How to Strengthen Your Marriage After Children | Britta Bushnell, PhD


#166 Dr. Britta Bushnell is back to discuss the challenges of emotional intimacy and the ways in which we can reconnect as a couple now that we’re parents. It’s part two of our extremely popular conversation: “The Mother’s Journey: Confronting the Unknown”. We’re taking baby steps, and Britta is here to help us wade through the metamorphic mama goo.

PART ONE: #161. You may not feel like a goddess right now, but it turns out we have a lot in common with Inanna, the Sumerian mother goddess of Heaven and Earth. Drawing upon mythology and decades of experience as a childbirth educator, Dr. Brita Bushnell brings healing light to the unique challenges and identity shifts we experience as mamas. After all, motherhood is the ultimate rite of passage.

xx Ellie Knaus

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Meet Our Guest:

Using cultural mythology and ritual preparation, Britta challenges hidden preconceptions and helps clients and audiences cultivate new ways to approach life’s most important transitions. An avid student as well as teacher, Britta has attended workshops and trainings with many birth experts such as Ina May Gaskin, Dr. Michel Odent, Phyllis Klaus, Dr. Sarah Buckley, Robbie Davis-Floyd, and many others. Additionally, she has practiced yoga since the early ‘90’s and began her professional career as the general manager of the world-famous Yoga Works in Santa Monica. Always hungry to deepen her own wisdom, Britta has studied with thought-leaders from varied disciplines including: author Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Women Who Run With the Wolves); relationship and polarity experts David Deida, Sofia Diaz, and Michaela Boehm; ritual specialist Dr. Ronald Grimes; Tina Stromsted, Meg Wilbur, and Dorothy Anderson of the Marion Woodman Foundation; Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche; Jack Zimmerman and others at the Ojai Foundation council program; Solution-Focused Brief Therapy expert Teri Pichot; and numerous experts in the field of yoga.

Britta spent more than a decade with the organization Birthing From Within where she led trainings, ran the mentor program, taught classes for parents, and developed curricula alongside author and founder, Pam England.  -

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