103 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

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. 

    Couples Therapy & Birth Trauma

    Couples Therapy & Birth Trauma

    On this week's episode, we welcome Elizabeth Earnshaw, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Liz is a couples therapist, writer, and content creator. This episode is full of so many nuggets like how to encourage therapy for your parter as well as themes that are often present in relationships after both kids and trauma. We hope you find this episode so helpful!On this episode, you will hear:-Exploring the world of couples therapy- The impact of trauma on relationships- Navigating couples ...

    • 45 min
    Q&A: Partner Trauma

    Q&A: Partner Trauma

    On this week's episode - we are doing a special re-release in honor of Father's Day coming up. Join me and my husband, Steve, as we answer your questions on partner trauma and the impact of birth trauma on relationships.For more birth trauma content and a community full of love and support, head to my Instagram at @thebirthtrauma_mama.Learn more about the support and services I offer through The Birth Trauma Mama Therapy & Support Services.

    • 38 min
    A Partner's Perspective: Steve's Story

    A Partner's Perspective: Steve's Story

    On this week's episode - we are doing a special re-release in honor of Father's Day coming up. Details of a traumatic birth are included in this episode. In this episode, my husband, Steve joins me to discuss his perspective on Cal's birth and the impact it had on him, as well as our relationship. For more birth trauma content and a community full of love and support, head to my Instagram at @thebirthtrauma_mama.Learn more about the support and services I offer through The Birt...

    • 1 hr 4 min
    C-Section Under GA, DIC, & Possible AFE feat. Allie

    C-Section Under GA, DIC, & Possible AFE feat. Allie

    On this week's episode, we welcome Allie. She shares about her pregancy, which was picture perfect until she was 12 hours into her induction. Her baby's heart rate dropped and she had to have an emergency c-section under general anesthesia due to an inadequate epidural. There were several other complications that followed for Allie. She shares about these complications as well as her healing journey since then. On this episode, you will hear:- emergency c-section under general anesthesia...

    • 27 min
    Culture Change (and Peanut Balls) in Perinatal Nursing

    Culture Change (and Peanut Balls) in Perinatal Nursing

    On this week's episode, we welcome Mandy Irby, @thebirthnurse. Mandy is a board-certified labor nurse with 12 years of experience. Through her own birth experiences and her years at the bedside she has recognized the desperate need for trauma-informed care, not just for the benefit of patients, but also for nurses. Mandy joins us to discuss the importance of trauma-informed for a culture change in perinatal nursing. On this episode, you will hear:- Challenges of trauma-informed care in nursin...

    • 48 min
    Identical Triplets & Severe Postpartum Hemorrhage feat. Kate

    Identical Triplets & Severe Postpartum Hemorrhage feat. Kate

    On this week's listener story, we welcome Kate. Kate found out she was having identical triplets, making her pregnancy and birth more high-risk than she had expected. Kate experienced a severe postpartum hemorrhage and NICU journey her triplets, which she shares was an incredibly isolating experience. She does such a beautiful job sharing her postpartum healing journey, specifically navigating through the many unmet expectations, and how story-sharing and finding support has helped her ...

    • 31 min

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