If you’ve experienced reproductive trauma, then you know the real, raw side of family-building---and you know that it’s not always pretty or easy. Do you like to talk about your experience? It may seem normal to want to hide from the reality because it’s tough, but there is a real need to share our stories. There is something innate within us that is meant to thrive on storytelling, and it’s an empowering way to find healing from your trauma.
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Why storytelling is an important part of history and human culture
Don’t feel like you must hide from your story anymore!
Research supports the positive impact of storytelling on the emotional and physical aspects of health
The stigma you may feel around your story that “doesn’t fit” or have a happy result
The basis of the gentle progression into storytelling: safety first, and then the emotional work
Why we resist the idea of sharing our story
The goal: to unclog and release
Why being inauthentic creates more stress in the body
The benefits of empathy and compassion you develop from hearing your own story
The tendency women have to blame themselves for the trauma: “It’s MY fault.”
Telling your story gives you the chance to re-author your story to create a more empowering version of what you’ve been through
Three phases: journaling, composing the story, and sharing the story
Your story is flexible and will evolve and change over time
How to start telling your story: “Don’t be afraid to start with the mirror.”
It’s about creating the change your body is looking for in order to heal
Integrate your trauma into who you are, so you can recall it from a place of pride and confidence.
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