This week we are talking with Jennifer Summerfeldt.  Jennifer holds an MA in Counselling Psychology and has nearly two decades of experience in maternal health and psychology. In addition to being a counsellor and a coach, Jennifer has also been a childbirth advocate, maternal educator, doula, midwifery apprentice, and published writer. She uses her expertise and voice to help advance the dialogue on motherhood, mental health, and healing.  Listen as Jennifer shares her birth stories, healing from birth trauma, and support she hopes all birthing women receive. 

 

Listen as Jennifer shares how: 

  • As her children age, she’s needed to pull back and let them think on their own.
  • Becoming a mother & life experiences have led her to her work now.
  • Physiological  & instinctive birth influenced her birthing decisions.
  • She made the decision to have a free birth.
  • Fear eked its way into her pregnancy & birth.
  • Despite her liberated free birth, she had a very traumatic postpartum.
  • Her symptoms of trauma weren’t immediate.
  • Steps towards healing birth trauma.
  • Types of support that would decrease birth trauma.

 

QUOTABLES:

“It’s no longer okay for me to tell them how they need to think, and what they need to do because I’m afraid.  It’s more important for me to tell them I’m afraid.” – Jennifer Summerfeldt

“Either you’ve had incredibly empowering birth experiences and they want to share it with the world or you’ve had incredibly traumatic experiences and they want to share it with the world to prevent it from happening.” – Jennifer Summerfeldt

“Often mother’s want people to know about this thing [birth] that we don’t talk enough about.” – Jennifer Summerfeldt

“If there is something that is still feeling emotionally or physiologically unsettled and undone, if there’s an emptiness or gap, or grief that needs to be processed, acknowledge and allow that.” – Jennifer Summerfeldt 

 

LINKS FROM SHOW:

Healing After Birth by Jennifer Summerfeldt (Book)

Healing After Birth – Jennifer’s Online Courses

Sacred Story Keeper – Jennifer’s Course for Doulas

 

MORE FROM JENNIFER:

Jennifer’s Website

Healing After Birth by Jennifer Summerfeldt (Book)

Healing After Birth Podcast

Healing After Birth – Jennifer’s Online Courses

Sacred Story Keeper – Jennifer’s Course for Doulas

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