June 25, 2024

Why We Want to Control Pregnancy, Birth and Parenthood with Dr. Britta Bushnell

Today, we’re delving into a universal experience: the challenge of control. Have you ever wondered why it can be so hard to let things organically happen? Or questioned what it is that’s behind the desire to control in the first place? As much as it would be fabulous to control everything, it simply isn’t possible. And, you guessed it; this rings especially true in pregnancy and parenthood. 

Today on Yoga| Birth| Babies, I have with me Dr. Britta Bushnell to have this conversation. Britta is the author of Transformed by Birth, a childbirth educator, a mentor to other birth professionals, and a now 3rd-time guest on this podcast!

Throughout this conversation, we dive into the ins and outs of control: why we want it, how we try to get it, how it shows up as we prepare for pregnancy and beyond, and whether or not it actually serves us to have it. Furthermore, we explore the idea of how to stoke the curiosity of something without trying to manage it in a certain way. So join us as we unpack these layers, promising a conversation that will leave you with a new sense of awareness.

Resources: Transformed by Birth by Britta Bushnell

In this episode, you will learn: 

  • About Britta and how she got into birth work
  • The work she is doing now
  • Britta’s impression of how society currently views birth and how has that changed through the past two decades she has been in the birth world
  • Britta’s take on how the reliance on getting quick answers through online searches and social media has impacted the way people are preparing for pregnancy and birth
  • How she thinks having so much information- and sometimes conflicting information – affects one’s ability to trust oneself and their instincts
  • How she is seeing the thirst to be in control show up in pregnancy and birth
  • Ways she encourages clients and those she works with to start embracing letting go of control and accepting the messiness of pregnancy and parenthood
  • One final tip of advice Britta would like to offer new and expectant parents
  • Where you can find her work

Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com

About Britta:

Dr. Britta Bushnell (she/her) is a wife, mother, new grandma(!), author of Transformed by Birth, childbirth educator, a relationship guide for couples, and mentor to other birth professionals. She is also a celebrated speaker, ritualist, and mythologist, in addition to being a bit of a goofball and a born potty mouth. Her clientele ranges from everyday individuals to A-list celebrity couples. As a specialist in childbirth, relationship, and parenting for over 20 years, Dr. Bushnell has worked with individuals and couples as they prepare for the life-changing experience of giving birth and becoming parents.

When not working with parents, Britta loves spending time with her husband Brent and their adult children (when they are available), adventuring in the mountains, playing games, having deep conversations, or traveling the world and sometimes all at the same time.

Connect with Britta:

Website: brittabushnell.com

IG: @brittabushnellphd

FB: Britta Brushnell

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