12 episodes

We all experience life-changing events, but rarely do we talk about the places that profoundly change us and help us become who we are today. On this podcast, childbirth and relationship specialist and newly published author Dr. Britta Bushnell pulls back the curtain shrouding life-altering events to take a deep look into the growing and expanding experiences of life that often open us up to who we must become. Subscribe to listen to the conversations Britta and her guests share about these profound threshold moments.

TRANSFORMED with Britta Bushnell Dr. Britta Bushnell

    • Self-Improvement
    • 5.0, 13 Ratings

We all experience life-changing events, but rarely do we talk about the places that profoundly change us and help us become who we are today. On this podcast, childbirth and relationship specialist and newly published author Dr. Britta Bushnell pulls back the curtain shrouding life-altering events to take a deep look into the growing and expanding experiences of life that often open us up to who we must become. Subscribe to listen to the conversations Britta and her guests share about these profound threshold moments.

    10. The Vaginapractor & Me with Kimberly Ann Johnson

    10. The Vaginapractor & Me with Kimberly Ann Johnson

    “The body just keeps talking louder and louder because it’s trying to get us to listen to a more fundamental message.” - Kimberly Ann Johnson

    We're wrapping up the first season of TRANSFORMED with Kimberly Ann Johnson aka MAGAMAMA. Her book, The Fourth Trimester, should be required reading for most birthing women. Her courses guide participants to an embodied understanding of the nervous system and how this body wisdom matters for those of us pursuing a well-lived life. In this episode, Kimberly shares personal stories as well as deep wisdom, starting with her experience and knowledge of the postpartum period and taking us through parenting teenagers, big life changes, and fundamental nervous system know-how.



    In this episode, Kimberly  and I discuss:


    Kimberly’s personal postpartum journey

    Depression after birth

    Understanding the nervous system as Life 101

    Moving away from your parents as an adult

    Jaguar parenting

    Parenting as an unequal relationship

    Writing her new book


    Read more about Kimberly and her work: About MAGAMAMA


    Some of Kimberly’s offerings:


    The Fourth Trimester https://www.amazon.com/Fourth-Trimester-Postpartum-Balancing-Restoring/dp/1611804000/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=the+fourth+trimester&qid=1593449665&sr=8-2

    The Fourth Trimester Cards https://www.amazon.com/Fourth-Trimester-Cards-Support-Inspiration/dp/1611807646/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc-p13n1_0?cv_ct_cx=the+fourth+trimester+cards&dchild=1&keywords=the+fourth+trimester+cards&pd_rd_i=1611807646&pd_rd_r=10ba9be6-e375-49ad-8163-807723ec89af&pd_rd_w=AIQsm&pd_rd_wg=ipKox&pf_rd_p=1da5beeb-8f71-435c-b5c5-3279a6171294&pf_rd_r=Z3VTKMKMS6XC7BR888S8&psc=1&qid=1593449697&sr=1-1-70f7c15d-07d8-466a-b325-4be35d7258cc

    Activate Your Inner Jaguar (online course) https://www.magamama.com/jaguar

    Tending the Collective Nervous System https://www.magamama.com/collective

    • 1 hr 15 min
    9. Two Black Midwives Build a Birth Center with Allegra Hill & Kimberly Durdin

    9. Two Black Midwives Build a Birth Center with Allegra Hill & Kimberly Durdin

    “Systemic racism is attached to every aspect of our society.” - Kimberly Durdin

    Allegra Hill & Kimberly Durdin are two black midwives who have embarked on the journey of starting their own birth center. In this episode, they share what called each of them to midwifery as well as what inspired them to the arduous task of starting a birth center. They help us understand the need for Black owned and operated birthing centers and the racial inequities faced by BIPOC birthing people, especially Black birthing parents and babies. Systemic racism impacts every industry. We have an open discussion about how it affects the birth world.


    Today's wisdom comes from:

    Kimberly Durdin IBCLC, Doula & Senior Student Midwife

    Allegra Hill LM, CPM, Doula/Monitrice & IBCLC

    Read all about my guests on their website.



