Transformed by Birth. With Britta Bushnell

Transformed by Birth with Britta Bushnell

I’ve always been fascinated by the transformative process of birth, which is why I became a birth doula. Today, I’m excited to speak with Britta, a seasoned childbirth educator, to explore how birth is truly the first and most crucial initiation into parenthood.

What We Talked About

  • The importance of childbirth as an initiation into parenthood.
  • Mythology and storytelling as meaning-making practices for adults and kids. 
  • Incorporating rituals into family life to help you live and share your values.
  • How perfectionism can both hinder and help in our parenting
  • Practical tips for crafting seamless transitions between work and parenting

Things to Remember

“Parenting is a messy, creative, unknowable magical thing that creates a being on the other side.”

“Parenthood is like a yoga practice, that idea of coming to the mat every day and knowing that some days are better and some days are worse, yet you still show up and do your best.”

“What causes us the most suffering is the resistance to what is happening.”

“Parenthood teaches us an openness to the unbidden.”

“Perfectionism is a strategy, and as a strategy, it most often gets in our way.”

“Infants respond well to rhythm and predictability in their lives.”

“To find ways to be tender with ourselves and to forgive ourselves. That is the true antidote to perfectionism’s toxins.”

“Children help to create the fabric of the values of the family.”

― Britta Bushnell

Additional Resources

Transformed by Birth: Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life-Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood

Let’s Continue the conversation…

Now, Britta and I want to hear from you!

Are you curious about the magic of daily rituals? Listen in and learn from my guest, Britta Bushnell, how they can transform your life.

Remember, The Art of Parenting was created for you. If you have any suggestions for experts, I should have on the show or parenting questions you want to be answered. Please let me know here.

More About My Guest

Dr. Britta Bushnell (she/her) is a wife and mother, author of Transformed by Birth, veteran childbirth educator, celebrated speaker, mythologist, and specialist in childbirth, relationship, and parenting. 

For over twenty years, she has worked with individuals and couples as they prepare for the life-changing experience of giving birth. 

Her doctoral work in mythology and psychology and her dedicated study of solution-focused processing, storytelling, and sustaining sexual and romantic vibrancy, even during parenthood, have enriched her work with parents.

When not working with parents, Britta loves spending time with her husband, Brent, and their grown children, either adventuring in the mountains, playing games, or traveling to exotic destinations.

Show Sponsor

Stay calm and boost your parenting confidence with support from 25+ experts in toddler behavior, development, health, and parenting. Register now for FREE!


The Art of Parenting is now available on Spotify, Apple iTunes, and Stitcher. Subscribe to your favorite today

Share The Knowledge


More to explore

Let Grow. With Lenore Skenazy

Today’s guest was named “America’s Worst Mom” for supporting her son’s desire to take the subway home 16 years ago. Since then,

Leave a Comment

Parenting was never meant to be done alone!