Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. ~ Rumi
You want to find new freedom as a mother and deeper connection with your child. You want to know your birth and mothering story with fluidity, freedom, power and peace… even the parts that were imperfect, difficult or traumatic. You want to experience bliss and connection with your child. You want the pain to make sense and contribute to your mothering. You want the pain and anguish, the guilt and despair to dissolve, disappear and leave you larger than before, wiser for your wounds, transformed, initiated into motherhood.
Or maybe you recently had a wonderful birth, but keep re-playing a part of it that tripped you up, something that keeps buggin’ you, or even haunting you. Perhaps you got hung up on the other side during the early days caring for your newborn, or perhaps it was/is in the fertility dance. You thought you wouldn’t need postpartum support, but right now just the thought of it brings you to tears…
You’ve tried talking about it with your partner. You’ve tried talking about it with other mama friends. You’ve googled postpartum support and joined support forums. Maybe you’ve attended a “birth story” workshop or seen a therapist. You may even have resigned yourself to just living with it haunting you and even though it’s painful, you just have to move on and take care of your family. You don’t have the time or energy to figure out how to stop the invasive thoughts, and nothing you’ve tried so far has really made a lasting difference. Even if you aren’t feeling horrible about your birth, if you’re like most mothers, you are still far from feeling like a hero or a warrior no matter how much you wish you could.
The birth of my first child in 2006 was the most horrible experience of my life. No one expected it. My mother gave birth to me quickly and with ease. I was a mature, connected, and earthy lady. Labor went fine, until the pushing part. As some of you may know most women push for between 30 minutes and 2 hours. I pushed with all my might through each unbearable contraction for 8 hours. Yup, for years I would shudder every time I thought of the birth of my baby. The worst part was the guilt I felt. What was wrong with me??? How could I possibly be a good mother after such a failure. I obsessed and searched, I wept and I wished.
I found some amazing things.
My healing began when I found Birthing From Within and was reminded of the power of myth in real life struggles. I drew on my academic studies of philosophy, poetry and myth to understand the inner alchemical process that was occurring. My healing deepened when I discovered Traditional & Healing Foods, Craniosacral Therapy and pursued midwifery studies, but it wasn’t until I found myself unexpectedly pregnant with my second child that I really got motivated! I followed a lead that ultimately led me to train as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. During my second pregnancy, I used Somatic Experiencing to prepare for the birth of my son. It made all the difference. I was prepared and ready for the birth of my son, and while it wasn’t any easier that my first birth, I came through it without getting sucked into a pit of trauma and self-blame. It was elemental, cosmic and crazy, and I did it!
Birth trauma is a very misunderstood phenomenon ~ for mama and her baby. Most talk therapy, including a lot of birth story work, can actually make birth trauma worse rather than better, and the general population, including your partner and mother, just don’t know how to get to the root of your upset. They can’t. It’s just not a part of our cultural know-how. Fortunately that is changing and there are some really lovely tools for integrating and renegotiating intense experiences and healing birth trauma. Read more about Myth Mending.
I have delved into the world of healing trauma and combined it with my passion for the transformative power of birth to create a paradigm and method for liberating you from all that recurring pain about what-ought-to-be (and what still can be) one of your life’s most precious and powerful rites of passage.
I promise, with the right commitment, the tools I offer can help you to completely transform your feelings of helplessness and failure. I know because I practiced on myself, and have seen it work time after time with clients. I still make it a practice to use these tools regularly in my continued evolution as a mother. They are that good!
Once you complete the payment process you will receive an email with instructions for starting the course and how to book your sessions!
Please contact me if you have any questions at all…
First of all, I adore Krista! She is so warm, compassionate and human. I always feel very free to express myself both mentally and physically when I’m around her. I just love how whole I felt after the work we did in just two weeks. I feel like I found some very useful tools that I can use during other stressful or anxiety provoking times. My immediate impression is that I feel calmer, and that is HUGE! I carry a lot of anxiety around with me that is not necessary, warranted or useful. I felt a real sense of completeness and completion after the work that we did. I appreciated that the techniques didn’t always dive right into the most painful experiences or memories, but gracefully danced around the edges thereby healing the more core pain. I would recommend working with Krista. It felt like such meaningful and necessary work to do after something as monumental as childbirth. I really appreciated getting the opportunity to do this work with her. I’m not sure if I’d feel safe enough to do that kind of work with just anyone, which really speaks volumes about her gifts and talents. THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!!!
~ Lucinda Bowman, Speech Pathologist, Mama of one year old Olin