Sampa the Great. Deep gratitude to We Rise Production for assistance in production.

    Go to birthbruja.com to learn about upcoming trainings, mentorship circles, and more. Follow me on social media @birthbruja to continue the conversation.

    • 49 min
    Ep 16: Understanding Sexual Violence 101, Supporting Survivors Who Birth Series, Pt 1

    Ep 16: Understanding Sexual Violence 101, Supporting Survivors Who Birth Series, Pt 1

    You are listening to episode 16, part 1 of the Supporting Survivors Who Birth Series- A dive into the intersections of sexual violence and birthwork and what we can do to best be of support for survivors.

    In this episode, we speak with social justice advocate, somatic coach, & rape crisis counselor, Tabitha Thomas, for an indepth exploration into the prevelence of sexual violence, common barriers survivors may face in in reporting & seeking support, what healing from sexual violence can look like, and what we can do to best be of support when someone discloses their survivorship.

    This series is near and dear to my heart as I’ve been a rape crisis peer counselor with San Francisco Women Against Rape for over a decade and as a birthworker, specialize in supporting survivors through the birth experience. I’m launching this series in celebration of my upcoming training through Cornerstone Doula Trainings in December 2019 called Supporting Survivors Who Birth. It’s a 4hr online intensive with an anti-oppression based exploration into the intersections of sexual violence and birthwork.

    In this training you will...
    *Deepen your understanding of the workings & impact of sexual violence
    *Unveil the ways in which trauma can manifest for survivors through birth, pregnancy, & postpartum
    *Embody these practices through role playing to FEEL what it can be like to provide support in the moment
    *Identify and strengthen your abilities to best be of support

    The first two parts of this series are a sneak peak into the training- go to birthbruja.com to see a detailed description of what the course will cover.

    One final note before we begin- as with any topics related to trauma, please take gentle care of yourself. Press pause to take breaks, call to debrief with a friend, or spend some time moving your body to help process and integrate what you’ve heard.

    The music you heard on today’s show is entitled “Healer,’ by Sampa the Great. Deep gratitude to Tabitha Thomas for joining me in today’s episode and to We Rise Production for assistance in production.

    Go to birthbruja.com to learn about upcoming trainings, mentorship circles, and more. Follow me on social media @birthbruja to continue the conversation.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 15: Black American Midwifery and Liberation Struggle, Bookworm Series, Pt. 3

    Ep. 15: Black American Midwifery and Liberation Struggle, Bookworm Series, Pt. 3

    You are listening to episode 15, part 3 of the Bookworm Series: Where we are reading chapters from Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy & Childbirth. Edited by Julia Chinyere Oparah & Alicia D. Bonaparte.

    In this episode, we explore “Birthing Freedom: Black American Midwifery and Liberation Struggles” written by Ruth Hays.

    This powerful chapter traces the history of black midwives in slavery, after emancipation, and during contemporary times. Hays explains that by reviving these community-building practices, black birthing women can benefit in a myriad of ways.

    There are SO MANY incredible chapters in this book! I struggled deciding which chapters to feature in this series considering there are so many that are noteworthy. If you are wanting to dive into this book with the support and accountability of a community to back you up- join me and Tabitha Thomas, a bi-racial politicized healer & somatic coach as we launch the first session of the Birth Bruja BookClub. Starting in September 2019, we will join with folks across the country to dive into the featured book of this series- Birthing Justice. Go to BirthBruja.com to learn more.

    Without further delay…let’s dive back in..

    Music: “Lullaby’ by Tasha

    Follow @BirthBruja on Instagram and Facebook to continue the conversation 3

    • 35 min
    Ep. 14: Birthing Sexual Freedom and Healing: A Survivor Mother's Birth Story, Bookworm Series, Pt. 2

    Ep. 14: Birthing Sexual Freedom and Healing: A Survivor Mother's Birth Story, Bookworm Series, Pt. 2

    You are listening to episode 14, part 2 of the Bookworm Series: Where we are reading chapters from Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy & Childbirth. Edited by Julia Chinyere Oparah & Alicia D. Bonaparte.

    In this episode, we cover two chapters- the first is” Birthing Sexual Freedom and Healing: A Survivor Mother’s Birth Story” written by Biany Perez and the second is “A Love Letter to my Daughter: Love as a Political Act” Written by Haile Eshe Cole.

    One of the reasons why I love this book is because it includes various writing styles and perspectives that center the subject of placing black women’s voices at the center of the birth justice conversation. These two chapters are written in first person- thus, it is written as if the authors were speaking directly to us.

    This book- and especially these two chapters- moved me deeply to continue pondering my own role in fighting systemic racism and uplifting the voices of black women in this work.

    To create a place in which folks can gather and dive into such questions- I have joined up with Tabitha Thomas, a bi-racial politicized healer & somatic coach to launch the first session of the Birth Bruja BookClub. Starting in September 2019, we will join with folks across the country to dive into the featured book of this series- Birthing Justice. Go to BirthBruja.com to learn more.

    Without further delay…let’s dive back in..

    Music: “Lullaby’ by Tasha

    Follow @BirthBruja on Instagram and Facebook to continue the conversation 3

    • 37 min

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As a birth worker navigating the patriarchy and systems of oppression in supporting birthing people is challenging, frustrating and often defeating. Birth Bruja beautifully addresses the issues surrounding folks who have many intersections of marginalized identities and ways to find a connect with healing for ourselves and how to hold space for the healing of others in this work. More please!

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