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Transformed by Birth: Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood

Transformed by Birth: Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood

by Britta Bushnell Ph.D.


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"Britta, you are a master at what you do." P!NK, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter

As expecting parents, you’re bombarded with more information—and opinions—than ever about the “right” approach to pregnancy and childbirth. How do you navigate this ocean of information—not only to find the best practical solutions for you personally, but also to embrace this incredible opportunity for emotional and spiritual transformation that comes from bringing a child into this world? With Transformed by Birth, Dr. Britta Bushnell has created the transformative, intelligent, and empowering pregnancy and childbirth guide you’ve been waiting for.

This book embraces birth as a metamorphic experience—a rite of passage in which you are initiated by opening to the unbidden, embodying your own wisdom, and gaining freedom from limiting beliefs.

Our culture has inundated us with limiting ideals that prevent us from fully engaging in the journey of pregnancy and childbirth—including a need for control and certainty, vilification of pain, and reverence for technology and intellectual knowledge, among others. Dr. Bushnell helps you clear away unwanted beliefs and behaviors so you can open to the meaning and power of this uniquely life-changing experience. Here she offers daily practices, rituals, exercises, and more to help you cultivate resilience, power, and connection during this transformative time.

Childbirth is more than just having a baby. Transformed by Birth invites you to discover childbirth as a transformational experience that alters your knowing of who you are and lasts long after pregnancy and birth are over.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683644064
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 486,493
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Britta Bushnell, PhD, is a wife and mother, veteran childbirth educator, celebrated speaker, mythologist, and specialist in childbirth, couples, and parenting. For the last 20 years, Dr. Bushnell has worked with individuals and couples as they prepare for the life-changing experience of giving birth. Her work with parents has been enriched by her doctoral work in mythology and psychology, her years spent as a co-owner of Birthing from Within, as well as her dedicated study of solution-focused brief therapy, storytelling, and embodiment to help romantic partnerships thrive even during parenthood. For more, visit

Table of Contents

Introduction No Right Way to Birth 1

Part I Preparing for the Journey

1 Birth as a Meaning-Making Experience 11

2 Start Where You Are 21

Part II Birth and Culture-Eight Cultural Ideals

3 Prepare to Be Unprepared 29

4 Too Much Information! 47

5 Into the Wilderness 71

6 The Four-Letter Word 93

7 Partners on the journey to Birth 115

8 Someone's Parent 139

9 What Happens in the Cocoon 153

10 You Do Not Have to Be Perfect 173

Part III On the Other Side of Birth

11 The Early Days of Parenthood 195

12 Transformed Parenthood 213

13 Couples Who Are Parents 231

14 Integrating Your Transformation 251

Epilogue 269

Acknowledgments 271

Notes 275

Index 285

Permissions 291

About the Author 295

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