Access to technology is an ever-present modern experience. No time in history have we had such easy access to information as we do today. Why then do parents struggle more than ever with how to birth, care for their baby, and generally make their way through the myriad of “right ways?” As a culture, we have a veritable encyclopedia of information in our back pockets in the form of our smartphones. Gone are the moments of wondering how to best handle a situation or a question; if we are unsure, we simply “Google it.” We have become more uncomfortable pausing in the increasingly unfamiliar space of not knowing. The rapid motion to find the answer (as if ONE exists) has quieted the voice of our intuition making it submissive to other sources for guiding our actions, harder to hear, and seemingly less trustable.
Birth professionals have a unique role to play in helping parents find ways to re-engage with their intuition. By watching the ways we act as the all-knowing expert from which right answers flow and learning instead to adopt more curiosity about what the parent knows, wants to know, and what they think would be best for them, birth professionals can go a long way to helping parents listen to their own wisdom.
In this one-hour session, we will identify the way technology and information have reduced parents’ familiarity with wonder, not-knowing, and uncertainty, and increased their dependency on outside knowledge through the internet or experts in their field. Additionally, we will learn new ways birth professionals can support parents in developing a stronger sense of their own wisdom, preparing them to be stronger and more resilient birthing individuals and parents.
- Track: Choice
- Presentation Level: Intermediate/Advanced
- Identify the role information and technology is playing in the loss of intuition.
- Pitfalls childbirth professionals fall into in keeping parents dependent on outside knowledge and therefore paralyzed to act alone.
- Ways to engage parents’ intuition even when giving them information from the role as the childbirth/breastfeeding/newborn expert.
- Learn and practice asking questions that engage parents’ inner wisdom.
Dr. Britta Bushnell is an award-winning childbirth educator, celebrated speaker, mother, and specialist in teaching audiences to revolutionary new approaches to childbirth, relationship, and parenting. Britta blends her two decades of experience guiding new families with her doctoral study in mythology and psychology, bringing a fresh approach to an age-old human experience. Using her skill as a writer, teacher, storyteller, and mentor, Britta challenges hidden preconceptions to help clients and audiences cultivate new ways to approach life’s most important transitions.
Britta’s presentations at conferences such as DONA International or MANA, and her interviews on popular podcasts including Birthful, Informed Pregnancy, and Atomic Moms, have received rave reviews. In 2016 Britta was awarded “Educator of the Year” by the Southern California Doula Association (DASC). She is currently at work writing her forthcoming book, Transformed by Birth: Illuminating Cultural Ideals to Enhance the Experience of Childbirth.