Childbirth, Hurricanes, and Faith: Taking Refuge in the Unknown

By Dr. Britta Bushnell | October 25, 2016

“Faith is taking refuge in the Unknown.” ~Adyashanti I listened to a podcast this morning and had to pause it when I heard this quote. Like many childbirth professionals, listening takes on a few different forms: personal and “how does this relate to childbirth.” It is as if I have different ears and processing centers…

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On This Day…Sharing Birth Stories

By Dr. Britta Bushnell | October 15, 2016

My birth story. Fourteen years ago today I was precisely 40 weeks pregnant with our second child. Yep, it was my estimated due date. It was also the day after we had new sod go in our newly landscaped backyard. Frustrating the avid gardener in me, the landscapers did not “tamp down” the new grass,…

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The Myth of Self-Care

By Dr. Britta Bushnell | October 8, 2016

I often hear new parents, especially new mothers, talk about the importance of self-care. Birth professionals also drive home the need for new mothers to take care of themselves. And while I agree it is important to take care of oneself even while caring for a child, we can also use it against ourselves as…

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Things Don’t Always Go as Planned or Expected

By Dr. Britta Bushnell | June 6, 2016

For the last three months I have been eagerly awaiting June 4th, the day I would get to welcome a group of birth worker sisters to my workshop space and home for a sisterhood retreat and sleepover. Together and individually we prepared for our time together: gathered necessary items, planned our time, prepared the space,…

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Dissertation Abstract–Forceps and Candles: Cultural Myths in American Childbirth

By Dr. Britta Bushnell | January 23, 2016

I finished my dissertation last fall and successfully defended it earning my doctorate in December. I thought it might be nice to include my dissertation abstract here for those interested in the topic I spent the last several years researching and writing. Enjoy. ABSTRACT Forceps and Candles: Cultural Myths in American Childbirth Current birthing practices…

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Nurturing Charitable Giving in Children

By Dr. Britta Bushnell | December 8, 2014

When I thought about my kids before they were even born, I had ideas, like most moms-to-be that my kids would be good kids, loving and caring. I knew I wanted them to be warm and be able to feel deeply into the lives of those less fortunate. I wanted my kids to want to…

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Mentoring works both ways

By Dr. Britta Bushnell | October 9, 2014

Last night was class #6. That’s the grand finale, filled with lots of great experiences to send the parents off ready for the adventure of childbirth and new parenthood. I’ve been doing this a long time, almost 13 years now, and you could say that for the most part I can push the play button…

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Meaningful Ritual of Weddings and the Alchemical Heat of Marriage

By Dr. Britta Bushnell | July 19, 2014

Yesterday was my wedding anniversary, 16 years married to a great man. The Strange thing is we don’t really even acknowledge our wedding anniversary preferring instead to honor our first date as the special day of relationship celebration. So it wasn’t strange really when Brent’s annual men’s backpacking trip found itself scheduled in such a…

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The labor of dissertation writing

By Dr. Britta Bushnell | March 10, 2014

It seems fitting to be writing my dissertation on birth. Yes, I’ve been working in the field of childbirth in one way or another since 1999, but that’s not to what I’m referring. No, this is far more metaphorical in nature. In fact, there is no single metaphor more fitting for the journey of dissertation…

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He’s Grown New Feathers Enabling Farther Flight

By Dr. Britta Bushnell | December 7, 2013

Our boy is off for the ISEE (the standardized test used by private schools the way the SAT is used by colleges and universities). We chose to have him attend a small alternative public school in part because he gets stressed out by tests and frankly the word “test” means something completely different when you…

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Gestating Our Journey: Re-entry After a Year of Traveling

By Dr. Britta Bushnell | November 11, 2013

I guess it should be no surprise that I didn’t do a single post in October. Yes, it was a busy month, but I think it had more to do with how I was holding the trip last month. In many ways, I wasn’t. Re-entry took precedence over gestation. There is a difference. We’ve been…

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When the Tentacles are Gone and I am Left with Myself

By Dr. Britta Bushnell | September 30, 2013

It hit me while we were in Tuscany this summer, that now with my graduate course work done, I would no longer have three day school trips to mark my month and give me two nights a month in a hotel room, ALONE. That obligatory time away was over even if the amount of work…

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