Birth debriefing can be a starting point to begin to understand, and process grief and loss associated with your birth, allowing for integration and healing over time.
The way women birth matters. Recent statistics reveal increasing rates of women who experience complicated and traumatic births. This can also be a result of how women felt during pregnancy and after their birth experiences, not just the birth. It is important that a woman feels safe & supported, nurtured, cared for, respected and listened to throughout her pregnancy, during and following the birth, that will allow her to move forward confidently into her journey as a mother. If this experience was not one that felt safe, respected and cared for, women can experience a range of feelings and symptoms that can have long-lasting effects and contribute to perinatal anxiety and depression.
Birth debriefing can be a starting point towards being able to understand, process and integrate your birth experience, which supports healing and change over time. A birth debrief may also benefit from further exploration of the emotions and feelings connected to your birth experience over a number of sessions.
Rhea Dempsey offers both couples and individual counselling, as well as birth debriefing. ($120 per hour, $220 for two hour birth debrief or education session) She offers appointments on the second Wednesday of each month at MAMA Kensington.