Insights at The Edge: Transformed by Birth with Britta Bushnell

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“Once you’ve looked into the eyes of your newborn child, there is no going back to the person you were before you had that initial gaze. Something in who you are is altered forever. There is a loss of innocence that happens. Once you look in your child’s eyes, there is a way in which you know that you can be mortally wounded in ways you never previously expected.”

Britta Bushnell, Ph.D., Author of Transformed by Birth

Dr. Britta Bushnell is an award-winning childbirth educator, mythologist, and doula. She describes giving birth as the most significant rite of passage many people will ever go through—a passage marked by loss (which is often not discussed) as well as profound beauty and gain.

In this podcastBritta and I talk about the transformation of identity that happens when we become new parents, and how challenging this can be. We also discuss:
  • How giving birth does not ask us to be fearless but instead asks us to brave
  • Giving up the illusion of control and expanding beyond positive thinking
  • Learning from archetypes: invoking the natural wildness of Artemis and the scientific precision of Apollo in the measure you need to support your birthing process
  • How to practice “ice contractions” and become familiar with simultaneously letting go and exerting effort
  • Why the best preparation for birth and for whatever happens to us in life is the development of openness, strength, and resilience

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Britta has spent over 20 years working with individuals and couples as they prepare for what she calls “a pressure cooker of great change.” You can check out her new book Transformed by Birth: Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life-Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood and listen to our podcast here.

With love on the journey,

Tami Simon
Founder and Publisher, Sounds True

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