TRANSFORMED BY BIRTH:
Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life-Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood
by Britta Bushnell, PhD
Transformed by Birth is unique among birth books, as it does not espouse a single right way to give birth. Instead, it shares ideas and practical exercises that prepare you for birth, your birth, regardless of the way you want your birth to go or the way it actually occurs. This new book embraces birth as a transformational experience—a rite of passage in which new parents are initiated by opening to the unbidden, embodying their own wisdom, and gaining freedom from our often-stifling cultural ideals.
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Current birthing practices...
focus on the outcome and location of birth: surgical or vaginal, medicated or unmedicated, hospital or home. Little focus is placed on the multivalent experience of body, mind, spirit and emotion. The loss of the ideal, no matter what it is, traumatizes or victimizes a birthing parent. Focus on outcome ignores the importance of the transformations that go beyond the physical expulsion of a baby from a parent’s body.
Influencing our decisions and actions are highly ingrained cultural ideals operating in the background, often without our conscious awareness. The seven American ideals addressed in this book include our need for control and certainty, vilification of pain, and reverence for technology and intellectual knowledge, among others. Cultural ideals dictate behavior and keep us trapped, even while we are looking for a new or different way to find meaning and comfort in this highly transformative experience.