In this episode, Susan and Michelle discuss:

  • The role of a doula
  • Defining trauma within birth
  • Practices to help support a new family

Key Takeaways:

  • Doula’s help bring intimacy and safety to the start of life
  • Stress during pregnancy and delivery has a huge impact on the child, even physiologically
  • Finding the tools to mitigate stress is key

There is a sad statistic 35-50% of women experience birth trauma, 2.5%-9% will experience birth related PTSD, and many pre and perinatal psychologists feel that the birth trauma for babies is epidemic right now. That sets the stage. How are you treated the very moment that you take your [first] breath?” —  Michelle Smith

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Twitter: @susandascenzi

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