Education

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

Track: Postpartum Health

Session Number: 1052
Date: Sat, Apr 13th, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Description:

Through the use of metaphor and storytelling, childbirth educators can help parents navigate the transformative process of becoming a new parent. Identity transformation is to be expected and prepared for during the prenatal period. This keynote will address the metaphor of the metamorphic transformation from caterpillar to butterfly as well as another powerful archetypal story of identity reconfiguration that educators can share with their students. In addition, this presentation will educate participants about some of the cultural trends adding to the high expectations about postpartum—including the denigration of vulnerability, adherence to innocence, the quest for perfection, the overabundance of information via the internet which has led to a heightened belief in the illusion of control, and the aversion to discussions of death, even those symbolic in nature.
Session Type: 30-minute Keynote

Learning Objective(s): 1) Identify ways childbirth educators may inadvertently build unrealistic postpartum expectations.
2) Learn the metamorphic transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly as a useful metaphor to be used with expecting parents.
3) Describe different cultural ideals and trends adding to the unrealistic expectations shared by most new parents.
Session Type: 30-minute Keynote

Learning Objective(s): 1) Identify ways childbirth educators may inadvertently build unrealistic postpartum expectations.
2) Learn the metamorphic transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly as a useful metaphor to be used with expecting parents.
3) Describe different cultural ideals and trends adding to the unrealistic expectations shared by most new parents.

Presenters

Primary Presenter
Britta Bushnell, PhD
Author
Transformed by Birth