Healing Your Birth Story, with Pam England

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #150

(Renewed! Originally #49)

Birth does its own thing, and often it’s harder than expected, even for women whose experience matched their birth plan. Is there a way to prevent emotional birth trauma? How about heal birth trauma? Pam England from Birthing From Within tells us more.


To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Play.

Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google Play MusicListen on Spotify


What we talked about:

  • The importance of acknowledging emotional birth trauma
  • Choose your listener carefully
  • Creating emotional healing after a difficult birth
  • The 9 phases of a birth story, as it goes through healing
  • Going beyond the medical story: finding your own meaning
  • Is the sharing of birth stories helpful?
  • How to listen to a birth story
  • Why healing your story can take years
  • Do you carry your story in your body as well?
  • Healing is not just for traumatic births
  • Ways to prevent or reduce birth trauma
  • Are birth plans useless?
  • Questioning what you really need as you prepare for birth
  • Letting go of expectations
  • The importance of compassionate birth education
  • Embracing discomfort and uncertainty


This episode is brought to you by the Simply Breastfeeding prenatal breastfeeding course.

Get 15%off when you use the code BIRTHFUL

And also by

 Megan Othling, of



Helpful resources & links*:


Doulas: join me for
in Sunnyvale, CA (CLICK HERE for more info)


Related Birthful Episodes:


This episode is also brought to you by the Expectful meditation app.

Learn more and sign up for a free two-week trial at expectful.com/birthful


Pam England from Birthin From Within explores Healing Birth Trauma - Birthful Podcast

Courtesy of Pam England

[mark]About Pam England[/mark]

Pam received her nurse-midwifery education from the Frontier School of Family Nursing and Midwifery in Hyden, Kentucky, and was certified by the American College of Nurse Midwifery (1979). She practiced midwifery for 16 years in hospital, birth center, and home birth settings. She also has a master’s in psychology-counseling with an emphasis on birth-related psychology, from Antioch University (1986). Inspired by her own birth experiences, Pam developed Birthing From Within, which is an innovative, holistic approach to childbirth and postpartum preparation.

She is also the author of the book, Birthing from Within written in 1998, and the more recent Ancient Map for Modern Birth: Preparation, Passage, and Personal Growth for Your Childbearing Year.

Presently she is teaching courses on birth as a heroic journey, the healing power of telling Great Stories, and her Birth Story Medicine® process

Pam is the mother of two grown sons, one born via cesarean birth, and the other at home. Each birth experience gave her insight, humility, compassion, and a holistic perspective of birth in our culture. Pam lives, paints, teaches, writes, hikes, in New Mexico.Learn more at Pam’s personal page: sevengatesmedia.com, her personal blog (Birth Peeps with Pam England), the BirthingFromWithin.com page or follow the conversation on Facebook.


*May contain affiliate links. This means that -at no extra cost to you- I may get a small percentage of what you buy. That is one of the ways of helping me continue to do this podcast – Thank you!

Like the music on the podcast?:

Title music:Vibe Aceby Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive / CC BY (edited for length).

Sponsorship music:Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, from the Free Music Archive / CC BY (edited for length).

Get Your FREE Postpartum Plan!

Sign up to get access to my NEW Postpartum Prep. Plan to help you prepare for life with a newborn! You'll also get updates from me from time to time.

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

Recent Episodes

What’s HypnoBirthing Anyway?

What’s HypnoBirthing Anyway?

Hypnosis in childbirth, often known as HypnoBirthing, is one tool you can use to lessen pain perception and let your oxytocin flow. Adriana Lozada breaks down the origin of this tool, and how you can practice it ahead of giving birth. Are you planning on using...

Let’s Talk Openly about Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Let’s Talk Openly about Pregnancy and Infant Loss

October is Pregnancy, Infant, and Child loss awareness month. The topic has been in our social media feeds for the last week after Chrissy Teigen and John Legend shared their painful experience losing a pregnancy. They broke open a taboo topic that we at Birthful have...

*May contain affiliate links. This means that -at no extra cost to you- I may get a small percentage of what you buy. That is one of the ways of helping me continue to do this podcast – Thank you!