Childbirth Education Series

Session 3:

Exploring the Nervous System :: Embodiment :: Trauma + Pain and Altered States

Our Ancestors :: Facing death and the void

Thanks again for joining us! 

Please note that Kori and Amanda as well as BBB co-facilitator, Elsa Asher are all available for in person and distance counselling and birth consulting. 

This session, is loaded with really valuable the additional resources and we suggest taking the space to dive in and explore some of these offerings.

While watching/listening and taking in this information, try to also track your somatic responses.

Bespoken Bones with Pavini Moray :: Episode 19: Disrupting oppression living in your body: accessing embodied healing - super rad, super queer, we love Pavini.

Trauma, Somatic Experiencing and Peter A. Levine PhD - anger exercise at end, could also be used to explore fear sensations/responses

Book - In an Unspoken Voice by Peter Levine

Ray Castellino - The Blueprint: Our Unifying Field's Potential for Connection and Wholeness (long version) (short version)

Stephen Porges - Polyvagal Theory: how your body makes the decision

Crash Course #13-#15 Autonomic Nervous System, Sympathetic Nervous System, Parasympathetic Nervous System - for the science nerds our there . . . be forewarned, these are jam packed 10 minute bites of fast paced info, not the friendliest thing to the pregnancy brainwaves.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk - cis/het centric

Graphic Book - Pain is Really Strange by Steve Haines

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

The Stoner Mom - Pot and Pregnancy

Wikkipedia - Flow

Book - Stealing Fire by Jamie Wheal + Steven Kolter

Holistic Stages of Birth by Whapio

In case you haven't heard of/read Where's The Mother by Trevor MacDonald  . . . we highly recommend it! Trevor shared so much about his personal journey to parenting, including an incredible and personal narrative of his process and experience of birthing and the different choices that made for both birth experiences . . . 

Ecstatic Birth: The Hormones of Labour by Sarah Buckly, MD - . . . This is a hugely helpful read for understanding how natural birth works. It is also quite cis/hetero centric . . . read with your queering filter turned on.

 

Invitation for Reflection and Sharing 

As part of Session 3, we invite you to reflect on the following questions:

  • That was a lot of information! How do you feel after watching/listening?  What are some questions for further exploration that came up for you? 
  • If you haven't already, as a part of preparing to become a parent and to give birth, begin to uncover some of your beliefs and needs in terms of how you want to approach "life-saving" interventions . . . where are your thresholds for care provider intervention/non-intervention? How may your choices in care provider or birth location support or hinder your ability to have agency and/or support in these situations.
  • What do you know about your own birth experience? What's your experience of your blueprint? (see Ray Castellino video clip above) Relating to our own births can often hold valuable information about how we relate to the experiencing of birthing, and our children's birth experience. Our bodies remember. If you would like more one on one support in exploring this, please feel free to reach out to either Amanda or Elsa Asher for private sessions and/or check out Elsa's Prenatal, Birth + Attachment clinic and online offerings.
  • Explore your own relationship to pain and altered states. What are some experiences that you can draw on to give you a point of reference for your capacity to experience/relate to the sensations of birth? 

As always please feel free to send us your questions via email or facebook, we'll get back to you typically within a few days.

see you soon!