Some mothers, partners, and even birth workers have been a part of births that were blatantly traumatic. Having unwished-for events, unexpected outcomes, or a birth experience that is very different from the expectations that were set up for you can cause an emotional wound. Even births that would not be clearly defined as “traumatic” often have little moments that choke you up when you talk about them, or make you wince when others people react to them. Many mothers will stop telling parts of their story, or stop telling their story all together because of the way other people “listen” to their experience. Making comments like “at least you have a healthy baby,” telling you what you should have done differently, or planning do-overs for your next birth is not a constructive way to listen, and can be a source of trauma in and of itself.
Birth Story Medicine® is a whole new way of approaching the story teller, helping her/him to reframe the story, or feel a mental shift in order to get some relief from the pain their birth has been causing them.
This process acknowledges that your birth was not an isolated event, but part of a series of events including your pregnancy, preparation, and entire life…all the way back to the first birth story you ever heard. In birth story processing sessions I will truly listen to your story, and help you look at it in a whole new way that honors you as a mother, as a woman, and as a person. You will leave with a whole new feeling around your birth story, which can penetrate all areas of your being and bring new healing and clarity to your daily life.
Birth Story Medicine® sessions typically last for 60-90 minutes. It is important that you leave your children in the care of the other parent or another caregiver so that you can take this time to fully focus on your healing. Most sessions take place in the Birthing from Within studio near 281/Bitters on weeknights at 7:30 pm or later, but other times may be available upon request. Birth Story Medicine® sessions are $65. San Antonio Cesarean Support Group members and birth class/doula clients may enjoy a session for $50. Call/text Nikki directly at 210-800-2070 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.