When I began my work as a doula and a therapist, I did not expect to process traumatic birth stories with clients. In the infancy stages of both of those paths, I was under the impression that most people had the birth experience they wanted to. As a full-spectrum perinatal therapist, I have now seen the full range of labor experiences and outcomes and different they look for each family. In Asheville, there are so many wonderful, empowering resources for parents to learn and prepare for birth and the early postpartum period. AND, there are times when birth does not go the way we hope it will, and that’s hard. Sometimes we do everything we can to prepare and we feel confident and inspired about the process, and sometimes things happen outside of our control and we feel overwhelmed, fearful, and inadequate. It is also entirely possible for a birthing person to have their baby in the way that they had planned, and later feel that they didn’t have the support they needed or they were scared during the process. Birth trauma is in the eye of the beholder, and no one gets to judge whether the birth was difficult or perfect or peaceful, except for the person giving birth. For more information about birth trauma, go here to read a previous blog post and learn about resources.

When Ali and I began to discuss what it would be like to create a group specifically for exploring birth trauma using art therapy modalities, it came together so quickly and beautifully that we knew it had to happen. The group combines psychoeducation around birth trauma with art therapy prompts in a supportive, comfortable environment. We are excited to begin our group soon. Registration is open here. We would love for you to join us! 

What: Healing From Birth Trauma 3-Week Series

When: Tuesdays, June 13th, 20th, and 27th, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: 44 Merrimon Avenue in downtown Asheville. Free parking in the lot behind the building.

Cost: $200 for the 3-week series, including all materials and snacks