BRITTA BUSHNELL, PHD
Dr. Britta Bushnell is an award-winning childbirth educator, celebrated speaker, and specialist in guiding audiences to revolutionary new approaches to childbirth, relationship, and parenting. Having worked with new families for almost two decades, Britta blends her experience in the childbearing year with her doctoral study in mythology and psychology, bringing a fresh approach to an age-old human experience.
Using cultural mythology and ritual preparation, Britta challenges hidden preconceptions and helps clients and audiences cultivate new ways to approach life’s most important transitions.
Britta is an engaging teacher, speaker, and presenter. Whether addressing a room of expectant parents, new mothers, or seasoned birth professionals, Britta has a way of captivating and inspiring them all. She has presented at conferences such as DONA International, MANA, and ICEA (April 2018). Additionally, Britta has been featured on several popular podcasts including Informed Pregnancy, Birthful and Atomic Moms. In 2016, in recognition of her transformative childbirth classes, Britta was awarded "Educator of the Year" by the Southern California Doula Association (DASC).
Background & Training
Britta spent more than a decade with the organization Birthing From Within where she led trainings, ran the mentor program, taught classes for parents, and developed curricula alongside author and founder, Pam England. In addition to her experience in the field of childbirth, Britta holds a doctorate in mythological studies.
An avid student as well as teacher, Britta has attended workshops and trainings with many birth experts such as Ina May Gaskin, Dr. Michel Odent, Phyllis Klaus, Dr. Sarah Buckley, Robbie Davis-Floyd, and many others. Additionally, she has practiced yoga since the early ‘90’s and began her professional career as the general manager of the world-famous Yoga Works in Santa Monica. Always hungry to deepen her own wisdom, Britta has studied with thought-leaders from varied disciplines including: author Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Women Who Run With the Wolves); relationship and polarity experts David Deida, Sofia Diaz, and Michaela Boehm; ritual specialist Dr. Ronald Grimes; Tina Stromsted, Meg Wilbur, and Dorothy Anderson of the Marion Woodman Foundation; Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche; Jack Zimmerman and others at the Ojai Foundation council program; Solution-Focused Brief Therapy expert Teri Pichot; and numerous experts in the field of yoga.
"Britta, you are an incredibly gifted and hard working teacher. You have such an unique way of allowing us to access the information using our own thoughts and analysis, and your intuitive sense of when to push and when to wait is truly special."
When not pursuing her passions for childbirth, myth, and ritual, you can likely find Britta on the mountain slopes attempting to keep up with her husband, Brent, and their teenage sons, Kaden and Rumiah, or navigating time with her large extensive, extended family (she has seven siblings and her children have eight grandparents!). Britta and her immediate family took an epic eleven-month around-the-world voyage traveling to 38 countries in 2013 and all four share a deep love of travel which leads them to find creative ways to incorporate travel into their time as a family.
Dr. Britta Bushnell is a writer, teacher, storyteller, and mentor who blends her eclectic training, years of experience, and areas of study into a unique offering for individuals, couples, professionals, and groups. Britta is currently deep at work writing her forthcoming book, Transformed by Birth: Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life-Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood.
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Britta is quite simply one of the best teachers I have ever had for any subject.