    Topics we discuss on this episode:


    Their personal journeys to becoming midwives

    The difference between midwifery care and working with an OB

    Starting a birth center in South LA

    The transformative process of opening a birth center

    Roadblocks and racism as a birth professional


    Episode Resources:
    Kindred Space LA www.kindredspacela.com
    Follow Kindred Space on Instagram @kindredspacela
    Support Kindred Space LA through Venmo: @ProjectMotherPath (note: Kindred Space LA)
    Donate to Kindred Space LA through GoFundMe.com


    Episode Mentions:
    Heather Schwarz https://www.montereybirthcenter.com/our-story
    Shafia Monroe https://shafiamonroe.com/
    Sara Howard https://www.horizonmidwifery.com/
    Tioma Allison https://tiomamidwife.wordpress.com/about/
    Juliana Fehr, CNM, PhD, FACNM https://www.su.edu/faculty-staff/faculty/juliana-fehr-phd-cnm-rn/
    Aleks Evanguelidi LM http://www.aleksevanguelidi.com/
    Nikki Helms San Diego Birth Center GoFundMe


    Episode Credits:
    Produced by Aleksa Mara
    Edited by Veronica Gruba
    Hosted & Created by Britta Bushnell, PHD

    • 1 hr
    8. Menopause through the Lens of Mythology with Dr. Christine Downing

    8. Menopause through the Lens of Mythology with Dr. Christine Downing

    Today I share a conversation about the soul journey of menopause with the remarkable Dr. Christine Downing. Christine is a powerhouse in the academic fields of mythology and religion, but also she’s a powerhouse in life! She was a beloved professor of mine during grad school and served as the chair of my dissertation committee. Dr. Downing is 88-years-old and full of vitality, wisdom, and perspective about all phases women traverse in a lifetime.

    In this episode, Christine and I discuss:


    Mythology & the menopausal transition

    Why it’s important for men to understand menopause

    The value of taking trips at the brink of life changes

    When to acknowledge the finality of things

    Recognizing your limits

    The importance of mourning

    Female friendships as medicine

    How there’s always a way in which we’re not quite ready for change


    “It’s scary to let go of who you’ve been. To feel like you didn’t choose to be where you are. ” - Christine Downing



    More about Christine:

    Christine is a core faculty member in the Mythological Studies Department at Pacifica University. She has made extensive scholarly contributions to the fields of Religious Studies, Mythology, and Gender Studies. She is Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies from San Diego State University where she taught for almost twenty years. In 1974, Dr. Downing became the president of the American Academy of Religion, making her the first woman to do so. She has also taught concurrently at the San Diego campus of the California School of Professional Psychology, and at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She lectures frequently to Jungian groups both here and abroad. Christine Downing has forged a career in the academy and in the evolution of feminist thought through the unique blending of rigorous scholarly work with the personal voice of biographical writing and self reflection.



    Dr. Downing is the author of numerous scholarly essays and important books in the field such as:


    The Goddess: Mythological Images of the Feminine

    Gods in Our Midst: Mythological Images of the Masculine – A Woman’s View

    Long Journey Home: Re-visioning the Myth of Demeter and Persephone for Our Time

    Myths & Mysteries of Same-Sex Love

    Psyche’s Sisters

    Women’s Mysteries

    • 1 hr
    7. A White Woman's Mess: My Ongoing Process with Unpacking Racism - Special Episode

    7. A White Woman's Mess: My Ongoing Process with Unpacking Racism - Special Episode

    This episode is different. I don’t have a guest to talk with, it’s just me sharing my thoughts about racism. This episode is mostly for white folks or at least non-black people. Anyone is welcome to listen, but in this episode, I am a white woman speaking to other white people about racism. There are experts on the lived experience of being Black in the U.S. (pretty much all Black people living in the U.S.) and there are white people who specialize in talking to other white people about racism. I’m not either of these. I’m an imperfect white woman learning and growing along the messy path of becoming anti-racist and that’s exactly what I want to share with you in this episode.



    “What we need to do is understand that internalized racism exists in each of us, it’s been cooked into the tissue of my being from the reality of living in a country BUILT on racism—and as a white woman, it’s my job to unpack what’s been put there while I may have been sleeping.”



    Topics we cover include:


    The killing of Black people

    What my mom has to say about unpacking racism

    My own racism

    Being imperfect and messing up

    What I did at a midwifery conference

    Shame and fear around racism

    Public commitments to doing more unlearning and relearning


    Episode Resources:

    Favorite Chart of Resources for Anti-Racism Work.

    Want to buy your books from Black owned bookstores? Here’s a list.

    Books mentioned:

    Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

    White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

    Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

    Movie: 

    13th Streaming on Netflix

    Course on race and the nervous system with Sabia Wade and Kimberly Johnson

    A Lifetime in Quarantine 



    Episode Credits:

    Produced by Aleksa Mara

    Edited by Veronica Gruba

    Hosted & Created by Britta Bushnell, PHD

    • 32 min
    6. Changing Your Life through Story with Lewis Mehl-Madrona

    6. Changing Your Life through Story with Lewis Mehl-Madrona

    In this episode I speak with author and physician Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona about how he brings storytelling and narrative into his healing processes. A teacher in many respects, Lewis believes that telling a story (or “sharing a case-study” in doctor talk), is the most effective way to teach. 

