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Leading Birth Story Circles for Connection and Learning

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Creating empowering, safe, trauma-aware spaces for sharing birth stories

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Birth story circles can be powerful, inspiring, healing, and educational, but in order to live up to these intentions, they require mindful, trauma-aware, inclusive, skillful, courageous, and wise leadership. This online class will leave you with a new understanding of and reverence for the practice of sharing birth stories. If you lead (or are hoping to lead) birth story circles, you will come away with new insights and skills for creating memorable and positive events.

*This is part two of this class. When you sign up, you'll get instant access to the recording and handout from Part 1. Two classes for the price of one! You are strongly urged to watch that class BEFORE watching part 2, as it lays the essential foundation for our work in part 2.

Expectant and new parents, as well as birth workers, often find themselves in situations of listening to and sharing birth stories. In this live online (90-min) video class, Virginia will guide a thoughtful and substantive exploration of sharing birth stories, particularly in groups. We'll explore:

  • Creating a successful circle by setting intentions and boundaries from the start (including in your marketing and event descriptions);
  • Crucial elements of group dynamics;
  • How to compassionately guide the sharing of traumatic stories, while avoiding further trauma (in the teller) or negative responses or feelings (in the listeners);
  • Tailoring a circle just for expectant parents, or just for folks who had difficult births, or just for birth-workers.
  • Creating a safe, inclusive, and trauma-aware space;
  • Helpful and healing prompts and questions to guide group sharing;
  • Art and journaling processes to deepen reflection and learning;
  • PLUS: time for your questions and case studies.

This course is appropriate for perinatal professionals (contact hrs available), as well as for expectant and new parents, and anyone who cares about birth or listens to or tells birth stories!

Details:

  • Monday, March 30 from 5:00-6:30 pm (Pacific). *Note: please double-check your time zone: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
  • All participants receive an invitation to Virginia's private Facebook group, "Emerging Birth Stories," where there is further conversation about telling and listening to birth stories, as well as preventing and recovering from difficult, confusing, or traumatic births.
  • You'll also receive a comprehensive PDF handout.
  • Can't make it live? No problem! Watch the class recording at your convenience. All registered participants will receive a link to the recording (access for one full year!) to watch and re-watch, as well as handouts. No refunds.
  • Approved for 1.0 contact hours through the NV Board of RN (provider #NV000803). If you want a certificate of completion showing contact hours, you will need to complete and submit a short course assessment within 1 week of the live class.
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