Healing Birth Stories

A workshop designed to support mothers who have experienced a difficult or negative birth, birth shock or birth trauma, or have struggled to resolve their births. This workshop will provide a space for women to share and heal from their experiences. The two-hour session will include discussion, time for reflection, and other exercises. Leave feeling supported, empowered, and more at peace with your birth. $50/person. Scholarships available.

Next session to be announced soon
Parenting Oasis
3901 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis

Questions, contact Sarina LaMarche at sarinalamarche@yahoo.com.

Maureen Campion, psychologist, marriage counselor, and director of Parenting Oasis, specializes in supporting the transition to parenthood.She is the mother of three sons. She can be reached at maureencampion2000@gmail.com and mnvalleypsychologists.com.

Sarina LaMarche is a Life and Wellness Coach with a master’s degree in psychology. She is dedicated to helping mothers find energy, balance, and peace in their lives. As a mother, she knows the importance of nurturing the mind, body, and spirit. She can be reached at sarinalamarche@yahoo.com and onebalancedlife.com.

What is birth trauma?

Some women experience events during childbirth (as well as in pregnancy or immediately after birth) that would traumatize any normal person. For other women, it is not always the sensational or dramatic events that trigger childbirth trauma but other factors such as loss of control, loss of dignity, the hostile or difficult attitudes of the people around them, feelings of not being heard or the absence of informed consent to medical procedures.

Factors may include-

  • Lengthy labor or short and very painful labor
  • Induction
  • Poor pain relief
  • Feelings of loss of control
  • High levels of medical intervention
  • Traumatic or emergency deliveries, e.g. emergency caesarean section
  • Impersonal treatment or problems with the staff attitudes
  • Not being listened to
  • Lack of information or explanation
  • Lack of privacy and dignity
  • Fear for baby’s safety
  • Baby’s stay in NICU
  • Poor postnatal care
  • Previous trauma (i.e., in childhood, with a previous birth or domestic violence)

Adapted from The Birth Trauma Association.