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:

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.
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