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LamazeLIVE 2019: Transformed by Birth - Preparing Parents for the Life-Changing Experience of New Parenthood

LamazeLIVE 2019: Transformed by Birth - Preparing Parents for the Life-Changing Experience of New Parenthood

LamazeLIVE 2019: Transformed by Birth - Preparing Parents for the Life-Changing Experience of New Parenthood

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Launch date: 13 May 2019
Expiry Date: 13 May 2022

Last updated: 13 May 2019

Reference: 193953

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Identity transformation is to be expected and prepared for during the prenatal period, and childbirth educators can help parents navigate the process using metaphor and storytelling. During this session, you will learn two powerful stories of identity reconfiguration, including the metamorphic transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. You will also learn some of the cultural trends heightening postpartum expectations, including denigration of vulnerability, adherence to innocence, quest for perfection, overabundance of information leading to a heightened belief in the illusion of control, and aversion to discussions of death.

Participants may earn 0.5 Lamaze Contact Hours.


Learner will identify ways childbirth educators may inadvertently build unrealistic postpartum expectations
I. Building in Control and Certainty
A. Heavy use of details, statistics, charts, and technology
B. Due Dates
Learner will describe different cultural ideals and trends adding to the unrealistic expectations shared by most new parents.
A. Inundation of information and technology
B. Reverence for order rather than wildness
C. Glorification of independence
D. Adherence to innocence
E. Denial of hardship, pain, and death
F. Quest for perfection
Learn the power of using stories and metaphor with parents to create learning that lasts.
A. Metamorphic process of the caterpillar to butterfly
i. How each phase is like part of the process of becoming a parent
ii. Caterpillar/pregnancy
iii. Chrysalis/postpartum
iv. Butterfly/parenthood
B. Science of storytelling
i. The brain and memory
ii. Oxytocin and storytelling

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on behalf of Lamaze International

Using cultural mythology and ritual preparation, Dr. Bushnell challenges hidden preconceptions and helps individuals, couples, and birth professionals cultivate new ways to approach life’s most important transitions. Having worked with new families for almost two decades, Dr. Bushnell blends her professional experience of the childbearing year with her doctoral study in mythology and psychology bringing a fresh approach to an age-old human experience. In addition to her group workshops and private coaching practice, she is writing her first book: TRANSFORMED BY BIRTH: Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life-Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood.

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Educational Planner: Jessica Deeb, MS, RN, WHNP-BC, IBCLC, LCCE

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