childBirth Counseling: Healing and Integrating Your Birth Experience


Along with the joy of starting life with their new baby, the reality is that most mothers need physical and emotional healing from their birth experience.

Research shows that having the opportunity to "Sit with," reflect on, and process what happened during labor and delivery has an enormous impact on a mother's sense of well-being, how well she bonds with your baby, and how she feels about facing future births.

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If the necessary attention, nurturing, time and space are given to process your birth, then any difficulties which may have occured in labor or early postpartum can be healed, transmuted, and integrated

Your Go-To for holistic emotional and logistical support after you have given Birth.

This exploration may include facing the grief, sadness, or disappointment that you feel after a birth experience did not go how you imagined or hoped that it would, as having feelings of disappointment, sadness, anger or confusion about your birth is perfectly normal. Feeling these difficult emotions does not mean that you love your baby any less, or that you are not grateful that you have a healthy baby. With the excitement and intensity of giving birth, all too often mothers aren't able to fully integrate their experience, and any unpleasant feelings are "put on the shelf," while everyone says, "at least the baby is healthy."

Even if your labor was not traumatic, simply having a birth experience that did not match your expectations can be difficult to process. Regardless of the outcome, it is still highly likely that it was one of the most intense, challenging and transformative experience of your life. This in itself merits that attention be given to process your birth so you can positively grow and integrate the experience.

Preparing for subsequent births and processing your birth(s) after baby has grown

Many women find that they experience intense feelings and fears which rise to the surface when facing the birth of their next child. Whether you are unsure about giving birth in a hospital or home again, are preparing for a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC), or are just having general feelings of fear and apprehension as you prepare to give birth again--there is incredible power and benefit that comes when you attend to these thoughts, fears and emotions.  


GIVING THE SPACE TO PROCESS AND HEAL, EVEN YEARS AFTER YOUR PRIOR BIRTH EXPERIENCE, CAN BE AN ENORMOUS BENEFIT TO YOUR NEXT PREGNANCY AND BIRTH EXPERIENCE, or to your life after you're done having children. NOT ONLY CAN YOU RELEASE FEAR AND HEAL SOME OF YOUR UNRESOLVED PAIN RELATED TO YOUR BIRTH, YOU CAN ALSO CREATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH MORE STRENGTH, TOOLS AND CONFIDENCE.


We also provide Postnatal Counseling in the comfort of your home. 

Having Brooke come to our house after our son was born was the best thing that we could have done. It was so helpful! I was exhausted, trying to get the hang of breastfeeding, still reeling and recovering from the labor, and just plain overwhelmed. Not only did talking to Brooke made me feel so much better, but she also helped us troubleshoot and find solutions and resources for the struggles we were having.

Interested in scheduling a Birth Processing & Healing Session?

Email integralpregnancy@gmail.com or call us at (707) 773-7786. 

Legal Disclaimer: The California Health Freedom Act was signed into law on September 23, 2002. This bill allows full practice of alternative methods by non-licensed individuals, within certain clearly defined parameters. As of January 1, 2003, alternative practitioners are allowed to practice freely in California. The practitioner of Integral Pregnancy & Childbirth Services is neither a licensed physician/midwife nor a licensed psychotherapist. Clients are advised that Integral Pregnancy & Childbirth Services do not substitute for the advice, treatment and/or diagnosis of a qualified licensed health care professional.