Birth trauma is real and it can happen to women even when they've have done everything in their power to NOT have it happen, and it's NOT their fault! If you are wondering what you can do to avoid it OR you have experienced birth trauma and want to know how to heal from it, tune in this week!
Karina Robinson, childbirth educator, doula, and almost midwife 😏 joins me as we walk through what causes birth trauma, how your birth partner can identify when you've experienced it, and how to avoid it with several different tools!
I am a trained, certified, and skilled professional doula in the height of my life’s passion. I am in my element when, after weeks of preparation and education, I see a woman and her partner share a secret, knowing look of shimmering emotion that shows all their hard work paid off, in one of life’s most precious moments. This moment is further enhanced for me when the woman’s partner has been encouraged and taught how to help and has been a key element in the pregnancy and labor process, without which, things may have turned out much differently. I feel very strongly about being an advisor to birthing women so they can have the birth they intend, without unnecessary interventions due to lack of knowledge or support.
My goal as a doula is simply to improve birth – by helping to reduce physical and emotional trauma, by empowering women through knowledge and practice, and to advocate for safer birth experiences led by a woman’s own body.
I have had all three of my children in the hospital: un-medicated, Cesarean section, and un-medicated VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). I believe that regardless of circumstance, all births can be beautiful. I also have personal and professional experience with high-risk pregnancy, diabetes during pregnancy, and VBACs. I can skillfully educate on things that others may not have reason to know.
I have experience supporting un-medicated, breech, twins, VBAC, VBA2C, VBAMC, special scars, medicated, surrogacy, diabetes during pregnancy, and cesarean births.
1:17 - Our reviewer of the week, Keziah S., shares that even though she found the podcast in her third trimester, she binged all the episodes (and had her husband binge them too!), and had an incredible birth thanks to putting this knowledge to work!
5:15 - Karina introduces herself and tells a little about her family and background.
6:50 - What is birth trauma?
7:49 - Karina gives examples of birth trauma and what this looks like for moms during labor.
9:13 - How to avoid birth trauma in the first place. There are a couple of things that every mom can do, beginning right now to set yourself up for success during your pregnancy and birth.