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Ep. 51: A Person’s Journey Through Birth with Britta Bushnell

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A Person's Journey Through Birth with Britta Bushnell

Britta is a wife and mother, veteran childbirth educator, celebrated speaker, mythologist, and specialist in childbirth, couples and parenting.

For the last 20 years, Dr. Bushnell has worked with individuals and couples as they prepare for the life-changing experience of giving birth.

Her work with parents has been enriched by her doctoral work in mythology and psychology, her years spent as a co-owner of Birthing From Within, as well as her dedicated study of solution-focused brief therapy, storytelling, and sustaining sexual vibrancy and helping romantic partnerships thrive even during parenthood. 

 

The Unspoken Topic

  • Becoming a parent is an identity of death. There is a loss of Self. That surprises people. 

What We Cover

  • The journey of the deep transformation a woman experiences through motherhood. 
  • How to process the uncertainty.
  • The house rule Britta has that is a non-negotiable. 

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Key Takeaways

  • Asking how to get back to your formal self is a flawed question to be asking because that would imply there is a stagnant truth. And there is no stagnant truth because life keeps moving forward.
  • View life as a tapestry and weaving your experiences together. The bigger events are more vibrant colors. 
  • Change is scary so we seek familiarity to feel centered.
  • Storytelling is a great form of healing during the postpartum period.
  • It takes 2-3 years for a woman’s identity to fully feel integrated with the threads of who we were and who we are now. 1 year is on the fast track. 6 months postpartum, you are still in the cocoon- give yourself some grace. 
  • Learning to parent and becoming a parent happen side by side. You’ll always learn how to parent.
 

Actionable Solutions

 How to Sit With Uncertainty 

  • Ask the question and then put a pause. 
  • In the old days, this was often called “wonder.”
  • Refrain from actively seeking the answer. 
  • You’ll be surprised as to where the answer reveals itself.
 
 

 

 

 

How Relationship Changed After Baby

  • The relationship changed dramatically with her partner after baby. Parenting together strengthened as well as challenged the relationship. But ultimately seeing her partner be a dad is beautiful thing to witness. They’ve used and seen their relationship as a personal growth path and spiritual practice. 

Share a Rule in Your Household

  • Communication is a key value in their family. If you say you’re going to be there, you better be there or call and tell them you’re not going to be there. 

Most Excited About

  • The publication of her book. 

Britta’s Gift For You

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Mama Has a Minute 

  • Favorite form of self-care:  Watching period piece movies in bed.
  • What is the best parenting advice you’ve ever received: What kids get they come to expect. What they expect they come to need. So pay attention.
  • Share your favorite parenting hack: Saying I’m sorry and asking for forgiveness and traveling any chance you get. 
  • Share 1 product your children cannot live without: Their cell phones.
  • Share 1 book and why: Women Who Run with The Wolves. And her own book!
  • What motherhood means to you: Motherhood is a profound personal practice and a path to personal growth.

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