19 episodes

Birth trauma is the dark and sometimes scary side of pregnancy & postpartum that no one wants to talk about. But, we're here to change that! I'm Kayleigh, a licensed therapist and birth trauma survivor, determined to bring birth trauma out of the shadows and into the light. When we talk about birth trauma, we take away its power and leave space for healing. Your birth trauma does not need to “happen for a reason." Birth trauma sucks and it’s okay to admit that. Join us as we navigate what it means to heal from birth trauma. You’ll hear from experts in the field as well as others who have experienced birth trauma. Storytelling and education are keys to raising awareness and better understanding how we heal trauma. We don’t do toxic positivity in this space, but you’ll definitely hear some dark humor. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry, but, most importantly, you’ll learn that you’re not alone and that healing is possible. Birth trauma is bullish*it, but your healing is not.

The Birth Trauma Mama Podcast Kayleigh Summers

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 39 Ratings

Birth trauma is the dark and sometimes scary side of pregnancy & postpartum that no one wants to talk about. But, we're here to change that! I'm Kayleigh, a licensed therapist and birth trauma survivor, determined to bring birth trauma out of the shadows and into the light. When we talk about birth trauma, we take away its power and leave space for healing. Your birth trauma does not need to “happen for a reason." Birth trauma sucks and it’s okay to admit that. Join us as we navigate what it means to heal from birth trauma. You’ll hear from experts in the field as well as others who have experienced birth trauma. Storytelling and education are keys to raising awareness and better understanding how we heal trauma. We don’t do toxic positivity in this space, but you’ll definitely hear some dark humor. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry, but, most importantly, you’ll learn that you’re not alone and that healing is possible. Birth trauma is bullish*it, but your healing is not.

    Pelvic Floor PT After Birth Trauma: How Can It Help?

    Pelvic Floor PT After Birth Trauma: How Can It Help?

    We’re talking all things pelvic floor physical therapy and birth trauma with Jessica London, PT, DPT.

     In this episode we  cover topics including:
    - Vaginal v. c-section birth recovery
    - Scar tissue mobilization and scar desensitization
    - The lack of information on pelvic floor PT
    - The impact of both physical and psychological trauma on the body
    - Struggles with sexual intimacy after birth trauma

    You can find Jessica at @yourpostpartumpt

    For more birth trauma content and a community full of love and support, head to my Instagram at @birthtrauma_mama.

    Learn more about the support and services I offer through The Birth Trauma Mama Therapy & Support Services.

    • 26 min
    Shelby's Story: Hemorrhage & Hysterectomy

    Shelby's Story: Hemorrhage & Hysterectomy

    On this week’s episode I sit down to connect with the lovely @shelbyadrift as she shares her own story of birth trauma with us. Shelby vulnerably shares the experience of her birth center to hospital transfer and the life-threatening events that followed. Shelby’s story is chock full of heartache and pain, but also hope and resilience. 
    *Shelby’s episode discusses details related to SA, emergency hysterectomy and provider abuse. 

    You can find Shelby on Instagram at @shelbyadrift

    For more birth trauma content and a community full of love and support, head to my Instagram at @birthtrauma_mama.

    Learn more about the support and services I offer through The Birth Trauma Mama Therapy & Support Services.

    • 33 min
    Provider Trauma: The Impact On Birth Trauma

    Provider Trauma: The Impact On Birth Trauma

    Krysta Dancy, licensed trauma therapist, birth doula, provider educator, and owner of Dancy Perinatal, joins me to discuss the role provider trauma can play in birth trauma, and how treatment and education for providers can have a massive impact on birth trauma. When we provide treatment and support for those who provide the care, we create a trickle-down effect that positively impacts the birth environment and can reduce the risk of birth trauma.

    Krysta's perinatal therapy practice is Dancy Perinatal
    Click to learn more about their Critical Incident Support Program
    Find Krysta on social media at @learnabouttrauma and @dancyperinatalcounseling

    For more birth trauma content and a community full of love and support, head to my Instagram at @birthtrauma_mama.

    Learn more about the support and services I offer through The Birth Trauma Mama Therapy & Support Services.

    • 51 min
    Trauma Informed Care: A Preventative Measure

    Trauma Informed Care: A Preventative Measure

    Join me as I discuss all things trauma-informed care with perinatal clinical psychologist, Dr. Jenna Brough. Jenna shares her own story of miscarriage and the lack of trauma-informed care that followed.

    We touch on its importance as a care model, not only for those already traumatized but also as a preventative effort. Individual support after birth trauma is integral to healing, but with 45% reporting their birth as traumatic, we're in a crisis. We need to look at preventative care, which comes from a systemic approach. 

    You can find Jenna on Instagram @tribepsychology

    For more birth trauma content and a community full of love and support, head to my Instagram at @birthtrauma_mama.

    Learn more about the support and services I offer through The Birth Trauma Mama Therapy & Support Services.

    • 37 min
    EMDR & Birth Trauma with Dr. Pria Alpern

    EMDR & Birth Trauma with Dr. Pria Alpern

    Join us as I sit down with Pria Alpern, PhD a trauma specialist and EMDR-certified clinician and consultant, to discuss all things EMDR and birth trauma. Dr. Alpern discusses the role EMDR can play in trauma recovery, what you can expect in session, and how it works with the brain to reprocess trauma.

    You can find Dr. Pria Alpern and her wonderful trauma content on Instagram and Tik Tok at @drpriaphd .

    To access a directory of EMDR-certified therapists visit EMDRIA

    For more birth trauma content and a community full of love and support, head to my Instagram at @birthtrauma_mama.

    Learn more about the support and services I offer through The Birth Trauma Mama Therapy & Support Services.

    • 40 min
    Miscarriage: So Much More Than a Loss

    Miscarriage: So Much More Than a Loss

    Alexia joins me on this week's episode to discuss miscarriage and pregnancy after loss, including her story with the loss of her son Wesley, which inspired her page @mainstreammiscarriage

    Postpartum Support helpline: 1-800-944-4773

    For more birth trauma content and a community full of love and support, head to my Instagram at @birthtrauma_mama.

    Learn more about the support and services I offer through The Birth Trauma Mama Therapy & Support Services.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Zoey Reagan ,

Amazing

She literally articulated all my feelings and has helped me so much!

courtneyowens ,

Validating

Extremely validating. As a momma who continues to grow and heal from my sons traumatic entrance into the world, I can’t tell you how being able to say “oh my gosh me too” while listening lifts my spirit :)

Kristine Page ,

Informative and so healing

As someone who experienced birth trauma, to have a space to feel validation and understanding of what you went through is invaluable! I love knowing that there is education getting out there to other moms, parents, birthing individuals that you are not alone if you experience birth trauma!! Thanks for opening this space for all of us!

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