Birth Reclaiming Session

Birth doesn’t always go as planned, for you or the baby.

Many parents need a way to move beyond the process of birth and find a way to reclaim the experience, the hurt, even their child, for themselves.

sad mom and baby

Birth Leaves Physical and Mental Traces on You and Your Baby


It’s okay to not feel okay with what happened at your birth, and to want to talk and to process. Even if nothing “bad” happened to you, you still need to be your best self for the entire postpartum period

What is reclaiming good for?

  • Baby Blues or Birth Trauma
  • Breastfeeding Struggles
  • Loss for your Birth Story

Finding Space for Your Thoughts


The times available to process your birth are few and far between after baby arrives. Often thoughts sneak in at bedtime, or in the few calm moments you have.

These quiet times are usually when you wish you could simply take care of yourself and relax and not deal with the bubbling up of grief, anger, pain, or hurt.

Often a reclaiming session can allow you to focus much of the processing you need on one moment, and give you back more of your postpartum period for yourself and your child.

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Birth Reclaiming Baby Foot and Mom Hand

Reconnect and Rebuild your Birth Experience


Birth Reclaiming is an evidence based process with an emotional and physical benefit.

Based on lactation research, it is a simple way to reconnect with the baby’s birth instincts, and to return a mother to a calm, reprocessing state.

Reclaim Your Birth

  • Done in Your Home
  • On your Own Timeline
  • Safely Immersed in Water
  • Never Submerged
  • With Support from a Birth Doula Counsellor

Is There Evidence for Birth Reclaiming?

Absolutely. Reclaiming works on the principles of cognitive replacement, lactation instinct retriggering, and theta cycle sensory calming, all processes studied in detail by lactation and cognitive scientists - and they all support that going through physical steps to process is just as helpful as going through the mental steps for healing.

Does this sound like what you need?

How healthy and whole you feel is as important to taking care of your child as your child being healthy. A mother's mental health IS her child's long term health.

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Is there Evidence for Birth Reclaiming?

Absolutely. Reclaiming works on the principles of cognitive replacement, lactation instinct retriggering, and theta cycle sensory calming, all processes studied in detail by lactation and cognitive scientists - and they all support that going through physical steps to process is just as helpful as going through the mental steps for healing.

Does this sound like something you need?

How healthy and whole you feel is as important to taking care of your child as your child being healthy. A mother's mental health IS her child's long term health.

Request a Session Now

What does a Birth Reclaiming Session Look Like


Your reclaiming session can look anything like you’d like it to look like. Any elements or pieces that you need to have in your day can be brought in; previous parents have chosen particular poetry, prayers, oils, music, locations, and objects. Some parents just want to talk. Some just want to say nothing.

Before


Before your session we have a talk to figure out what’s important to you, details you want to discuss. If we attended your birth, this may be a short discussion. If you’re new to us, we may spend some time making sure we have the details to help you best.

Your Reclaiming Day


Most sessions are booked on a Weekend day in order to commit 5 or more hours to your session. We often begin first thing in the morning communicating to find the best time to arrive, and to start the process of mimicking a doula’s arrival at birth.


We set up exactly like we might in labour, assembling and filling the pool, gathering up supplies, eating, joking.


We center ourselves and let you immerse yourself in the water as long as you want, alone at first, then with your child, or other children, in the order that makes sense most to you.


We laugh, cry, pray, sing, mediate anyway the journey takes us. I am there to lead when you need me, and to follow where you wish to go.

After


We reconnect to discuss what you thought worked, what you have more questions about, and to share the new photos and memories of your child and yourself.

Birth Reclaiming Prices

Simple

$200

Your Own Tub
  • 5 Hour Session
  • Pool Rental
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Extras

$400

More Support
  • 5 Hour Session
  • Pool Rental
  • Child Support Person
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Options to fit your personal situation are always available, contact us!

Frequently Asked Questions

Not exactly. While some people use the term rebirthing to mean approximately what we do, or other good breastfeeding practises, there are other people that practise odd, unsupported, or downright dangerous ideas. So we’ve chosen a new term to clarify what we do. Our session is very down to earth, and won’t seem much more than taking a relaxing bath and talking with a good friend.
Absolutely. The parent and the child are kept above water at all times, younger infants are watched by another caregiver at all times, and we do nothing more physical than a warm bath.
We book 5 hours on a weekend day to your session. Additional hours are possible, and some sessions go shorter, but it’s good to leave about this amount of time to dedicate to the process.
Sure. We make our birth pool available to all reclaiming session parents, but if you have a different vision in mind, or don’t want the cost of the pool use, we can use your own space. Many parents like the immersive experience of the larger tub.
No. We’re not licensed therapists and we don’t pretend to treat any psychological conditions. This session is meant to be used for uncomplicated processing of birth concerns, or to be used in conjunction with therapy overseen by a licensed practitioner.
Does this idea sound close, but not exactly what you’re looking for? We also do hourly peer counselling sessions, and 3 hour previous birth experience sessions.