Birthing Awareness

Through my doula career and work as a childbirth professional, as well as facilitating group and individual healing sessions with men and women from around the globe, I have learned that the number one reason a woman’s labour will stall is due to something called emotional dystocia. Stalled labour refers to a period of time labour slows down or stops completely after a consistent contraction pattern has been established. This period of time could be brief or it could last for several hours, impeding labour progress.

Emotional dystocia can occur due to circumstances of the actual birth, which is why choosing the right birthing environment, midwife or OBGYN for you is so important. Often, emotional dystocia occurs as a result of remembered or blocked pain and trauma. This pain and trauma could reach as far back as the labouring woman’s own birth – from her mother’s pregnancy and birth process – to early childhood, adolescence and onward.

The most effective method to address past pain and trauma prior to labour is to become aware of it and begin working through it before or during pregnancy. Perhaps the trauma occurred at a very young age or was so painful the woman disassociated from it and blocked it out. How does one become aware of past pain and trauma that has been blocked?

During an individual or group healing session, I guide participants through a process by which they uncover past wounds. Emotional and physical blocks will come to light, how these blocks are impacting the woman’s life now and what to do about it, where they came from, what the situation was back then, and we unpack details about the experience. Often, reasons behind people’s motivations come up and one will begin to understand things differently so that healing can take place. Only that which the client needs to hear comes through so it is never too much or unmanageable. Once the session is complete, participants have time to ask questions and next-steps are discussed.

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