Ep 38 – Birth as a Rite of Passage with Amelia Kriss

Redefining Motherhood
Redefining Motherhood
Ep 38 - Birth as a Rite of Passage with Amelia Kriss
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Amelia Kriss is a Drama Therapist and Certified Coach in private practice in the Bay Area, California, where she lives with her husband and two powerhouse daughters. She works primarily with recovering people-pleasers and "Nice" girls who are ready to deconstruct self-shrinking patterns, and find more ease & joy.

 Amelia is also deeply committed to Birth Story Medicine work; helping birthing parents integrate, and move forward from, unresolved issues connected to the experience of giving birth. She believes that supporting parents through birthing as a rite of passage is an important (and too often missing) piece of creating healthier & happier families.

 Amelia is also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and a director for therapeutic theatre. She is deeply interested in the connection between our personal healing journeys and our collective liberation.

 What we discuss in this episode:

  • Amelia shares her own postpartum journey and the moment her husband asked her how she was. Her answer surprised her and helps to frame her transition into motherhood.
  • What it really means when we get the message after a birth that says "Mom and Baby are healthy and happy."
  • Why it is so important to prepare birthing people for the psychological and spiritual identity changes that come with the physical experience of birth. 
  • Why the information preparing families have access to leans towards one of two extremes and why both sides are just not complete. "Most of us hold both sides; fear AND trust."
  • Growing humans is a bad-ass thing and we are strong enough to think about, and prepare for, all potential outcomes.
  • What it means to be "empowered" as a parent. You have life experiences you can draw on as you prepare for birth. And how birth is like going on a hike.
  • Amelia shares about her Group Coaching program – how she designed and it and how it will help expectant parents.
  • How society steers us wrong in birth and motherhood and why Redefining Motherhood exists. How motherhood is not a role or an archetype but an experience.
  • Lynn shares the experience that jolted her out of "survival mode" in motherhood.
  • Amelia connects for us that there is a level of death/change/rebirth that takes place in the transition into motherhood. How it is mixed and messy and dynamic. How there is a ying and yang. 

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