Birth doesn't always go as planned and sometimes emotional and physical reactions can surface and stay with families for months or years after a difficult birth experience. If a family felt pressured to agree to certain procedures/interventions or didn't feel heard, validated or well supported during the birth process those factors can further aggravate the symptoms occurring after such a stressful event. If a family has experience disappointment, trauma or grief in reaction to their birth experience then this class is for them - regardless of outcome.
Whether it was experienced due to a pelvic exam, an episiotomy, internal monitoring, vacuum extraction, c-section, premature delivery, long and complicated labor, unsupportive birth team, or negative birth outcome, if a family feels they have experienced birth trauma, they have.
This two-part class is for mothers, fathers, and other family members who have experienced a traumatic birth. Through group learning dynamics, writing assignments, and art therapy attendees will learn to:
- develop coping tools
- identify and process feelings surrounding the birth
- identify potentially negative feelings about participants and/or care providers present at the birth
- begin to let go of negative birth-related emotions
- develop a plan to effectively deal with future moments of fear
HEALING FOR BIRTH