Birth Story Magic
Please note: This workshop is on hold until we can resume in-person, unmasked workshops. If you would like to receive a referral regarding these services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: This workshop is on hold until we can resume in-person, unmasked workshops. If you would like to receive a referral regarding these services, please contact email@example.com.
The non-member rate for this workshop is $100 and the member rate is $80. Click here to purchase your membership today.
This workshop is for anyone who identifies as having had a traumatic birth, OR has anger, grief, sadness, loneliness, pain, regret, or any other painful experience around their labor, birth, or immediate postpartum experience. This could mean anger toward a birth team member, grief or fear about how something went physiologically, some kind of emotional upset within your partnership, separation from your baby... or any number of other things!
Having time and space to understand and integrate the experience of birthing a baby is essential for everyone. And for anyone with unresolved feelings or thoughts about their birth, time and space for supported processing is not only healing, but undoubtedly life changing. Through this intimate, small-group workshop, you will come to a sense of peace and empowerment about your experience of giving birth, not only through your own sharing, but by being in community and bearing witness to others.
This workshop will include:
-Embodied processing within a safe, intimate group
There are prompts to complete PRIOR to the scheduled workshop. See DETAILS Tab for further instruction.
-Many people also need support processing their birth story with a professional one-on-one (this could be a coach, therapist, midwife, or doula, depending on their training). The intention for this workshop is that each participant comes away with a transformed piece or aspect to their story. This workshop may or may not offer you ALL of the time and space you need to come to peace with your birth story. Birth is one of the most significant experiences of life -- your story will likely continue to ripen and evolve with time as will you.
-Babies in Arms welcome as needed.
-Birthers of all identities are welcome no matter how long ago you gave birth, your gender or sexuality, or any other aspect of your identity.
-Facilitators are professionals who may have their own private practice. They may use their discretion to determine whether an additional fee is needed when their expertise is solicited outside of class.
Welcome to Birth Story Magic! I welcome your unique experience of labor and birth and all that you have felt through and processed already, as well as whatever is currently arising or stirring for you around this significant and pivotal life moment. I am honored to be offering you a facilitated and guided group experience for exploring and processing your labor and birth experience in support of your ongoing journey in parenthood and personhood. Thank you for your yes to this important and hard work. Below I have included some information for how to prepare for this workshop. Please reach out if you have any questions.
Before the day of the workshop: Please set aside one hour (where you can have solitude/childcare) to write out your labor and birth experience. This does not need to be polished or edited. Please do this even if you have already written out your story, unless you have done so in the last two weeks. I deeply encourage you to write everything that wants to come up and out of you without worry for chronological order or organization. Just let every single thing that you consider to be a part of your story to be written down. Be as thorough and specific as possible, especially with the moments that feel particularly painful as well as any moments that were celebratory, joyful, or particularly beautiful for you. Please send to me by email by Friday EOD before the workshop (firstname.lastname@example.org) whatever pieces of this birth story you feel called to so that I can have a sense of what you are holding and needing support around.
On the day of the workshop: Please have stable wifi as well as privacy and/or headphones (both for confidentiality of other participants as well as your own ability to fully be with your sharing and expressing. Please plan to keep your video on to allow for the most safe and connected group experience. Please be prepared to do some journaling, guided visualization, and embodied processing within a safe, intimate group. This workshop is designed to be experiential and includes movement and active participation, and opportunities to emotionally release, so please wear comfortable clothing and have some space to move your body a bit. Please also note that this is not exactly a Birth Story Sharing Circle. We will not be going around and listening to each person's story at length, though we will definitely get a sense of each person's experience, story, and journey.
After the workshop: Even with all that will be explored and processed, many people also need support processing their birth story with a professional one-on-one (this could be a coach, therapist, midwife, or doula, depending on their training). The intention for this workshop is that each participant comes away with a transformed piece or aspect to their story. This workshop may or may not offer you ALL of the time and space you need to come to peace with your birth story. Birth is one of the most significant experiences of life -- your story will likely continue to ripen and evolve with time as will you. The workshop is designed to continue working and moving your relationship to your labor and birth well beyond our time together.
I am so looking forward to being with you for this special and sacred experience. I am wishing you so much love, connection, and support until then.
Ginny Zeppa is a parent educator and transformational coach. Through a Masters in Education, postpartum doula work, somatic psychology, and her own journey as a mother, she is devoted to understanding human development and growth. Fascinated by infancy and early life for both caregiving as well as transformational work, Ginny leans on evidence-based developmental theories as well as holistic parenting philosophies in her practice of somatic-based transformational modalities. She completed the Lifeways Early Childhood Year-Long Training in 2013 and is a founding parent at Golden Bridges School, the nation's first social-justice, Waldorf-inspired Farm school, in Mission Terrace, SF.