    This conversation is helpful in shifting the way you look at your life and the stories you tell yourself that not only affect your neurological and mental health, but your physical health as well. What are the biological consequences of the stories that we tell ourselves? Can we rewrite our stories to better our lives? 

    “We are the swarm of stories that surround our physical body.” - Lewis Mehl-Madrona 

    Topics we cover include:
    Indiginous knowledge
    Narrative medicine
    The Power of Talking Circles
    Imagery & Narrative in Healing
    Issues of Psychology during Birthing
    Epigenetics vs. genetics in disease

    About our guest:
    Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He has been on the faculties of several medical schools, most recently as associate professor of family medicine at the University of New England. He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on what Native culture has to offer the modern world. He has also written Narrative Medicine, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry, and, his most recent book with Barbara Mainguy, Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story. 

    Lewis currently teaches with the family medicine residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor, where he does inpatient medicine, outpatient precepting, and obstetrics. He works in consultation-liaison psychiatry at EMMC and also at Acadia Hospital. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation. Lewis has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written about their work and the process of healing. His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream medicine and to transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European derived narrative traditions. 

    Read more about Lewis Mehl-Madrona on his website. 

    Episode Resources:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coyotehealing/
    The Coyote Trilogy: Coyote Wisdom, Coyote Healing, Coyote Medicine by Lewis Mehl-Madrona
    Healing the Mind Through the Power of Story by Lewis Mehl-Madrona
    Narrative Medicine: The Use of History & Story in the Healing Process by Lewis Mehl-Madrona

    Episode Credits:
    Produced by Aleksa Mara
    Edited by Veronica Gruba
    Hosted & Created by Britta Bushnell, PHD

    • 1 hr 4 min
    5. Holding Space for our Broken Parts: A Childhood with Type 1 Diabetes

    5. Holding Space for our Broken Parts: A Childhood with Type 1 Diabetes

    In this episode, you get to enjoy an intimate conversation between mother and son about living with type one diabetes. Kaden was diagnosed at the young age of 2-years-old and thanks his early diagnosis for being his greatest teacher through his 18 years of navigating life with a chronic disease.

    This episode breeds empathy for all children living with disease, can be helpful for parents navigating a child with disease, and inspire anyone to hold space for their broken parts, no matter what they may be.



    Kaden and I discuss:


    Navigating feelings of being broken
    Not feeling the way the outer world expects
    Building empathy through acknowledging personal
    Holding space for big feelings
    Being there for yourself while helping others
    The role of fear in transformation
    “What if I don’t wake up…”
    Lessons from living with a chronic disease
    Growing through adversity


    “Some peoples vulnerabilities and insecurities are more out in the world than mine, and some are buried and hidden. Having diabetes taught me how to be open and vulnerable about my broken parts at a really early stage in life, and have compassion for others knowing for a fact that their insecurities exist, too.” - Kaden Kessel, 20 years old



    More about our featured guest: 

    Kaden Kessel was diagnosed with type one diabetes just before his third birthday. As long as he can remember, diabetes has been a part of his life. Kaden made a pledge to himself early in his journey that he would not let diabetes prevent him from doing anything that really mattered to him. He has followed his passions relentlessly and with purpose. He has served as a JDRF Children’s Congress Delegate speaking to congressional members about the needs of the type one community at the age of seven, spoke to diabetes medical equipment maker Medtronic, and served as Walk Youth Ambassador to the One Walk in Los Angeles. Now, at age twenty, Kaden recently finished his sophomore year at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and continues to follow his dreams while living with type one diabetes.

    Kaden is passionate about foreign policy, specifically in the Middle East and is eager to work in public service with the goal to help others.

    To become involved with the fight to end Type One Diabetes, or for more support while living with diabetes, visit www.jdrf.org



    Episode Credits:

    Produced by Aleksa Mara

    Edited by Veronica Gruba

    Hosted & Created by Britta Bushnell, PHD

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

Acting Bug ,

Just what I needed

I just listened to the episode on Menopause and it was so beautiful. I choose to focus on menopause as a transition and this provided some wonderful guidance. Thank you

AndiboGhandi ,

A White Women’s Mess....

This episode is exactly what I needed to hear right now. I appreciate the thought provoking questions for taking my own self examination deeper and the practical resources for reading more, listening more, and doing more. Humbling, flattening, and inspiring at the same time. Thank you Britta.

Meliss@H ,

A Wealth of Wisdom

I’m so excited for this series of podcasts exploring stepping into the unknown, courage and identifying our own unique gifts, among many other things! Wisely guided by Britta Bushnell, I love her grounding voice, use of metaphor, and openness. She is, and has gathered, a wealth of wisdom!

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