Birth Story Listening

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“Birth Story Medicine is an uplifting guided personal-growth process that brings insight, resolution, and healing after a difficult or disappointing birth." — Pamela England, Birthing from Within Founder

 
 

Birth Story Listening is for mothers, partners or birth attendants who:

~ were present at a birth where there was unwanted or unexpected interactions, moments, or outcomes during pregnancy, birth, or the postpartum period  

~ could use some space to reflect on the events surrounding the birth

~ perhaps tried telling their story in a family or social setting and the experience was negative or stirred an uncomfortable inward or outward reaction

~ might be feeling either an overwhelming sense of being stuck or spinning out  

~ want to prepare for a pregnancy and labour following a challenging birth experience.

 


Private Sessions & Packages

Most sessions are 90 minutes and many mothers, partners or birth attendants find lasting and meaningful healing from just one session.  For folks wanting to dive deeper, packages are available and can include: mindfulness, yoga therapy, ceremony, altar, art or beauty making

*$120 for initial session

* Package of 3 sessions for $350

* Sessions can be by phone, video or in person.

*Book your free 20 minute phone call to see if working with me feels right for you

***A "pay-what-you-can" approach is always welcome, please contact me to discuss


Why work with Jen?

After going through the 1 hour birth story listening session, I was immediately relieved.  It felt as though I had been carrying a large and heavy parachute behind me for the past 19 months and now I could finally let it go.  Jen did not take away the humiliation or the suffering that I had gone through during my birth; no one can do that.  However, she guided me through a process which allowed me to move forward stronger, and lighter than before.  Our birth journey is sometimes like going into battle, and we come back changed covered in invisible battle scars.  The birth story healing process allowed me to see this change as an empowering one.  Now, I can see my strength.  Thank you Jen, and thank you to the process for helping me gain strength from my challenging birth.


Jennifer dove into birth work as the Ottawa Chapter Leader with ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) in 2013.  She was amazed and inspired by how many people are deeply affected by their challenging birth experiences but recognized that once they give themselves space to reflect and integrate their experience, how profound and meaningful healing can be.

The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

 ~ In February 2015, Jennifer began her studies as a Birthing From Within birth story listener.  

 ~She is currently working on the Advanced Birth Story Medicine Project with Birthing From Within mentors & doulas to pursue ongoing expansion and development in this groundbreaking and revolutionary approach to healing after a difficult birth.  

 ~ Jennifer's unique sessions, workshops, retreats and courses are grounded in Birthing From Within's Birth Story Medicine with roots in her 16 years experience of teaching mindfulness and yoga practice. 

 

"Things have been so much better since the workshop.  I'm much calmer about this birth and I feel like I'm seeing it as entirely separate to my first child's birth- which is very exciting. I don't worry as much about all of the 'what ifs' as I know now that no matter what happens, I am doing everything I can."

                                          - A pregnant mom 


Birthing Again: An online course for pregnant mothers after a challenging birth experience

This course includes:

~ a 45 min private phone birth story listening session with you

~ 4 classes designed to facilitate integration and healing after your difficult, disappointing or traumatic birth experience

~ a 45 min follow up conversation either before or after the upcoming birth of your baby.

Over the 4 sessions, we will explore your previous birth and make space for your upcoming labour through:

~ mindfulness, gentle yoga & stillness practice

~ creative writing & art

~ birth story sharing, listening and responding introspectively.

This course is for any mother who:

~ has the willingness to reflect upon and find meaning from her challenging initiation or continuation into parenthood

~ wants to develop self care practices to help cope during overwhelming moments

~ is preparing for her upcoming birth with renewed interest

***Available as an online month long course periodically throughout the year, contact Jen to find out when the the next one starts.


From Loss to Love: An online course for

From Loss to Love: An online course for

From Loss to Love: An online course for mothers who are healing from pregnancy or infant loss

THIS COURSE INCLUDES:

~ a 60 min private phone birth story listening session with you

~ 6 classes designed to facilitate integration and healing after your pregnancy or infant loss

~ optional access to a closed Facebook community with other participants from your course

~ ritual and ceremony

Over the 6 sessions, we will explore your lived experience(s) of loss with the intention of bringing more peace and a deeper sense of connection to your life through:

~ mindfulness, gentle yoga & stillness practice

~ creative writing & art

~ birth story sharing, listening and responding introspectively

~ a personal project of your choice devoted to remembering and honouring your experience of loss.

This course is for any mother who:

~ has the willingness to reflect upon and find meaning from her challenging initiation or continuation into parenthood

~ is motivated to honour the life that was created and her grieving process

~ wants to kindle compassion for others and herself

~ wants to build self care practices & coping strategies for overwhelming moments

~ might be pregnant again or trying to conceive after a loss and wants to make space for the next chapter

***Available as an online 6 week course periodically throughout the year, contact Jen to find out when the the next one starts.

"Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space."