Restoring ~ Establishing ~ Regaining Confidence in Birth
Birth for some women is not the empowering experience it can be. Some women remember feeling distressed in labour, unsupported or like they were not in control and are sometimes left with feelings of dread for a future birth experience. Some birth partners may have found the experience stressful or traumatic and may also carry negative feelings.
Women or couples in this situation often need space to express their thoughts and feelings and to be accepted in a safe environment.
Birth Reflections is a chance for you to be encouraged to reflect upon your previous birth experience. No judgements will be made and you will be given time, space and gentleness to express in your own way the feelings you recall from the experience and the feelings you carry today.
This can sometimes be the first opportunity you have had to discuss in any depth how the experience affected you both.
This session provides the opportunity to better understand what happened during your previous birth experience and why and allows you both to find closure. In doing so, you are better able to prepare for your next birth without the ‘baggage’ of your last birth.
Fee upon application
I facilitate this session privately in your own home.
Testimonials from previous clients:
“A friend introduced me to Lisa, who is a local doula. She also offers sessions of birth reflections, so we bravely asked her to come over and help us. We had two sessions of two hours. It was the best decision we made in this pregnancy. We processed our first baby’s birth, learned things about each other and how we both felt and then were able to focus on our options for the next birth. Lisa’s help was invaluable. If you have had a traumatic birth experience I would urge you to get this sort of help, either on your own or as a couple. Lisa also encouraged us to spend more quality time together, which we did, and this really helped us prepare for our second baby’s birth too.”
“I can’t tell you how much better prepared we feel following our session. I am feeling calm and actually looking forward to the birth now! I feel like we have a strong ‘coping strategy’ ready and I know that my partner feels a lot better just because I am more confident. My yoga classes have complemented your session well and we’ve been doing plenty of breathing exercises so I am hoping we will be sufficiently prepared now. It was a real pleasure meeting you and please know that you have made a huge difference to my state of mind.”
“Although I had gone in to labour feeling very confident and had the birth that I had planned (a water birth free of pain relief other than gas and air) I felt traumatised by the after birth period – two further hours of labour to deliver the placenta. I attended the Birth Reflections session to try to overcome this as I didn’t want this time to overshadow the rest of the birth and affect any hopes I had of one day expanding our family further. The session was very relaxed and I came away in the knowledge that every birth is different and that just because this happened to me this time, doesn’t mean that I would have the same experience another time. The session helped me to put my experience to bed as such and helped me to achieve a level of peace.”
“The Birth Reflections session with Lisa was brilliant: just what we needed but we never would have done it without her. It really helped us both process our feelings from the birth of our daughter, talk about issues we hadn’t talked about properly before, come together to support each other and move forwards towards the birth of our next child more confidently. I would highly recommend it!”