This episode features Anna Verwaal, a maternal-child health nurse, conscious conception & birth consultant, midwifery, nursing and doula instructor, primal period & childbirth educator, UCLA certified lactation educator, and birth photographer from the Netherlands. After a 25-year nursing career in various countries in obstetric, pediatric, neonatal and home-health settings, she preferred to work with families and babies as an educator and started her own private birth consulting practice in Los Angeles, attending homebirths for over 10 years. In this episode you’ll learn about:
- Anna’s background and how she got into birth work
- How babies are impacted by their conception, gestation, and birth
- How our own births set patterns in our lives and why it’s important to recognize and heal our own trauma to avoid passing it along to our children (or to our patients, for those who are care providers)
- Conscious conception
- Many stories from Anna’s practice/experience that illustrate these concepts
- Resources mentioned:
- Babies Remember Birth by Dr. David Chamberlain
- APPPAH – The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health
- Anna’s TedxTalk From Womb to World
- The movie IN UTERO
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
- The work of Bruce Lipton, PhD
- The documentary The Business of Being Born
- The resource list from Anna’s website
- Click here for Anna’s contact info and to contact her for a Skype session!
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